Miss Moore Remembers Early Days at the GrinnellBy Jaundine Moore
Miss Jaundine (Geraldine) Moore lived at the Grinnell, in Apartment 2F, from
July 1937 until her death in September 2004. As a girl, she moved to the Grinnell
with her mother and aunt and attended school at St Catharine's Academy on
West 152nd Street (the school and building still exist). Although Miss Moore was
a fount of information about the Grinnell and its surrounding neighborhood, and
had known many of the original residents, she was a private person and shared
information in bits and pieces. Once, however, in response to a request from a
curious neighbor, she typed a sheet of Grinnell memories, random thoughts that
evoke visions of a long-lost era. She entitle those memories "Grinnell Tidbits."
When we came to the Grinnell, we were told by one of the tenants that in the early
days the management gave dances for the tenants. Dances were given in the late
spring and early summer. Dances were held on the roof; live music was provided.
The dances were free.
There was elevator service for tenants and workers around the clock. One elevator was
for the tenants; the second elevator was for the building's workers and for the servants of the tenants. (continue)