Come together, right now…

Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman share a moment in "All the President's Men" - note the typewriter

Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman share a moment in “All the President’s Men” – note the typewriter

I knew it! It was just a matter of time before those glassy-eyed, 24/7 internet trollers and “solopreneurs” working from home would  emerge from their solitary caves seeking company. So now we have a host of co-working places such as NeueHouse on East 25th St. in New York. NeueHouse claims to be “a complete rethinking of the ideal working environment for today’s creators” who

The Upper Livingroom at NeueHouse which describes itself as a "private membership work collective"

The Upper Livingroom at NeueHouse which describes itself as a “private membership work collective”

presumably are tired of  sitting around home in their P.J.’s or are just lonely. Many workers, The New York Times reported when alerting us to this trend, say “they need a hive to be happy and productive.” Duh!

Whenever I grouse about the lack of Continuing Ed opportunities on the Island, I get this chorus of: “Take an online course.” What, no interaction in the flesh from the other “students?”  No scholarly community? Just whom am I going to bond with in a virtual classroom, my computer screen?

Full disclosure: When I arrived at Fairchild Publication’s Women’s Wear Daily   in New York in the last century and was faced with a sea of ugly metal desks, ringing telephones (Remember those?) and booming voices,  I panicked.

How does one work here, I asked myself. Long a lover of the libraryesque quiet work place, this scene was my worst nightmare. But with survival skills in high gear, I got over fearing the ruckus and found, as time passed, I wouldn’t want it any other way.

Looks like they didn't have AC either -- A community of reporters in the late Thirties

Looks like they didn’t have AC either — A community of reporters in the late Thirties

That became painfully clear when I went the corporate route, exchanging the hustle and bustle of 7 E. 12th St for solitary confinement, high up in the General Motors building on Fifth Ave., home to Clinique, one of the many Estee Lauder brands.

On a clear day, you could see New Jersey across the Hudson from my very own office in the public relations department. Forget the view! Let’s talk about the electric typewriter, push-button phone, AC and a SECRETARY — all novelties. But, gee, it was quiet. So, when the call came asking me to return to the Fairchild fold (with the perk of a cut in salary), I couldn’t head downtown fast enough. I was going home.

Guess you had to get dressed up at "Women's Wear Daily," friends would say. Not really.

Guess you had to get dressed up at “Women’s Wear Daily,” friends would say. Not really.

One thought on “Come together, right now…

  1. Pammi–

    FYI: The photos aren’t coming up unless you click on them, and then you see them on a separate “document,” if that’s the right word.

    Anyway, your caption about a newsroom in the late Thirties says they didn’t have AC. Perhaps more to the point, they also didn’t have women or other minorities. Where’s that photo from? It could even be Fairchild, although not at 7 E 12, of course, which wasn’t home to us until the Fifties.

    Pls tell Laurie I truly appreciate her comment about my photo,

    And keep those Golden Oldies comin’ in!

    Mort

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