“I believe in control from below and support from above.” —Jane
May 4, 1916–April 25, 2006
It was the mid-1930s and New York City was languishing deep in the Great Depression. Jobs were few and far between, but young secretary Jane Butzner dreamed of being a journalist. At weekends she could often be found walking and cycling all over the city, getting to know different neighborhoods. She discovered and fell in love with Greenwich Village, and moved there with her older sister Betty.
Jane was fascinated by the everyday life of New York and she started writing articles about it. She sold stories to Vogue about the fur, flower and diamond districts, and even learned how to read the numbers and letters on manhole covers so as to know what exactly was going on beneath the sidewalks. She wrote about that too in an article published in Cue, a listings magazine.