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Ukuleles and Space Shoes at 310 West 10th Street, New York | by niznoz
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Ukuleles and Space Shoes at 310 West 10th Street, New York

"Yeah we're still sitting here,

Waiting for the day the Murray Space Shoe craft

Will come and take us away." Murray Space Shoe by Sonic Uke.

 

Alan E. Murray, a professional ice skater, invented his Space Shoes in 1939. They were so comfortable that Danny Kaye ruined his reputation as a dandy by wearing them. As well as producing shoes, Murray was an author, writing "The truth about Original Sin & Shoemaking" which no longer seems to be in print, but is advertised on some foot-health websites. After Murray's death, the business moved away from West 10th street, to California. The Space Shoe Stoop is now the scene of uke-i-nannies, night-time jam sessions in which the ukulele community from New York and beyond, gather to pay tribute to the easily carried instrument. Sonic Uke, who live in the building, also organize the NY Uke Fest.

 

And as occupant10014 points out below, this location was also the site of hootenannies invoving Pete Seeger, Woody Gutherie, et al, . Amazing.

 

I've mapped this, and other New York oddities and points of interest.

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Taken on April 10, 2006