Turning back the hands of time
This clock sits outside a former branch of Bank Leumi on the Lower East Side. (Jefferson Siegel)
With the change back to Eastern Standard Time today, it's an appropriate time to look at one of the many artistic and historically significant clocks that can still be found around town. This clock is situated over the doorway of 85 Delancey St. near Orchard Street on the Lower East Side.
According to the blog, It's About Time, this used to be a branch of Bank Leumi. The blog describes the clock as, "Deco meets Classical meets Roman. Meets Broken."
In a 2007 letter to the NYC Dept. of City Planning that identified significant historical sites on the LES, the 1936 building is further identified as "Four-story, Neo-Renaissance cast-stone bank and commercial building with bronze door and clock for Public National Bank and Trust Company.