It's a little hard to tell, but these gentleman are leaning up against a fairly marked up William Cullen Bryant monument in Bryant Park. The photo was taken in 1953 by photographer N. Jay Jaffee.
|Bryant Park, W.C. Bryant Monument, 1953. Photo by N. Jay Jaffee. Image: Brooklyn Museum|
Jaffee is one of my favorite photographers right now, so here are a few more of his images:
Another park scene, not Bryant Park.
|Woman in Black, 1978. Photo by N. Jay Jaffee. Image: Brooklyn Museum|
|Who Has Three or Four Rooms (Brownsville, NY), 1950. Photo by N.J. Jaffee. Image: Brooklyn Museum|
|Kishke King, Pitkin Avenue (Brownsville, NY) 1953. Photo by N. Jay Jaffee. Image: Brooklyn Museum|