“By the 1960s, using the New York subway meant navigating what a John Lindsay-era task force called "the most squalid public environment of the United States: dank, dingily lit, fetid, raucous with screeching clatter, one of the world's meanest transit facilities.”
“On a weekday the folk were dingily and curiously hung about with dirty rags of housecloth and scarlet flannel, sacking, curtain serge, and patches of old carpet, and went either bare-footed or on rude wooden sandals.”
“It is like a grotto gaudily but dingily decorated, or a vast circus-tent curtained off in hangings of those colors.”
“It was a place rather dingily lighted, the darkest portions having incandescent lights, filled with machines and work benches.”
“Uncle Fred, a stingy and grey-faced man of forty, who just lived dingily for himself, went into town every day.”
“Than queening it at balls, she felt more in her element seated in a rather dingily furnished drawing-room, holding poor Agnes”
“But the next instant she heard that dingy voice, that spoke so many languages dingily, assailing her with familiarity:”
“The little inn at Lorette was then kept by a worthy host bearing the above-mentioned name, which was dingily lettered out upon a swinging sign, dingily representing a trotting horse, -- emblem as dear to the slow Canadian as to the fast American mind.”
“The source of it was plain -- an open door under a vast white signboard dingily lettered”
“The dingily gaudy saloon fronts, like drabs in blowsy finery, struck a too sophisticated, sinister note -- which, after all, only sums up completely the change which had taken place.”
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