Back to my collection of 1990s non-digital photos, I found two scenes lost from Carmine Street. One was the Village Flute and Sax repair shop. Run by Rick Rajca since 1977 and closed in 2001, the shop now exists online only.
In its place today stands a Thai restaurant. One of thousands of other Thai restaurants in the city.
I also found this photo of Joe's Pizza, on the corner of Carmine and Bleecker.
One of my favorite things about these two old photos are the people in them--the brass repairman in his apron, the old Villager in his trench coat and red necktie, possibly wearing a wig.
Joe's Pizza initially gave way--along with its Vegetable Garden neighbor--to Abatino's pizza and pasta. Today, Joe's lives on further along the block, but the Vegetable Garden wasn't so lucky.
photo: West Village Bob
Where Joe's and Vegetable Garden once were, there is now Grom--one in a chain of many from an Italian gelato company.