Chopped eggs and mushrooms with an individual box of anchovies. A cream cheese and jelly sandwich. Stewed prunes with cream for dessert. All washed down with a glass of sour milk.
This is a meal you could have had at Ratner's on Second Avenue in July of 1970--that's the date on this menu sent in by reader Jack Womack. However, it might not have been the most tranquil, worry-free meal you had. To wit, here are some headlines and sub-headlines from the Times' coverage of (mostly) the Lower East Side and East Village in July of 1970.
-the body of a 75-year-old woman, her hands tied with wire, was found dead yesterday in her ransacked co-op apartment at 500 Grand Street on the Lower East Side.
-after a hot, airless day on Avenue C on the Lower East Side where the smells from the outdoor vegetable stands mingle with the stench of garbage, about 200 restless youths shattered the windows of George Seligman's drugstore.
-Policemen called to stop the looting of a drugstore in the East Village last night were forced to fire eight shots into the air to disperse a threatening crowd of Puerto Ricans.
-Will an eight-foot-high wire fence keep people from dumping garbage into vacant slum lots?
-a wave of bombings in New York had reached "gigantic" proportions.
-Three fires within two hours broke out last night at Callagy Hall, the city's children's shelter in the East Village.
-City Continues to Be Mecca for Artists; Artists Find City Is a Costly Mecca
-Do you have a right not to be stored in a computer, where you can be called up for instant investigation by any bureaucrat or law officer who considers you a 'person of interest'? If you haven't thought about that, it's high time you did.