Digging back into my small archive of print photos from the early/middle 1990s, we did Times Square, and now here's the East Village collection scanned. It's only 7 photos, but it shows some of what was here 15 years ago.
All but one of the places in these images has vanished.
Kurowycky Meats: A Halloween ghost hangs with the meat in the window, back before meat was outlawed and Kurowycky had to hang plastic sausages in its place--back before Kurowycky closed and became Kim's. They used to trim the fat off my chicken.
Stingy Lulu's: Where drag queens served you breakfast and cocktails, before it became one thing, then another thing, and now Hop Devil Grill.
Wolinnin Funeral Home: Before it became a pottery studio and now the Butter Lane cupcake shop.
Leshko's Coffee Shop: Of the buzzing flies and cakes under foggy plastic covers, of the late-night breakfasts, and the junkies slipping into the bathroom to shoot up. Before it became the hideous noise-fest it is today.
VFW: Where was this? 9th Street? Old men used to hang around outside.
Ray's Candy: This is the only photo I have in this collection of an East Village place that hasn't vanished, or changed much at all.