Thursday, June 25, 2009

Beauty Before & After

About a month ago, Beauty Bar opened another outlet of its growing chain in Bushwick, Brooklyn. The original opened on 14th Street in 1995.

The New York Times in 1997 called the ambiance here and at Beauty's sister bars "part theater, part seance to the ghosts of the spaces' former occupants." The former occupant here was a beauty parlor owned by Florence Cusmano. According to the Voice, "When they took over and turned it into a watering hole, they kept on the then 87-year-old Cusmano until she couldn't make the trip from her apartment anymore."

An addition to the Vanishing New York flickr pool turned up this ghostly image:

Photo by Aonghais MacInnes on flickr

You can play "note the differences." There aren't many, really. But the "Please Be Quiet" sign in the new photo is definitely missing in the old.


Mario Marchese said...

"Beauty Bar" is one of those place you can walk in and feel comfortable. I haven't been to the one in Brooklyn.

Mykola Dementiuk said...

Not sure if on its right or to its left was the Metropolitan Theater the first gay movie house in NYC...later torn down

Mykola Dementiuk said...

A night view more used to seeing it that way

Lisanne said...

De-NICE is the best bartendress eva!