Tuesday, August 3, 2010

All Types

The Essex Ale House (formerly 12" Bar, formerly Filthy McNasty's) recently shuttered. But it's the location's formerly, formerly, formerly that reveals itself in this 1980s photo taken by reader Seena Liff:

Houston Upholstery

"ALL TYPES." That's what it takes.

Seena has a couple of other shots to share, like this oldie of East Broadway at Clinton Street:

The Mayflower

And this shot of Love Saves the Day, from before it went to 7th and 2nd. It's a rare capture of a lost piece of the East Village.

Love Saves the Day

And what do we find in that tiny spot of St. Mark's Place today?

from Google Maps


EV Grieve said...

I love the shot of 179 Essex.

Bowery Boogie said...

awesome finds. that love saves the day pic is great.

Grand St. said...

Grew up around the corner from the Mayflower. The awning on the candy store has four names: Iris & Teddy, a couple from the neighborhood that (I believe) were the proprietors; and 'Kaka' & 'Shiml', which made local kids laugh, but whose identities remained a mystery. (Were they nicknames, pet names, a comedy act, etc.?)

Seena, any insight? ....and love the pics. More, more!

c.o. moed said...

That East Broadway shot? the Mayflower was owned by a classmate's father who was a slumlord even if he did live in middle class housing. That candy shop was nirvana which also meant I was never allowed in because we weren't allowed to eat let along buy candy. The exception was the night my bubbie died, Florence let me get something there.

recently passed the mayflower - it's renovated hipster housing, at least that's what it looks like from the street.

Laura Goggin Photography said...

I can't believe that top shot is from the 80s - I would have guessed the 30s. Nice collection.

Roberta said...

Feeling nostalgic, in a good way, from these pix. Thanks!

fifilaru said...

I loved Love Saves the Day. A lot of my wardrobe came from there in the 80s. It was a fun place.

Ed said...

However, this is an example of how this blog can be frustrating at times.

You start with the information that whatever replacement exists for Filthy McNasty's shuttered recently. This isn't earthshattering, but I actually was in that bar twice. It wasn't a bad bar. But Manhattan has too many bars. But then Manhattan doesn't have enough good bars. And the transformation of a part of the LES from immigrant (mostly Jewish) neighborhood to bohemian to bobo to a replica of the Meatpacking district, if that is what it is now, is an interesting topic. Also, do we really care about the vanishing of New York from the 90s or was the demise of the 70s scene the key event.

So why bring St. Mark's Place into it? Couldn't the information on St. Mark's Place have been a separate post with its own comments? This is at least ten blocks away and a complete separate neighborhood. Why not throw in something about Tribeca, the neighborhood is just as close to the whole original point of the post.

Jeremiah Moss said...

Ed, you bring up an important question when you say, "do we really care about the vanishing of New York from the 90s or was the demise of the 70s scene the key event."

to answer for myself, what interests me more is not the 70s at all, but the way that a relatively slow-paced gentrification (which began in the EV with the Beats) turned into a tsunami of hyper-gentrification around about 2000.

without that big push for luxury, gentrification might have ebbed and flowed, as it had for decades. so now what happens? is it ever possible for a spontaneous, creative scene to erupt in a place that's been bulldozed and covered in luxe glass buildings?