Monday, October 29, 2012

45th & 7th Ave [NE Corner] (October 26, 2012)

Microsoft Holiday Store. Timed with the launch of its Windows 8 operating system and it Surface tablet computer, Microsoft opened the first of 34 holiday store in Times Square NYC on October 25th, 2012. The Tablet, designed to compete with Apple's iPad, is the first and only piece of hardware built by Microsoft, the 37-year-old computer software giant.           CLICK TO ENLARGE

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Powers St & Graham Ave [NW Corner] (June 3, 2012)

Williamsburg, Brooklyn...  New York Big Apple Images says that "Metropolitan Tobacco was founded in 1899 by Adolph D. Bendheim," and notes that "because they sold to jobbers at retail rates (thus eliminating the tobacco companies' profit), they were charged as a trust and broken up in 1914." Today, this attractive building is home to one kick-ass laundromat, Lavanderia Express.
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

4th & Broadway [SW Corner] (1960s & 2012)

"Then-n-Now!"

Back in the day, L'elite Coffee Shop occupied this Greenwich Village corner... And the coffee shop sported an awesome "Enjoy Tab" Cola signage... As trucks from New Deal Delivery Service and Emery Air Freight idled out in the street... And a loft was for sale on the 2nd floor. I wonder who eventually bought that loft... A family? A winner? A loser? An average Joe? How much did it cost? Nostalgia makes all this stuff seem so much cooler than a yellow hybrid taxi idling in front of a Duane Reade pharmacy.       CLICK TO ENLARGE

I don't recall the source of this "then" photo

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

120th & 3rd Ave [SW Corner] (September 2, 2012)

Headquartered in Queens, NY with 54 stores, Fabco Shoes is "New York's neighborhood shoe store." It looks like the signage at some of these locations hasn't changed since Fabco's founding in 1954. And that's the way we like it.                  CLICK TO ENLARGE

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Christopher & Hudson St [NW Corner] (June 16, 2012)

131 Christopher Street, a beautiful West Village building just steps from the PATH train to Hoboken, NJ. Dolce Vizio might have had the best tiramisu in the city. Too bad it closed in early 2012. Next door stands the "World's Smallest Store," owned buy a guy named "Parksarezoosfortrees" (Parks are zoos for trees), who was raised by birds. And The Path Cafe is a popular coffee/wine/beer bar that features an open mic on Fridays.                          CLICK TO ENLARGE

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

10th & 4th Ave [SE Corner] (August 4, 2012)

The street artist / graffiti artist / vandal MORAL sprays paint out of a fire extinguisher to create his bold statements on NYC walls. He and his partner KATSU have been bombing the boroughs with fire extinguisher tags for the past couple of years. (Here are some examples, and an awesome video.) The photo was taken during a Summer Streets event, where nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets are opened up for everyone to play, run, walk, and bike.         CLICK TO ENLARGE

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

South St & Beekman St [NE Corner] (September 30, 2012)

M. Slavin & Sons LTD is a 100-year old commercial fish supplier, now operating out of Brooklyn and The Bronx. In 2011, the Slavin family sold their three Manhattan buildings, at 104-106 South Street, to South Street Waterfront LLC., a venture in which the Slavin family also has an interest. (Fishy?). The connected buildings will will likely house a restaurant and residential apartments. The recently Frank Gehry-renovated Beekman Tower lurks in the background.        CLICK TO ENLARGE

Sunday, October 14, 2012

36th & 7th Ave [SE Corner] (October 13, 2012)

Nerd Alert! Two girls, in costume, make their way to New York Comic Con, a convention dedicated to the comics, graphic novels, anime, manga, video games, toys, movies, and television. The popular convention draws more than 100,000 attendees per year. Notable guests have included Kevin Smith, Stan Lee, Daniel Dae Kim, Coheed and Cambria, and more.    CLICK TO ENLARGE

Thursday, October 11, 2012

132nd & Lenox Ave [NW Corner] (1915 & 2012)

"Then-n-Now!"

We found this picture of the Northwest corner of 132nd Street and Lenox Avenue alongside an article entitled "The First Black Policeman Remembers," on the Columbia 250 Website, dedicated to Columbia University's 250-year anniversary. Interesting stuff about Irish, German, Jewish, Italian, white, and black gangs in the early 1900s. "I used to like to fight, I was strong and healthy."
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kenmare & Cleveland Place [SW Corner] (September 9, 2012)

La Esquina. Upstairs, a festive snack bar serves tacos, tortas, and, of course, Jarritos Mexican sodas. Downstairs, there's a "Mexican dungeon complete with metalwork, distressed stone walls, secluded booths, and private cells " NY Mag says gaining entrance "takes knowing someone in the industry" or "smooth talking."                              CLICK TO ENLARGE

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

12th & 2nd Ave [SW Corner] (1930 & 2012)

"Then-n-Now!"

The Village East Cinema in Manhattan's East Village. The theater opened in 1926 as The Yiddish Art Theater, attracting such notable attendees aAlbert Einstein, Charlie Chaplin, George Gershwin and former New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. After several mid-century name changes, the theater was restored in 1992, and remains the neighborhood's best place to see both blockbusters and independent films, alike. It's sister, the world-famous Angelika Film Center, is located 10 blocks South, on Mercer and Houston. The 1930 photo (from the NYPL archives) shows the theater when it was called Yiddish Folks Theatre.        CLICK TO ENLARGE


Monday, October 8, 2012

Spring & 6th Ave [NE Corner] (September 30, 2012)

A graffiti-covered van is parked in front of the SoHo Spring Street Subway Station, serving the C and E trains. The building, 166 Avenue of the Americas, is the home of God's Love We Deliver, "the tri-state area's leading provider of nutritious, individually-tailored meals to people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves."                          CLICK TO ENLARGE

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Park Place & Broadway [SW Corner] (September 30, 2012)

Weekend Wildcard:  Let's Go Yankees
With the World Series playoffs starting tonight, let's hope there's another champion's stroll down the Canyon of Heroes in their near future.   Yankees Vs. Orioles. 6:00 p.m. EST.     CLICK TO ENLARGE

Friday, October 5, 2012

102nd & 3rd Ave [SW Corner] (September 2, 2012)

This block-long complex in Spanish Harlem houses two FDNY companies and one NYPD precinct house. Fire Department:  Engine Company 53 (organized in 1885) and  Ladder Company 43 (started in 1913) joined forces in 1974, and swiftly became known as "El Barrio's Bravest." Police Department:  In her 2003 book, "23rd Precinct: The Job," author Arlene Schulman spent two years documenting New York City's 23rd Precinct.                CLICK TO ENLARGE

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Grand St & W Broadway [NW Corner] (September 9, 2012)

A woman and child on a bike roll by Felix Restaurant & Bar in SoHo. NY Mag says that, while Felix has some decent French dishes -- like  moules frites and spicy merguez sausage -- it's best suited as a rest stop for downtown shoppers... "to throw back a beer or cold Lillet, compare purchases, and figure out where you’re going next."  A good Sunday Funday spot.           CLICK TO ENLARGE

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

1st & Bowery [NE Corner] (1989 & 2012)

"Then-n-Now!" 

We once again visit the corner of 1st Street and The Bowery. This image shows the famous "bad old days" of the East Village, where homeless men set trash can fires to stay warm. Almost looks like a movie set. And the very famous CBGB music club is in the background. (Your favorite NYC Corners photographer once played in a band that played one gig at CBGB.) Most of this area has been replaced by luxury rentals, generic banks, and expensive boutique shops. You could call this corner 'ground zero' for everything against which neighborhood purists and preservationists rally.
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Monday, October 1, 2012

31st & 5th Ave [SW Corner] (September 16, 2012)

Revisiting 31st Street and 5th Avenue. It's a no brainer that an amateur New York City street photographer would be drawn to photographing the Willoughby's corner, near Korea Town. Established in 1898 by Charles Willoughby, Willoughby's Imaging Center claims to be "NYC’s oldest photographic emporium, serving consumers through three centuries."      CLICK TO ENLARGE