Monday, November 24, 2008

Hudson's sign fading away on East 13th Street

Seems as if the on-again, off-again construction at 103 E. Third Ave. at 13th Street has been going on forever. I forgot now what's even going on up there. There was talk of a hotel some years back.



In any event, the new paint job on the 13th Street side is getting awfully close to the faded ad of one of the site's former occupants, Hudson's Army-Navy Store.



What are the chances the developer has an appreciation of history, and will let the old Hudson's ad stay as it has been for years...?



You can just make out a smidgen of a Hudson's street sign on the bottom left in this undated photo of the Third Avenue El by David Pirmann from nycsubway.org. (Pirmann took the shot looking south from the 14th Street station.)



The nycsubway site includes an article on the launch of the Third Avenue El from Aug. 27, 1878. A reporter asked business owners along Third Avenue about the new noise casued by the elevated train. This included the proprietors of 103 E. Third Ave.:

At Lamke Brothers', grocers, No. 103 Third avenue: "Naw, we are used to noises on this avenue."

Meanwhile, take a ride on the Third Avenue El via YouTube. You may have seen this before, but...:

7 comments:

hntrnyc said...

you know, I thought I was crazy but I swore there was a army navy store somewhere around there when I used to come here in the early eighties. could it have been the same one? any idea when it closed?

EV Grieve said...

It closed in the early 1990s...so this was likely the same spot, HG.

Mykola Dementiuk said...

In the very last clip what movie theater is that?

Anyway, that's a great little film...

Mykola Dementiuk said...

Plus my book "100 Whores" (due out Dec 2009) takes place on 3rd Avenue between 12th & 14th Streets in the 1960s. The area has certainly changed, in more ways than just one...but it's nice to go back in dreams...

http://100whores.blogspot.com/

hntrnyc said...

actually, I remember getting propositioned for the first time in that area back in 1982. used to be quite a "colorful" strip back then.

EV Grieve said...

Thanks for the comment, Mykola...I'm not sure what theater that was...I like the sound of your book.

michfan2123 said...

That video was great, thanks for posting it.