Friday, November 5, 2010

The Ninth Street Bread N Cake Bakery was great until they applied for a liquor license

Thanks to Goggla's comment the other day, we've all been spending far too much time looking at photos from the New York Public Library archives ... EV Grieve reader Pinhead came across this shot..

It's taken from the old Cooper Union building, looking at Stuyvesant Street to the east toward St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery, 1856.



As Pinhead says: "Be sure to zoom the amazing detail, like the Ninth Street Bread N Cake Bakery at 172 E 9th (an address that doesn't exist anymore because of the NYU dorm)."

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ha ha! Ever since that night Goggla shared the link, I've been searching like crazy as well! I live on Allen between Stanton & Rivington and am amazed how my area looked so long ago. :)

Anonymous said...

Look, it's also missing the ugliest garden in NY, that horrific fenced-in pit in the middle of that intersection. (I forget it's name, but I know it's named by the guy who donated the money, and that he named it after himself, which they then made a law against.)

Anonymous said...

Amazing headline. Truly.

pinhead said...

Extreme close-ups...
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HippieChick said...

Great picture! What's that church-like building up on what looks to be 14th Street, next to (I think) the Con Ed tower?

Goggla said...

I've been trying to wean myself off the NYPL site this week, but thanks you you guys, no such luck! It's a wonder we haven't crashed their site yet.

pinhead said...

@HippieChick
Thanks, another afternoon wasted! But I think I have your answer: The steeple is actually St. Marks church (the photo was taken about 70 years before the Con Ed tower was built if the photo's 1856 date is right). The church-like building, near as I can tell, was the Tabernacle Baptist Church, at 162 to 166 2nd Ave (where the Urban Outfitters building is now). Here's a 1928 pic, and here's the demolition in 1929, and an 1896 article about a foreclosure on the property by John D. Rockefeller.