Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The East Village in January 1987

Thanks to EastVillageRat for sharing these photos from January 1987... You can find the whole collection here on Flickr.

Ninth Street looking west toward Avenue C...


Eighth Street just east of Avenue B...


Unsure on this one... Eighth Street just east of Avenue B...


This looks to be between Eighth Street and Ninth Street looking toward Avenue C...


... and as timeless as a shot as you'll find... looking west on 10th Street between Avenue B and Avenue A...


Via EastVillageRat's photostream.

18 comments:

NYCDreamin said...

Very cool photos...thanks Grieve and East Village Rat!

tater said...

The one you are unsure of is another picture of the same stretch of 8th between B & C (my block). Great photos!

Melanie said...

Lovely photos!!I was there too!!There was a great small and intimate French Restaurant on 9th and C the name escapes me--it was something new in the area..a first of it's kind. There was also a lovely French Bistro on 1st and 1st owned by a high school friend of mine named Martin. These places were new but instead of displacing other "old timey" restaurants--they added something unique and special to the EV. Nice memories.

EV Grieve said...

Ah, right! Thanks Tater... I see that now comparing it to the photo above...

James and Karla Murray said...

awesome.

Morgan Tsvangirai said...

Really cool photos. Thanks for the link!

Shannon said...

Cool pics!! Would love to see more old ones.

Andrew Tyndall said...

Melanie -- was that bistro on 1st & 1st the successor to the Baltic? Do you remember the accordion band that accompanied the pirogies?

VH McKenzie said...

Very cool pics -- that was the year I moved to the East Village (or Alphabet City?). Many of my friends and family thought I'd lost my mind.......

Melanie said...

@ Andrew Tyndall--I don't remember the Baltic. I wish I did--accordian music and pierogis--great combo!!

Melanie said...

@Andrew--my friend Martin's Bistro may have been on 1st and 2nd--there was a lovely store nearby that made the best "Hip" tee shirts also on the block.
OMG--I remember the boat too!!

fashion whirled said...

Bernard's, I believe, was the restaurant on C and 9th. It was lovely. I remember walking by that block with the steel drum aflame!

Melanie said...

@ fashion whirled--Bien Sur!!Yes it was Bernard's. What a great restaurant.

~*~Lilly~*~ said...

awesome photos showing the real grit of the village. So hard to imagine the place we all love was once that.

Anonymous said...

Fire in the barrel for the win.

Reminds me of the day in the winter of 1993 when I was pick-pocketed & I was just scrappy or crazy enough to demand the robber give me back my pocket purse (which he did). Ah the good old days when the words "street cred" meant something.
-H

OWR said...

I remember gangs, junkies, cars burning, fear and people dying young and needlessly. Sorry I missed all the 'fun' that the others above describe.

Paul DeRienzo said...

Some more LES photos from the 80s

http://picasaweb.google.com/pderienzo/8thStreetSquatMid1980s#

Tom Terrific said...

OWR every time you post something its to tell us what shit the neighborhood was and how stupid we all are because we have different memories of it. Why do you still live here? Why are you even reading this blog? Why don't you just shut the f up and go away, you cranky old fart?