Sunday, February 27, 2011

A cab ride up First Avenue in 1971

This video is marked "NYC Taxi Ride up 2nd Ave circa 1971" though it's actually First Avenue... a nice stroll through the East Village... see what you can recognize....

15 comments:

Melanie said...

Cool--I saw an EL D--contender for Best Car Ever--and the Reingold truck is priceless--no hipsters nor hippies as yet in 1971. The school--the bank look pretty much the same. I remember riding in cabs and feeling pretty special on route. Great black and white. A good friend of mine learned to drive while being a passenger in so many taxis--he learned the "taxi technique".

Shannon said...

cool!! thanks for posting.

Marty Wombacher said...

I agree with Melanie, loved seeing that Rheingold truck. A great, silent ride from the past.

Anonymous said...

The tall building on the left near the end - Beth Israel?

Honey said...

Thx so much for posting this. I grew up on 2nd Ave. between 18th and 19th, so this was a route I traveled often.

SpragueD said...

From 1:00 to about 1:28: 9th Street to 11th just passing the Asher Levy School. Looks very different. Very Lower East Sidey. :-)

DorianTB said...

This First Avenue ride from 1971 reminded me of my youth in both Manhattan and the Bronx; hard to believe I was only 8 when this footage was shot! :-) Thanks for sharing this!

Anonymous said...

Totally saw the apartment building complex at 1st and 4th Street I believe. And the public school for sure on the left around 10th/11th Street. Yay!

booleanorama said...

I used to eat "Blimpy's Best" sandwiches at that Blimpy's on the corner of 14th when I was going to Stuyvesant High. Have not been in a Blimpy's since.

Anonymous said...

yes last seconds are at 14th street and 1st. That roundish building on left is Beth Israel.

NYC taxi photo said...

oh wow thank you so much for posting this!! I was born and raised on 7th street btw 1st and a, and then the second half of my childhood, my teenhood if you will was in Stuyvesant Town, so this plus the fact that my whole life now is taxi driving, making video, taking pictures, and blogging, IS AMAZING!! this has everything!!! I'm going to have to shoot a comparison video to match this.

Lisa said...

So lovely and elegiac; a small paean to da city of my yoot. Thank you for posting, Grieve.

Anonymous said...

I would definitely rather have the turkish baths back on 2nd St. instead of the unfortunate douchy weekend crowd at Lucky Chengs.

Richard Bensam said...

I was about to post the exact same comment booleanorama did. And I just walked past that corner this evening.

BabyDave said...

Wow. I had forgotten about the Blimpie's, but the A & P to boot! Thanks so much, Grieve, for putting this up.
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