Saturday, July 27, 2013

Stanley Kubrick's Shoe Shine Boy


[Avenue C circa 1947]

On the occasion of his birthday yesterday, we posted a photo that filmmaker Stanley Kubrick took on the subway from 1946 for LOOK Magazine...

EVG Facebook friend Sharon shared the above photo...In 1947, Kubrick followed a 12-year-old kid named Mickey around for a LOOK pictorial on shoe shine boys... any guesses on what the cross street is for the above photo at Avenue C? (I don't know, so...)

The Museum of the City of New York has more photos and information about the series here.

6 comments:

BB said...

looks like it's Ave C and 9th to me, the shot was taken facing east and the boys are going west...In my opinion the 40s was pretty much the beginning of the end of the traditional east village, all due to the Con-Ed steam plant and thier need to have the local oil burning 5~6 story buildings replaced with larger steam fed buildings and projects, cha ching.

Mark White said...

I'm guessing but I would say it's E 7th St, just east of C,
pretty sure that is 107 Ave C blocked by the truck

ShutUpHooker said...

I've always wondered if some computer tech person could make a Google Maps Street view type of map where you can pick a location on a map and then walk backwards in time thru pics...
Wished I'd learn more about computers when I was younger, today I have trouble just typ---

BB said...

actually I'm wrong and Mark White is right, it's seventh not ninth, shot is facing west, the boys are walking towards the east river, that is now wholefoods on the left...

http://imageshack.us/a/img600/7915/x25r.png

esquared™ said...

Although the scenes at Greenwich Village were shot and re-created in London studio and streets, that Greenwich Village has more character and is more real than the Marc Jacobs Greenwich Village (MJGV?) of today.

http://youtu.be/3DExkPNbo7I

Anonymous said...

Hey Kubrick. Go get your shine box!