Monday, January 27, 2014

100 years before 7A, there was L.W. Schwenk


[EVG file photo]

7A is now closed on the southwest corner of Avenue A and East Seventh Street… the restaurant, which opened in the mid 1980s (anyone have the exact date? We've heard several different years), ended service as of yesterday.

Meanwhile, almost 100 years ago, the address was home to L.W. Schwenk… and here's a photo dated July 24, 1914, titled "Depositors at failed bank."



Wow. Seems like 100 years ago! (Ugh, sorry, that was bad.) But to think in better times some of the people in this crowd went to McSorley's ... or Katz's ... or Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery... or Veniero's ... or DeRobertis Caffe... or John's of 12th Street ... or...

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know anything about what the second floor of that building is used for? It even looks weird in the old photo.

nygrump said...

That's the University of the Streets now, mostly killed off by Talibam.

Richard Kopperdahl said...

Are those streetcar tracks on Avenue A?

Anonymous said...

When i lived next door 04-07 the 2nd floor was a karate place and you could listen to them practice as you ate breakfast