Earlier this month, our blogging friend Alex at Flaming Pablum alerted us to the Museum of the City of New York's website ... where they just unveiled more than 1,000 digitized photos by Edmund V. Gillon, who chronicled NYC in the 1970s and 1980s.
Some two weeks later, we finally looked at every single photo. We pulled a few from this neighborhood with their accompanying captions for you... (But you should really go here and see them all for yourself.)
[East 8th Street and Avenue B, 1975]
[Christodora House, 1978]
[Second Avenue looking at East 12th Street, 1975]
[Cylindrical fire escape on the façade of 62 East 4th Street, 1977]
[Phebe's on the Bowery 1975]
[107-113 East 14th Street, 1976]
[Fresh Jersey Eggs, Open Thursday Only at 72 East 7th Street, 1978]
[Varieties Theatre, 110-112 Third Avenue, 1979. Demolished in 2005.]
[Broadway and 14th 1977]
A word about the new collection from the Museum's website:
These photographs by Edmund V. Gillon (1929-2008) are a recent addition to the Museum's Photography collection. Gillon is best known for more than a dozen books on New York City for the Dover Publishing Company. The bulk of the collection is architectural in nature, portraying the city’s historic districts, landmarks, architectural ornamentation, and civic sculpture. His photographs bring to life not only the countless readily apparent changes that have taken place in the city’s urban landscape over the past several decades, but also the many subtle changes that transformed neighborhoods such as SoHo, Tribeca, and Dumbo as they transitioned, building by building, from gritty wastelands into the vibrant urban oases they have become.