[Photo on July 7 by Derek Berg]
The "Ghostbusters" reboot is in theaters starting today ... which accounts for the multiple Ecto-1 sightings around, such as on Second Avenue and Fourth Street.
While on the topic, seems like a good time for a "Ghostbusters" flashback... to when 33 St. Mark's Place between Second Avenue and Third Avenue served as the exterior for Ray's Occult Books in "Ghostbusters 11" from 1989...
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Here's some history of the shop via the "Ghostbusters" wikia:
Ray's Occult Books is a bookstore owned and operated by Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd) after the Ghostbusters were served a judicial restraining order.
Following the collapse of the Ghostbusters, Ray opened up an Occult book store; specializing in the bizarre, somewhat strange, and hard to find books. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) is a frequent customer, as demonstrated by his having an account; he has been seen buying a book titled "Magical Paths to Fortune and Power".
Unfortunately, the store's lifespan was short-lived. Citing a change in buying trends and demographics on the block, Ray closed the shop before the movie even hit theaters.
And the block today...