Friday, November 18, 2016
A look at East Houston before the arrival of Red Square
The apartment complex at 250 E. Houston St. between Avenue A and Avenue B has been in the news this fall. Ahead of the former Red Square's sale, workers removed the statue of Lenin from atop the 13-story building that opened in 1989.
EVG reader James Knapp shared this photo from the late 1980s taken just a little east of where the main building stands now... the site of the one-level row of businesses...
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In this photo, which Knapp believes is from 1987, there's a view of the gas station that was on the property for 25 years...
Posted by Grieve at 4:30 AM
Labels: 250 E. Houston St., Red Square
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Obvious statememt: That looks like a completely different world from today. Hard to believe.
I remember it well. It was a bit dicey before GentrificationMania took over. Now it's almost like walking along the Seine in Paris.
Are a lot of the buildings on 1st St new? I can't seem to find too many matches of building backsides between the different pictures.
All the years I've lived here, and I really can't remember what it was like back then. Thanks for the reminder. As dicey as it was, I kind of miss it. Different atmosphere in the neighborhood then, and I never got held up until the gentrified mid-90s. Go figure.
Donnie, the entire island was covered by trees not long ago.
Hi 8:41. Look closer, they do match.
God I love seeing old pictures of the EV from the 80s. It was really like that and it was beautiful when it was all neighborhood people living our EV/LES lives. No tourists. No corporate suits, ever. Far less cars on the streets.
Hate to disagree. It was never 'all-beautiful"...Too many Junkies and people dying on the streets. I beg to differ.
The liquor store sign on the corner is still there.
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