28th Feb 2004

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    1. Bleecker Street Series #1 I did not know it then, but my reasons for moving to Greenwich Village 33 years ago were gone before I got here. That doesn’t mean I don’t love the neighborhood and feel a proprietary interest now in its well-being. But the Bohemian atmosphere of the 1920s I was going for hasn’t been seen since – well, the 1920s. Our fellow fotologger, av_producer ( http://fotolog.net/av_producer ), grew up in the Village and his recent comments here ( http://www.fotolog.net/ronni/?photo_id=6597723 ) about a long-gone shoe shop on Bleecker Street, and his father having grown up around the corner on Carmine Street gave me the idea for my next fotolog project. The stretch of Bleecker between 6th and 7th Avenues, near my home, is still the best food shopping street in Manhattan with delicious remnants of its Italian origins remaining among the newcomers. So beginning today, I am going to record the tenants of that part of Bleecker as they are now, in the early months of the year 2004, beginning on the north side of the 6th Avenue end, moving toward 7th Avenue and then back down the other side of the street to 6th again. We begin with Joe’s Pizza. I *think* it has been here since before I moved to the neighborhood in 1983, but my memory could be faulty on that. Nevertheless, it’s a gathering place for locals and tourists alike who want a quick slice, and my friend Heather, who ranks Joe’s way above John’s up the street, is said to be the only person who can get a smile out of old man who works there.

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