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 doesnt mean I dont love the neighborhood and feel a proprietary interest now in its well-being. But the Bohemian atmosphere of the 1920s I was going for hasnt been seen since well, the 1920s.
Our fellow fotologger, av_producer ( <A HREF="http://fotolog.net/av_producer" TARGET=_top>http://fotolog.net/av_producer</A> ), grew up in the Village and his recent comments here ( <A HREF="http://www.fotolog.net/ronni/?photo_id=6597723" TARGET=_top>http://www.fotolog.net/ronni/?photo_id=6597723</A> ) 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 Joes 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, its a gathering place for locals and tourists alike who want a quick slice, and my friend Heather, who ranks Joes way above Johns up the street, is said to be the only person who can get a smile out of old man who works there.
On February 28 2004 137 Views
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Vliuzzi On 24/02/2008
Visitargentine On 13/02/2008
Hello .. your fotolog is very cool!!!... I invite you to visit my page
Vladsven On 10/04/2004
a buddy of mine, who lives in this hood...claims that joe`s pizza has the best pizzain the city. i`m not sure if i agree with him.altho, best or not -- their slices are pretty darn tasty. especially late at nite!-absolutely wonderful flog.
Firewater On 09/04/2004
It`s sad because you see all these POC gay youth roaming about like zombies looking for that bohemia, but it`s not there - nothing is there for them. What they detect has long since been flushed out like a 60s bohemian`s womb with a strong dose of vinegar water after a lovely night of bong smoke and free sex by a series of horridly conservative administrations that have only served to banish proletariat decadence ... *sigh*
Smith On 28/02/2004
Look forward to this series.
Pellegrini On 28/02/2004
Petitesoeur On 28/02/2004
looking forward to "visiting" my old neighborhood -- i lived and worked around and about bleecker street for about a decade after i graduated college. still love to shop for coffee, cheese and sweets on that street.
Boogers On 28/02/2004
Are you a bohemian, Ronni?
Artofgold On 28/02/2004
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Av_producer On 28/02/2004
My father and mother thought that shoe store was gone sometime in the early 70`s - the fruit store was a clothing store according to my dad but my mother had no memory of that. Great project and look to contribute as much as I can ...
Zinetv On 28/02/2004
I used to live on Morton Street 1969 - 1975 and your project`s territory is a familiar one indeed. In fact, I often shop on Bleeker for coffee, cheese and meat. No store names, no free ads. Joe` s pizza has changed owners several times in thepast. The plain pizza is good, although my last slice was five years ago. But Johns is best for a "loaded pizza" Now I`m hungry- - - - -
Schadenfreude On 28/02/2004
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