Just a quick one, this time. I had to walk over to the southern end of Ludlow Street on Saturday. Some friends of ours who live there were about to decamp to Japan, and wanted to graciously unload some items onto us. So, en route to their perch on the other side of Grand Street, I took a stroll down Ludlow. As I wrote in this post from a while back, Ludlow Street used to be a regular stop for me in the early-to-mid 90's. With the exception of Max Fish (where I'm now simply --- let's face it -- too old to be hanging out in), most of my favorite spots are long gone, replaced by newfangled condos and the like. In any case, below are a couple of Then & Now images from that walk.
Today, meanwhile, found me running an errand on Canal Street. While there, I ducked down Cortlandt Alley to try to knock out two more pictures. The first was simply a bit of graffiti I stumbled upon in 2002 that neatly summed up not only the state of Cortlandt Alley (the yellow brick road to the Oz that was the old Mudd Club's Oz at 77 White Street), but also the state of "Downtown" as a whole. Unsurprisingly, it's been painted over. 'Samo,' of course, was the tag of artist/musician/iconoclast/Mudd Club-regular Jean-Michel Basquiat. 77 White Street, meanwhile, hasn't been the home of the Mudd Club since it shut its doors in 1983. I was sixteen when it closed and, of course, never went, but its legend loomed large. In more recent years, the building was entirely renovated and turned into plush condominium. A former neighbor of mine actually bought an apartment there. Sadly, when he told me about it, he hadn't the slightest clue about the building's history.
Southwest corner of Ludlow & East Houston, 1998:
Southwest corner of Ludlow & East Houston, 2009:
180 Ludlow Street, 1999:
180 Ludlow Street, 2009:
Southwest corner of Ludlow & Rivington Streets (a.k.a. "Paul's Boutique") 1995:
Southwest corner of Ludlow & Rivington Streets (a.k.a. "Paul's Boutique") 2009:
Cortlandt Alley 2002:
Cortlandt Alley 2009:
77 White Street 2002:
77 White Street 2009:
Mercer just North of Canal Street, 1997:
Mercer just North of Canal Street, 2009: