Just a quickie. The below picture would have gone quite well with this post of a few weeks back. I stumbled upon this shot on Flickr in this larger set of NYC shots from the 60's & 70's. This beautiful expanse of wide open space is long gone, of course. This plot of real estate is now the home of that giant, self-styled "undulating' blue shampoo bottle. This particular shot dates back to 1967, the year of my birth. The luncheonette was long gone before I ever remember visiting Astor Place, but I do indeed remember the lightning bolt mural on that north facing facade. I miss that.
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