He's done it again.
Back in the Spring, you may remember, I posted a little photo quiz wherein readers were implored to guess the exact locations of several images of various rock types loitering about NYC. Collectively, we managed to track them down (I had an encouraging bit of help from several loyal regulars), but there were a couple that still left me stumped. One of them was of the The Cure, and the other was of NYC's own Television (the photo above).
The mighty Bob Egan of PopShotsNYC who, as I've mentioned before, is no stranger to scrupulous attention to detail, handily tracked down the Cure's location quite recently. Well, today, he's solved another puzzle for me by pinpointing the precise location of the photograph of Television.
With a keen insight for slight architectural nuance and historical context, Egan places Messrs. Verlaine, Lloyd, Ficca and Smith on the southwest corner of East 9th Street and 1st Avenue. Here's Bob's own take on it....
While on your site I saw you quiz and saw you were looking for a certain Television photo. So I surfed up and down the avenues using Bing but could not find it.
I did however see the word "City" on a sign in the background of the photo and while at the library today I looked in the 1977 phone book microfiche for "City (Something)." in the East Village and LES. The second one I came across was " City Curtain" at 141 1st Ave.
Putting that in Google Maps, resulted in an orange arrow midblock on 1st between 8th and 9th. SO I checked out the building one in from the corner of Ninth (since the cars are going North) and saw it had the same distinctive lintels as in the Television picture. The building now has a fire escape. I guess that's what's thrown us before from thinking that was the place.
See Bob's meticulous detective work below. Click on each to enlarge.