I know, I know .... I can hear you now: "Alex, enough already! We get it! You really miss the Beastie Boys!!''
While, yes, this is inarguably true, that's not the reason I'm posting the photo above.
Regular readers may remember a series of photo quizzes I did last year wherein I tried to divine the precise locations of several photographs of coolster rock-types loitering badassedly around the streets of Manhattan. If you enjoyed those, by the way, you'll be pleased to know there's another one in the works. But for some reason, this image won't wait for that.
This isn't the first Beastie Boys photo I've had trouble tracking down. My "holy grail" shot last time around involved the boys posing in front of a very distinctive looking corner. I'd initially assumed that corner was somewhere in the N.Y.U. area, but after many search expeditions, I couldn't put my finger on it. It wasn't until a regular reader put his architecture studies to work and managed to track the actual location to Broadway and West 26th Street.
This shot above, on the other hand, might be slightly trickier.
For a start, I have no idea who took it, so asking the photographer (which is no fun anyway) is right out.
Secondly, the pose suggests both an homage to the cover of Abbey Road (an album they'd sample brilliantly on Paul's Boutique -- see below) and the sleeve of their own "Cookie Puss" 12" (see below as well).
I'm assuming this is somewhere in Manhattan, but can't quite place it -- given the curvature of the street and the trees on the left hand side (a park?) I want to say possibly TriBeCa.
It could, of course, also be Brooklyn. Hell, it could be Amsterdam or Belfast or Bruges as well, but I'm reasonably certain it's somewhere in Manhattan.
WHAT SAY YOU?
Go to work. Find this location.
To inspire you, please enjoy "The Sounds of Science," one of my many favorite tracks off of Paul's Boutique, featuring inventive samples of "When I'm Sixty Four," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" and "The End" by ye olde Beatles.