I have to head out of town this week to attend the funeral of a beloved member of my family, but I wanted to leave you with something to whet your appetite for my return.
I've been documenting my ongoing struggle to close my Varrick Street storage space for some time. Some of you might remember a couple of posts from 2010 wherein I described how I grabbed a handful of photographs from a large box of pictures that I'd stashed in that space. Well, earlier this week, I removed that entire box from storage and sifted through it this afternoon, coming up with several striking images of since-vanished places and things that I've never put up here before. I just want to share one with you now to sustain your interest.
Most of the time back then, I was pretty meticulous about noting the precise dates, but unforunately, this current batch have no information with them, and I can only guess when they were snapped.
This particular pic was probably taken in the late 90's. This was in Union Square Park, looking west between 15th and 16th Streets. In that little plaza beneath the statue, there used to be a great set of stalls that sold used compact discs, books, DVDs and other stuff. I scored some great finds there over the years and became quite friendly with the guys that ran it. I'm not sure why they were eventually forced out of there, but they were. One of'em went on to work at Academy, a vinyl shop that used to operate on East 11th street right off 4th Avenue (now gone, of course). The other dude still works around Union Square Park (now on closer to 14th Street, across from the Staples), selling a dizzying selection of martial arts flicks on DVD. I miss this little markeplace they had set up, though.
Also noteworthy is the Nobody Beats the Wiz outlet across the street ... which is now an American Eagle clothiers. I'd totally forgotten that was once a Wiz, not that I'd ever spent money there.
Anyway, if you enjoy crap like this, please come back soon, as there are a lot more comin'!!