It’s only been a couple of days since the passing of Lou Reed, but it’s already turned the world upside down for a lot of folks. Quite unsurprisingly, lots of luminaries weighed in, from Iggy Pop and David Byrne through Robert Christgau and Legs McNeil. Annoyingly, there’s also been a lot of snark and flat-out vitriol, notably by Salon’s hipster-baiting by Neil Pollack (but still way too soon)and the Daily Mail’s flat-out hatchet job. I don’t think I’m going off on any limbs by asserting that -– love him or hate him -– Lou’s contribution to modern music was seismic, but evidently haterz gonna hate, as they say.
Alex, For your edification, the Avon 7 theater was at 724 7th Ave between 48-49 on the west side. At the south corner was the HOWARD clothing store. You can see the "RD" next to the Avon marquee on the right picture, and the "D" in back of Lou's head. The Howard store was later a Popeyes where I used to eat. Half of that block, including the Howard store and the Avon 7, has been replaced by a skyscraper called 1600 Broadway, the bottom of which is the M+M store. So this way, after you replicate the photo with your kids at the northwest corner of 48th and 7th, you can buy them M+M’s for posing for dad. The picture come from a website called Grindhouse Database. Now there's a hobby!