Just a quickie.
Spotted this one on the excellent Facebook page, Dirty Old 1970s' New York City. Herewith another photo by the great Edmund V. Gillon of Fifth Avenue, looking north just a few steps shy of East 22nd Street circa the Bicentennial year of 1976.
If you stand in this very spot today and look in the same direction, not that much has really changed, although there is a massive hotel now a few blocks north of the Empire State Building.
The building on the right hand side of the photograph (with the clock) is now, of course, Restoration Hardware, and has been for some time.
In 1976, I was a third grader on the Upper East Side, so didn't see much of this neck of the woods at the time. In later years, when I started exploring Manhattan, though, I do remember a tiny record store (c'mon, you knew that was coming), tucked into the middle of the south side of the block on 22nd Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway,... in what would now be the area closest to the cash registers at Restoration Hardware. It wasn't an especially distinctive record shop (i.e. it didn't cater to any specific genres or anything), but I still vividly remember it. Anyone else?
ADDENDUM: Here's that approximate spot this morning (on my way to work):