Well, that certainly didn’t take long.
Very shortly after I posted this entry, the guesses came rolling in.
First up, a reader named Ian opined thusly:
I think its park ave south between 21&22 looking north /northwest
After that, a reader named Paul wrote:
I concur with Ian: it's Park Avenue South. According to the internets, this must be July 1981 when they played 4 nights at the Palladium.
Finally, the master himself, Bob Egan of Popspots weighed in…
Ian was 99% right, except that it's not mid-block, because they are holding onto the street sign, it would be at the north-east corner of Park Avenue South and 21st Street. The telephoto lens squeezes the distance.
And as Ian also pointed out, Iron Maiden (with the gruffly punkish Paul Di’anno still on vocals, a position later to be held by the Valkyrie-piped Bruce Dickinson) played New York City’s Palladium (on East 14th Street… now a dormitory with a Trader Joe’s in its ground floor) for a four-night stint in July of 1981. Search hard enough and you can prize bootleg recordings of the mini-residency like this one (pictured up top). Evidently, during their few days in the big city, the band did an in-story signing (check out the video here – probably shot in a Crazy Eddie’s or Sam Goody’s, but it’s so grainy it’s hard to know). In searching around for other pics from that day, I did find one of bassist Steve Harris and another of bleach-blonde guitarist Dave Murray (sporting the same Harley-Davidson shirt).
Check out Bob Egan’s inimitable detective work below.
And, why not...?