Alright, in the wake of postulating my theory that the photo above of the 1987-era line-up of the great Pussy Galore, taken by Monica Dee, had been staged and snapped in the northern end of Tompkins Square Park (basically in the courtyard behind the restrooms), I decided to take it to the authorities, flying my work by both former Pussy Galore member Bob Bert again, and also the great Bob Egan of PopSpots.
Mr. Bert chimed back in with the following:
Very nice except. Impulse magazine was put out by a guy named Art (whose last name is escaping me). He was married to Monica Dee at the time. I remember she had health problems back then. There have been discussions in the past here on FB about whatever happened to her. She definitely has a archive of great pix from back then.
Bob Egan, meanwhile, had this to say.
Giving you a most likely since I gotta run. My next step would be to see if they had those concrete chess tables along Allen in 87.
The two buildings in the circle from the other picture have been replaced by a high rise but they seem pretty clear in the back of the black and white -- especially the wide window-or-door with two thin vertical windows next to them.
Bob appended his response with these visuals:
Honestly, I hadn’t even considered those park areas south of Houston. My curiosity piqued, I found myself with a little more free time yesterday afternoon, so I set back out to the Allen Street median.
Once again, the urban topography of lower Manhattan has changed pretty radically since 1987, but I was hoping to still catch some visual signifiers. In all candor, regardless of the encroaching development on either side, the Allen Street median remains a pretty lonely and desolate strip. I walked it up and down between East Houston and Stanton street, vainly looking for clues. Again, I’d been hoping that knobby tree pictured to the right of young Jon Spencer’s head was going to reveal itself to me, but who knows if that tree is still even standing — wherever it may be.
Along the sides of the media, there did appear to be marks, holes and divots where concrete chess tables and benches might have been (see photos below), but it’s still hard to accurately divine.
As such, the hunt continues.