The uncredited photo above was posted on the Facebook group, Greenwich Village Grapevine, and I found it so intriguing that I wanted to share it here. Click on it to enrlage.
Shot from the vantage point of the signature curve of Commerce Street, looking north towards Barrow, this turn-of-the-last-century (??) photo captures a gaggle of children posing in the center of the street.
The Cherry Lane Theatre still holds court right behind where the picture's photographer would have stood. For many years, the building pictured on the near-left became the restaurant Grange Hall in the 90’s. I’m not sure what it is today.
While I love location-spotting puzzles like this, I think the most compelling thing about this photograph is the group of children. Look a little closer, and some of them seem to be eerily faceless and in the process of literally fading away from view. Their ghostly line-up reminds me a little of the cover illustration of Edward Gorey’s “The Gashlycrumb Tinies.” One wonders what became of these little folk.
Today, meanwhile, this strip is a prime piece of very enviable real estate.