Here's a bit of an update to this post from 2012.
As I mentioned there, I've always been a big fan of East 12th and Broadway. Yes, it was the original home of Forbidden Planet, and later my own corner when I lived there between 1996 and 2003, but I also just love the visual aesthetic of the corner. If you approach it from the east (say, on the southeast corner), the building on northwest corner looks like the bow of a vast ship.
In any case, I found a couple of interesting pictures that I thought I'd add to the equation.
Here's that corner today in 2014. It's an immaculatey clean if cripplingly characterless Pret A Manger.
Here it was back in 2003. I took this shortly before I moved off the block. The corner business at this point was a shoe out called No Difference. Obviously, there was a massive protest going on about the Bush Administration's decision to go into Iraq.
Here's a shot of the corner when it stil played host to the original Forbidden Planet in 1989. This was taken by Andrew Buckle. See more of his work here.
Below is a shot from a vantage point slightly more to the east. No clue what year, but I'm guessing the `60's or early `70s.
Lastly, here's that same corner in 1913...