Yesterday, after I posted this entry about the 1974 commercial for Parliament’s Up for the Down Stroke, I posted it on Facebook. As I’d hoped, my friend Chung Wong checked on it and immediately went to work in trying to pinpoint the location.
I’d asserted that the park in the opening scene looked a bit like Father Fagan place, where MacDougal intersects with Prince at Sixth Avenue. Check out what Chung had to say beneath.
I am not totally certain...but this could be NYU with Judson Memorial Church in view. The peaked roof on right could be NYU law school at MacDougal and 4th St...but that would mean the open space on left side is Washington Square. The angle seems off for it tho. [Alex - I think this is certainly MacDougal. To the left would be what is today that shitty bar, Off The Wagon].
Building at MacDougal and Prince seen in 1977 Edmund V Gillon jr photo from Father Fagan Square.
Same building at MacDougal and Prince from Father Fagan Square.
Basketball court at 6th Ave and Houston...ad is on building at 260 Sixth Ave...will post another pic of it from 1972 next.
Basketball court at 6th Ave and Houston with ad at 260 Sixth Ave by Richard Greene in 1972.
I think that is Congress House (185 West Houston)...the fence is the basketball court at 6th Ave and Houston.
Convinced that we’d sussed it out, I was out for a walk with my kids again today, and sure enough we found ourselves briefly in Father Fagan Place, so I had the kids pose with the directive, …”do something funky.”
Here's the full commercial again.....
And here's the title track.... everybody get up!