We’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about things we used to do before the coronavirus outbreak, that we’re looking forward to hopefully doing again once things return to ‘normal.’ We’ve also been spending a lot of time going through our historic image archive at www.archive.gvshp.org, remembering some of those once-common activities, and just exploring the history of our neighborhoods and city.
Today we put the two together, using our archive to remind ourselves of some of what we love to do or see, and look forward to enjoying again (if you like the image, click on the link in the photo credit to explore the full collection in the archive from which it comes).
Play in an open fire hydrant with neighbors.
In front of 112 East 4th Street, 1986. Photo by Meredith Jacobson Marciano.
Take in a movie at a local independent theater.
Cinema Village, 22 E. 12th Street, south side between 5th Avenue and University Place, 1997. Photo by Meredith Jacobson Marciano.
Enjoy some live jazz.
Charles Mingus (center) and his band perform at the Five Spot Café, 2 St. Marks Place. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah, used by permission.
Go to a protest.
Jane Jacobs at protest outside P.S. 41, 116 West 11th Street, February 3, 1964. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah, used by permission.
Go thrift shopping.
Andy Warhol in recently-purchased bandmaster’s jacket at Thrift Shop, St. Marks Place, December 9, 1966. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah, used by permission. This image made the cover of the Village Voice, and reportedly inspired the Beatles to chose their bandleader attire for the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Take in some public art.
Washington Square Arch wrapped by artist Francis Hines, 1980. Photo by Carole Teller.
Sitting in a sidewalk cafe.