We’re continuing to spend 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’re again putting 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).
Take in a jam session on the street.
Alamo Sculpture, mural, vendors, & musicians on Astor Place, looking south from 8th Street, between Lafayette Street and Cooper Square, early 1980s. Photo by Carole Teller.
Check out some public art.
500 Broome Street, West Broadway side of building, northeast corner “I am the Best Artist” mural, by Rene, “Food Trading Corporation of America,” mid-1980s. Photo by Carole Teller.
Attend a political rally.
From the back of a flatbed truck, Robert F. Kennedy campaigns for the U.S. Senate, with (r. to l.) 391-37 5 Sixth Avenue in the background. Standing beside him are (l. to r.) New York State Assemblyman William Passannante and local Democratic Party leader (and future congressman and three-term New York City Mayor) Ed Koch, October 2, 1964. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah, © Estate of Fred W. McDarrah.
Enjoy some Off-Broadway theater.
Orpheum Theater at 126 Second Avenue (St. Marks Place/7th Street) showing “Little Shop of Horrors,” sometime between 1983 and 1987.Photo by Carole Teller.
Watch some Hare Krishnas dancing in the street.
Hare Krishnas dancing on 2nd Avenue, west side between 2nd & 3rd Streets, looking south, across the street from their headquarters at Second Avenue and 2nd Street.Photo by Carole Teller.
Play bocce with friends.
Bocce Court at First Park, from 1st Street west of 1st Avenue looking southeast to south side of East Houston Street, east and west of Allen Street, ca. 1963. Photo by Carole Teller.
March in a parade.
Bread and Puppet Theater parade on Bleecker Street looking northwest from Christopher Street, L-R: 95 Christopher Street, 342-346 & 350 Bleecker Street visible, ca. 1980. Photo by Carole Teller.
Watch the greatest rock and roll band in the world give an impromptu concert on a flatbed truck.
The Rolling Stones announce their ‘Tour of the Americas ’75’ with a performance on a flatbed truck (here in front of 24 Fifth Avenue, north of 9th Street), with (l. to r.) Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, and Charlie Watts, May 1, 1975. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah, © Estate of Fred W. McDarrah.
You can explore our entire historic image archive of 2,200 images from the late 18h through the early 21st century at at www.archive.gvshp.org, and explore by map at www.archive.gvshp.org/image-map. Prints of most images are available for sale, with proceeds supporting our work.