Riccardo Spina has deep roots in Greenwich Village, reaching back to his family’s arrival from Italy in 1890. He grew up at 173 Bleecker Street, and also lived around the corner at 225 Sullivan Street. His passion for photography began as a teenager when he started taking photographs with his first camera. Later he’d translate this passion for photography into studies at Parsons, where he would continue taking hundreds of photos throughout the 1970s and 80s.

The collection contains shots of small businesses, parades, architectural gems, and everyday slices of life at that time. It also features images from Riccardo’s employment at Café Figaro. Overall, this time capsule is the perfect visual of day-to-day life in the neighborhood in the mid-to-late 20th century. Now a resident of the Netherlands, Spina enjoys reflecting on his time in Greenwich Village and has shared these photographs offering a very personal perspective on our neighborhood during a period of immense change.


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