Given that there is an advertisement for the movie “Laura” in the background, it is likely this photo dates to 1944. There are also advertisements for the re-election of Assemblymember MacNeil Mitchell, one of the two namesakes of New York’s Mitchell-Lama housing program.

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"Third Avenue Elevated Train Station (demolished) at 14th Street looking west, with the old Academy of Music (later the Palladium — demolished), 126 East 14th Street, visible behind" Village Preservation (GVSHP) Image Archive, accessed Oct 3, 2022,