If you enjoyed my Reminiscences of Old Soho https://sardaxart.wordpress.com/2016/10/24/reminiscences-of-wicked-old-soho/ see writer Irv O’Neil’s similar blog post on ghosts of New York here..
One thing that fascinates me is what existed in certain spaces before what is there now. I always remember the previous tenants, especially if they have some erotic or sleazy context… 😉
For example, the northeast stretch of Eighth Avenue between 45th and 46th Streets:
This used to have three notorious porn theaters: the Capri (where the parking lot is now on the left); and the gay-themed Eros and the hetero-themed Venus. I can’t help but see in my mind the facades of those vanished edifices superimposed over the hordes of tourists who now stroll by and patronize the restaurants and bar and open-air market that now inhabit those urban footprints.
A block up to 47th and Eighth, across the street on the northwest side, is a marquee for what is now a sightseeing business:
Previously in the 1980s this space housed the Hollywood Twin Cinemas, but even before that…
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