Photo by myself on St. Mark's Place and First Avenue, in the East Village.
An older man was sitting in his apartment, and he was visible through the protective wire on his windows.
There were signs of age on the fire hydrant, the railing and the building details. The pale orange sign of a new Vietnamese sandwich shop was located next door.
St. Mark's Place sounds like a square or open space. It is actually a segment of Eighth Street, between Third Avenue and Avenue A. This street is named after St. Mark's church on nearby 10th Street, a distinctive landmark located on a triangle in the midst of the street grid.
I would love to know how long the man has lived in this neighborhood. Most likely he's been here a while, and has witnessed a tremendous amount of change. There was a time not long ago when it was dangerous to live on the first floor. Not so much, now.
St. Mark's Place is known for its motley stores. Presently, it is a very touristy street.
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