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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Peeking In, on St. Mark's Place

East Village, nyc
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.

Related posts: A Moment Alone, in the East Village, Over Drinks, in the East Village, and Sun Salutation, the East Village.

10 comments:

Olivier said...

un instantané de la vie New Yorkaise, je pense que ce genre de protection n'est pas inutile quand on vit au rez de chaussée

Andy said...

You have taken a simple scene and turned into something that is pleasing to the eyes. There so much to see in the photo. The bars on the windows make it look like a prison.

Paul @ Leeds Daily Photo said...

Perhaps just as well window is not any longer! I love the frieze below the window.

s.c said...

Beautiful photo with a lot to see. Like it very much and thanks for showing us.

Honest Abe said...

He has seen the changes and maybe is just dreaming about the good old days.

Luis Gomez said...

What a great capture Kitty. Wonderful!

Washington Cesar Takeuchi said...

Great picture that makes us closer to the city. I also would like to know the stories of the old man.

Harry Sheramankry said...

"I would love to know how long the man has lived in this neighborhood" - me too/ And what did he saw through this window

RedPat said...

Wonderful shot Kitty!

Rose from Oz is Back! said...

Lots to look at and think about in this pic Kitty. Love the colours too.