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Manhattan Snaps: West Side Elevated Highway, ’82

The June 10, 1982, issue of The Villager included this photo, showing remnants of the old West Side Elevated Highway. The viaduct had closed in 1973, the same year as the opening of the new World Trade Center, seen in the background, at left. The old highway was fully dismantled by 1989. It was replaced […]

A photo of the Outdoor Art Show on Fifth Ave. was on the front page of The Villager on June 8, 1972. The caption noted that the show had drawn thousands of visitors to Greenwich Village the previous weekend.

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Catching a photographer’s eye, a youngster in the West Village, in front of 381 Hudson St., at W. Houston St., on Nov. 30, 1933, wore a generous amount of lipstick. The shop window in the background shows a sign for the National Recovery Administration with its Blue Eagle symbol. The N.R.A. was a New Deal […]

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As seen from these two photos, the top one taken in 1925, and the bottom one taken now, the view down Minetta Lane from MacDougal St. toward Sixth Ave. has changed quite a bit in the nearly 100 intervening years. The buildings on MacDougal are still there today. There have been some changes over the […]

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A young bootblack, with his shoeshine equipment at City Hall Park in Lower Manhattan, gave a direct look to the camera on July 25, 1924. The photographer, Lewis Hine, was also a sociologist who used photography to advocate for reforming child labor laws. Hine was an investigative photographer for the National Child Labor Committee from […]

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A photo in the May 18, 1972 issue of The Villager captured a Hare Krishna proselytizing to a crowd in Washington Square Park. The caption read: “An interesting study in faces was captured recently by photographer Fermin Benedetti who watched a Hare Krishna devotee explain his philosophy to group of Villagers in the park.”

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A 1908 photo of Madison Square Park and 23rd St. features part of the Flatiron Building on the far right, and the second Madison Square Garden, which stood from 1890 to 1925, in the background at left. Twenty-third St. had a virtual convoy of trolley cars (talk about a dedicated “transit corridor”), while many horse-drawn […]

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This photo, looking east along Bleecker St., shows the Bleecker St. Cinema and Washington Square Village, in the background, to the east of LaGuardia Place. The “superblock” apartment complex — today owned by New York University — was built in the late 1950s, while the 1959 film “Room at the Top” is billed as a […]

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A photo from the Aug. 11, 1960, issue of The Villager showed local Cub Scout Stephen Cossu, of 118 MacDougal St., presenting Yankees Manager Casey Stengel with a neckerchief and slide at Yankee Stadium. To the right of them, Thomas Aimone, of 8 Morton St., made the presentation speech on behalf of Troop 371, St. […]

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A children’s garden opened in Tompkins Square Park in the spring of 1934. This photo is from an opening ceremony that was performed that April.

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