The East Fifth Street Boys are coming home

East Village photographer James Maher has a stash of old black and whites taken by his grandparents, residents in the 1930s and 1940s.

That’s before anyone had ever heard of the East Village, and the neighborhood was just a part of the vast cramped area known as the Lower East Side.

This one, of a parade honoring the Fifth Street Boys taken between Avenues A and B, is pretty poignant.

The war is over or coming to a close, but the neighborhood boys—Germans, Poles, Italians—sent to fight aren’t home yet.

Check out more vintage East Village photos from Maher’s collection.

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6 Responses to “The East Fifth Street Boys are coming home”

  1. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    When we came to America in the early 1950s the first apartment my parents rented was on 5th Street but between 1st Ave and Ave A. Still I’m sure that as a child I probably saw a few of the people in your report and perhaps even spoke to some of them. I like to think so though I know that can’t be true. Anyway, a great awesome blog!

  2. wildnewyork Says:

    I’m sure you knew a few of the people out celebrating in the photo. I wonder how many boys didn’t come back. To my knowledge, there’s no East Village WWII memorial the way other neighborhoods have. But then, there was no East Village.

  3. mykola (mick) dementiuk Says:

    Here’s few in Tompkins Sq. Park

  4. Josie Says:

    Wonderful collection. Thanks for the link.

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