Second Avenue and St. Marks Place in 1985

Not too much in this photo has changed, strangely.

There’s 60-year-old B&H Dairy a bit down the block to the left, and Gem Spa at right, holding court as it has for 70 years on the corner, selling newspapers, magazines, and ice cream.

The photo ran in the May 1985 issue of East Village arts newspaper the East Village Eye. What I’d give to see their entire 1985 East Village map!

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9 Responses to “Second Avenue and St. Marks Place in 1985”

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  2. Upstate Ellen Says:

    In 1985 I was writing my senior (college) thesis on gentrification and the Lower East Side. An East Village map sounds like something I would have consulted. I doubt I still have it, though.

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  4. addie Says:

    Is this the west side of second ave going towards 7th street?

    I always loved Gem Spa!

    • wildnewyork Says:

      Yep. Paul’s Da Burger Joint is now to the left of Gem Spa. I always get a kick out of the fact that the sign says “established 1989.”

  5. Alex Baugh Says:

    I was living on 7th Street between 1st and 2nd in 1985, so this picture is a real walk down memory lane. Have you looked for a tourist map in the NYPLs map division. I found one for 1928 Berlin there, so you never know.

  6. Alex Baugh Says:

    Actually, the NYPL has a microfilm of the East Village Eye including 1985, so it would have the one advertised in the picture.

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    […] Gem Spa is still on the corner of Second Avenue and St. Marks Place, as it was when the New York Dolls posed there for the back of their eponymous 1973 first LP. […]

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