Tompkins Square Park was the center of this vibrant neighborhood.
And while “Avenue A was the street for beer halls, oyster saloons, and groceries,” Avenue B was the neighborhood’s commercial artery, known as the “German Broadway.”
“Each basement was a workshop, every first floor was a store, and the partially roofed sidewalks were markets for goods of all sorts,” states All the Nations Under Heaven: an Ethnic and Racial History of New York City.
I wish some trace of Avenue B’s German past still existed.
And I’ll imagine that the Evangelical Lutheran Trinity Church of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession in the City of New York still worshiped at this church on Avenue B and 9th Street, built in 1847 and home to the Lutherans since 1863.
The photo, from the NYPL Digital Collection, dates to the 1930s, but the church was torn down in 1975.