Posts Tagged ‘Barnes & Noble’

The end of the Sixth Avenue El

February 7, 2009

This photo was taken in 1939, just after the el was dismantled. Imagine how grimy and dark Sixth Avenue must have been with trains constantly roaring overhead and the tracks and stations blocking out sunlight.


Plenty more has changed at the intersection of Sixth Avenue, Greenwich Avenue, Ninth Street, and Christopher Street in the ensuing 70 years. Sixth Avenue traffic no longer flows two ways. The Women’s House of Detention was torn down and turned into a lovely garden. Nedick’s hot dogs is now a Barnes & Noble.

And there’s now a traffic island in the middle of the intersection—making things even more chaotic and confusing for pedestrians and drivers alike.

1933 yearbook ads: Who is still in business?

January 20, 2009

Looks like Barnes & Noble is the only one—and at the same location on lower Fifth Avenue. That’s still their textbook branch; it opened in 1932, a year before this yearbook page from Xavier High School, a Jesuit academy in Chelsea, was published.


The New York Band Instrument Co. and Lou J. Harris Tuxedos are long gone; an NYU dorm occupies their former storefronts on East 14th Street. And Rowan’s Ice Cream—established in 1867!—is also history.

I wonder about Drake Bakeries on Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn. Could it be the same Drake’s that begat Devil Dogs, Yodels, and other lunchbox treats later in the 20th century?