Posts Tagged ‘Greenwich Village during World War II. Greenwich Village in the 1940s’

West Eighth Street and MacDougal Alley

December 7, 2009

As seen from MacDougal Street in 1942. Alfred S. Mira painted this scene of one of World War II–era Greenwich Village’s main drags. 

The shop on the right-hand corner eventually housed Eighth Street Books, one of those fabled Village bookstores in pre-Amazon, pre-Barnes & Noble days. 

And the Eighth Street Theater, which survived until the 1990s, was right around the corner.

This stretch of Eighth Street looks almost exactly the same today, except the crowds are a little sketchier. Too bad Mira didn’t reproduce the store signs and names.