Thursday, January 15, 2009

7th Avenue & 49th Street 1990/Now

Shot with a cheap Canon film camera..."Old Fashion Donuts," "Follies Lounge Live Nude Revue!!" "VIP Area," "Tad's Steaks," a couple  ancient theater facades, including the DeMille. 18 years later it's all covered all demolished, though Tad's survives. Kudos to Viva. 


boweryboogie said...

donuts between movies and smut. sounds about right.

joy said...

Awww, you should post a pic from now...though it might not make you feel any better.

JamesChanceOfficial said...

Amazing how much its changed in only 10 or 11 years.

marley said...

Its a shame this photo is all that remains of them.

Ming the Merciless said...

Live Nude Revue? Wow! Sounds like a really classy show!! :-)

Jeremiah Moss said...

mmm...nice one

Virginia said...

I like the idea you could grab a soft warm donut and head into the cheesy girly flicks or shows or .....
Sad really.

rchrd said...

Right. I'd like to see what it looks like today. I remember this street and Tad's. Used to go to concerts at Town Hall nearby (43rd?).

So what's happened to the street since? Lemme guess. A 60-storey office block that looks like it was rolled out of a stamping press.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Love this photo! Very much NY!

Have a nice weekend!

ChickenUnderwear said...

Now only the daring tourists can take home a giant dildo as a souvenir of their visit to NYC. They might have to venture to Sunset Park.

joy said...

No, no, no. Remember? They need only take the Sex and the City tour to get the group trip into the little Pleasure Chest store down near St. Vincent's.

ChickenUnderwear said...

Thanks Joy.

I feel better knowing the good stuff is safe from the tourists. ;)

Unknown said...

You said "History"...How does it look like now?? More in glass or....

Judy said...

I also wonder what is there now.

Anonymous said...

Looks great but a little old fashioned. My how quickly fashion changes. Is it all glass and neon now?

Jeremiah Moss said...

thanks the heads, there is nothing left

rchrd said...

Looks more like they just stuck new facades on the buildings. What a jumble. I wonder if anyone even notices all the signage.

Thanks for posting the current view.

JamesChanceOfficial said...

Thanks for the heads up Ken. Nice work.

Virginia said...

Here's a story to warm your heart. A NY diner is being moved to Birmingham and being saved from the wrecking ball!!!! Now you will have to come for a visit!


joy said...

Unrecognizable. UGH.

Thanks for posting that current view, because I've lived here only 14 years and worked in TSQ for some of it, and *I* didn't recognize the block. Even with the crosstreets listed.

James Taylor said...


Anonymous said...

Wow, what a change!Typical NY scene in the 2nd pic!

Judy said...

Wow! What a change. Thanks for putting in the now picture.

marley said...

Its great to see the follow up photo. Thanks :)

ultraviolet said...

Thanks for posting this. The old photo is amazing, and I'm glad I got to see that era of NYC before it was erased. HOWEVER, your comparison is INCORRECT. THESE PHOTOS WERE NOT TAKEN FROM THE SAME VANTAGE POINT. The old photo is 49th St. and 7th Avenue. The bottom photo at Broadway and 49th is correct. At least one of the facades in the old photo still exist. The Embassy Theater facade (which was the originally the Mayfair Theater in th 30s and 40s) still remains. It was recently renovated and turned into a NY souvenir tourist trap store. Go up there and check it out. You can still see the arched windows that are above the maquee. I believe the building where the porn theater was also remains but it is now something else.

Ken Mac said...

Viva, thanks for that correction. Everything is so different now, the only thing I could find to use as a bearing point was the background skyscraper. But I will go up tomorrow and take a corrected shot. Thanks! watch this space..more to come..

bARE-eYED sUN said...

wow! what a blast. i'd almost forgotten. thank you.

gogouci said...

Live Nude Revue for only 25 cents. What a deal. Wonder what the dead ones cost.

mingusal said...

I miss Old Fashion Donuts. Here and at 86th & Lex. Damn good donuts & coffee

Jill said...

Wow... Tad's Steaks lives on!

Mame said...

I'm loving the retrospectives mixed in with the current views.

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