Monday, September 21, 2009

Survivors on 23rd Street

West 23rd Street lies in a time warp between 1944 and 2009. 'Progress' has hit the hood like everywhere else in Manhattan, but here and there survivors of working class NYC (and its literary offshoots) remain.. as in Chelsea Sewing Center's call to another era when people made their own outfits...
The impossible to photograph El Quijote...
Infamous Chelsea Hotel
Faux dive bar Trailer Park...gotta love the signage
Former 60s Bar and Grill Live Bait
Limerick's Irish dive bar

25 comments:

Sean said...

Lots of character in all of them... hard but happy place I think!

Julie said...

I agree with Sean: so much character. I like to see 'hoods with character.

Why is the Chelsea Hotel infamous?

DAG said...

Every time I see a picture of the Chelsea Hotel I think of a Leonard Cohen song.
Nice interesting photos as always.

Wayne said...

I once stayed at the Leo House, a catholic run (ex-convent possibly) hotel/B&B about a block east of the Chelsea Hotel. It was a great place for bargain accommodation if you could manage to get in.

James said...

To this day when I here Chelsea hotel I think Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. Great post.

altadenahiker said...

Didn't the Warhol gang live in the Chelsea? Looks in good shape, though.

So Live Bait is a name, not an item on the menu, right?

Great photos.

Virginia said...

Exactly HOW would Wayne get into a Catholic nun run ( that rhymes!!!) outfit? What's this world coming to?

I"m uneasy about the Live Bait. When I come to NYC, I ain't going there KM!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Some beautiful and lovely shots !! Great post..Unseen Rajasthan

Laurie said...

That Live Bait joint is pretty sweet. I love all these, Ken. Brilliant captures.

Melanie said...

The photo of The Chelsea Hotel is spectacular.

Vanilla Press said...

Love the bright, vivid pictures!
Love NYC!

Jas
Ireland

Hilda said...

What treasures! But what's a dive bar? I've never heard the expression before. That Chelsea Hotel is both fantastic and scary-looking. And I like the look of Limerick's.

B SQUARED said...

I'm sure there are a lot of stories from each of those places. All seem like their time has past.

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Julie said...

Thanks for the info about the Chelsea, Ken. I like these sorts of gritty images much better than the glass/plastic type.

EV Grieve said...

The Limerick House is a fine place for some drinks... despite its location, seems to be a bit of a secret....

Jarart said...

Wow! Thanks for the tour of the hood.

• Eliane • said...

But I do like the Chelsea Hotel! I love the neon sign from the picture just below it.

Chaotic Smelt said...

Can't tell you how many "liquid lunches" the Guitar One editorial team had at Live Bait, or how many afternoon edit "meetings" we conducted at Limerick's!

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