Friday, March 5, 2010

Mafia trash in Soho

Soho, once populated by poor artists, is now for the well heeled. A former mob joint, bakery and news shop, this MacDougal Street wreck is the last of its kind in Soho. It sits abandoned, a haven for legion rat populations and homeless men with courage. The ruin sits next to the brownstone of famed rocker/poetess, Patti Smith. Even fame can't fight the buildings commission, which doesn't give a damn. And I like it.

11 comments:

Yvi said...

Hi!

Your photos are fascinating.

At the 2nd Picture it looks as if it's slow collapse in the mid-on.

Greetings
Yvi

altadenahiker said...

Oh, I feel so sorry for the old guy and his spray-painted address. Home now to rats and a shooting gallery.

Kitty said...

wow, it looks like it's about to topple over.

I have to say I haven't noticed this building before. Incredible!

Lily Hydrangea said...

I've never noticed this building either. You have piqued my curiosity Mr. Mac. Now I will have to check it out next time I am in the neighborhood.
I still remember that mob boss who used to walk around Sullivan Street in his bathrobe. I used to pass him on the way to work.
I wish I could remember his name.

Ken Mac said...

Vinnie the chin gigante

Louis la Vache said...

«Louis» will take a cinnamon roll with a .38 slug on the side...

Renee said...

Makes for a damn good photo, though! :)

Rob said...

Love the old classic building. Would make for a nice photo studio camera shop.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Amazing photo, Ken Mac!
The fire escapes looks a bit crooked to me...

BANJO52 said...

Yeah, tilt . . . ? But I agree, makes a good shot--er, photo.

Christina said...

Wonderful building. You always know just what to shoot.

Christina
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