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NYC street circa 1930-1940

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  1. mixer

    mixer Well-Known Member

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    Interesting business signs.
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  2. Loyac

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    Anyone know where in NYC this might be? Just curious... John
     
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    Here you go.

    GUNSMITH; GUNSMITH AND POLICE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS
    6 Centre Market Place and 240 Centre Street
    FEBRUARY 4, 1937. ABBOTT FILE 204

    GUNSMITH
    6 Centre Market Place between Broome and Grand Streets
    FEBRUARY 4, 1937. ABBOTT FILE 203

    An oversized pistol attracted Abbott to this gunshop across the street from Manhattan's central police headquarters. The shop's first owner, the gunsmith Eli Parker, chose the site in 1850 for its proximity to the police, his customary clientele. The shop later passed into the hands of the Belgian "Lavatatas" family, whose third-generation descendant Frank Lava ran the business in Abbott's day and into the 1960s. Lava reported that a growing number of his customers belonged to the "crank trade"--hobbyists who needed professional help with the finer details of gun repair.

    Despite the removal of its fourth floor and the remodelling of its facade, no. 6 Centre Market Place remains intact and still functions as a gunshop, "Humane Police Equipment, Inc." It no longer bears the gun shop sign, but its neighbor and competitor, John Jovino, Co. (est. 1911), at no. 5, adopted the practice, with a sign similar to that in Abbott's photograph.

    The ornate French Baroque police headquarters, built in 1909 for the then staggering cost of $1.5 million, replaced the department's more modest accommodations on nearby Mulberry Street. Rising incongruously from a motley assortment of shops and tenements on the border of Chinatown, it is now a landmarked luxury condominium called The Police Building, home to artists and celebrities.

    Eric
     
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    Ah, yes, Mulberry St.

    The "Social Clubs" with the religious statue in the window and the Lincoln parked half on the sidewalk.

    I liked the chickens hanging in the window in the Chinatown shops too.

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    For more old pictures of NYC click the link above.


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