Village Preservation is dedicated to preserving the architectural heritage and cultural history of Greenwich Village, the East Village and NoHo. Village Preservation advocates for landmark and zoning protections and monitors proposed and planned developments and alterations to landmarked and historic sites throughout our neighborhoods.
Village Preservation offers a variety of tools to help you learn more about the history and culture of our neighborhoods. The innocuous-looking apartment building at East 13th Street, between Second and Third Avenues, may raise few eyebrows now.
Today, East 13th Street is a seemingly well-maintained walk-up rental apartment building. It was built as a set of three with its neighbors at and in Developers rushed to construct literally scores of the cheaper models like East 13th Street while they still could, in mostly working-class, immigrant neighborhoods like what we know call the East Village as well as the Lower East Side, Little Italy, the South Village, and Greenwich Village inmaking this one of the busiest years for residential construction in New York City.
Bywhen Martin Scorcese filmed much of the movie Taxi Driver on East 13th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, this block had developed somewhat of a notorious reputation for seediness and crime. Taxi Driver was released on February 8,and went on to receive four Academy Award nominations and is considered by many critics one of the all-time greatest American films.
In the 70sI lived a couple of blocks from 13th St. I never crossed that block at night. Even in daylight it felt dangerous, and after one walk on that street, I waited for 10 years for the gentrification to make it safe. The men whistled at each and every woman, cajoling them to whatever… Even 3rd Avenue between 14th St.
One evening, I and a friend who had come in from Stamford, CT walked back on 3rd Avenue and I pointed out the cross-dressers and prostitutes. She was shocked in disbelief but also curious about this somewhat shady life.
Nowadays the walkers blocking the sidewalks on Third Avenue are NYU students with cellphones stuck to their ears! It was pretty hysterical—seeing the pimps all proud as peacocks, strutting around that they had gottent hewir girls in the movies! I agree with Davdi that the actual filming may have taken place at the old SRO hotel.
I moved around the corner to 3rd Avenue after a while, where more of the activity actually took place. It was sad to see young girls hanging out in my doorway, just in from the country or suburbs, looking fresh and clean, only to be ghosts of themselves within six months from the drugs and the streets.
He mentioned several cities as examples, and mentioned 14th Street in New York. I grew up about six blocks on University Place and a world away from East 13th Street. Save my name,and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
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Village Preservation. I lived next door at in the basement during that time too.
It was true then and until recently was still true. Pingback: A Nightmare on 13th Street. Marks Place?