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Dos Hermanos: 1964

Dos Hermanos: 1964

July 1964. "Two boys in street, one riding inside hand truck." First selection from the epic oeuvre of New York street photographer Angelo Rizzuto (1906-1967), a "troubled recluse" whose work remained unknown and unappreciated until long after his death. View full size.


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Haddad v. Farbstein

William Haddad (1928-2020) unsuccessfully challenged Democratic congressman Leonard Farbstein for his seat in New York’s 19th congressional district in June of 1964. Farbstein won renomination by a margin of more than 3,000 votes and was re-elected to a fifth term in November. Haddad, who ran as a Reform Democrat, charged fraud and demanded a recount in election districts in the Lower East Side and refused to formally concede defeat.

Give 'em a call ...

It appears there was little trouble in locating this scene, but the Dos Hermanos telephone number GR3-7230 provides a clue, too. That was the GRamercy exchange on 18th Street, a reference to Gramercy Park.

Still there?

Just up the street at 127 Stanton there's a small place called Stanton Pizza. I wonder if that's the same business, just moved into a smaller place.

So much to see here

The plaid-shirted kid pestering the butcher, the couple buying street food next door. And that Bonneville!

Seeing the pizza shop really brings back memories of taking walks with my grandpop in Manhattan and Brooklyn right around the same time this shot was taken. We'd stop for a slice or a frank at places with those walkup windows.

Looking forward to more from Mr. Rizzuto.

A slice of life back then

When "pie" was still appended to "pizza."

Lower East Side

Still a fantastic part of town, one of my favorites in Manhattan, extremely vibrant and various like this photo from over 55 years ago. Not as theme-parky as other great neighborhoods like the Village. And adjacent to other wonderful places like Chinatown and Little Italy and Soho and the Village.

Arlene's Grocery

Was essentially attached to the butcher shop on the left, and really was a grocery for a long time, until becoming one of the really hip Lower East Side music joints for many years. They kept the name and signage, because ... well, why not? Stanton Street Pizza is no longer astride but the good news is there's plenty of out the window pies still available on Stanton but now, instead of 15 cents, it's more like 99 cents. Fold over inflation.

Scene right out of the movie A Bronx Tale

Half expected to see Chazz Palminteri standing beside the Bonneville.

93 Stanton Street, between Orchard and Ludlow

Still there, although the storefronts have become the back of a bar.

1960 Flat-top

Pontiac Bonneville 4 door hardtop, my older brother's wedding chariot in June 1960.
Huge trunk area, but rather sedate, finless rear-end treatment compared to most GM offerings that year. Boyhood chums, hope their friendship is an ongoing one.

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