Along with thousands of other New Yorkers, I've just started looking in the newly released Municipal Building photo archives. I began with the city-wide tax photos taken between 1983 and 1988. The images online are low-resolution, which makes for some very fuzzy views of an 80s city. Straining to look at them and read the names of stores is almost like trying to summon my own blurry memories of what went where in the streets around my home a quarter of a century ago. It was good to finally see a photograph of Glasgow's deli, two up from the OTB. I was starting to think I'd been making this place up. Suddenly there I am, back in shuffling line for milk or a paper, with down-on-their luck punters, and corner dealers. A darker, sourer, more cheerless deli you might never see. I don't remember Get Even though, and I think it must have closed before I moved around here. Sounds like a good name for a barbershop, maybe, but I believe it was some kind of candy store/video arcade. Glasgow's is now Tacos Nuevo Mexico, and Get Even (which was the first location for TNM) is currently a building site. The OTB, next to Get Even, is almost Jo, Brian & Joseph's Key Foods supermarket, and will open later this week if all goes as planned.
I'll be dipping into the archives regularly.