Avenue C in 1989, Before Zum Schneider [Video]

Posted on: April 1st, 2011 at 11:30 am by

Witness life before the gold rush in 1989 Alphabet City.  We stumbled upon this five-minute piece of video ephemera the other day, which shows a bike repair man operating out of the abandoned building at Avenue C and East Seventh Street.  It’s a nice little time capsule.

This image has been archived or removed.

Here is the description from YouTube user :

This man ran a bike repair shop in the abandon NW corner of C & 7th in the late 80’s. When he needed to straighten out a bike frame he would wait for a bus to stop across the street & stick it under its’ tire. I can remember him arguing with a bus driver. He was eventually evicted by developers. It is currently Zum Schneider. The dog, “Hank” was owned by actor Mark Boone Jr. who was a bartender at Vazaks in the mid to late 80’s. It was stranger than paradise.

Anybody remember his name?  Or have a story to share?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeX-Ni_rryA

Recent Stories

Man Shot Dead After Opening Door to Gunman at Lillian Wald Houses

A man was shot dead inside his apartment in the Lillian Wald Houses Friday night after the suspected killer knocked on his door, police said. The perp entered 691 FDR Drive just before 10:00pm and went to the fourth floor apartment of thirty-year-old Davon Venable. Reports noted that Venable and his father heard a knock […]

Filmmaker to Get ‘High on Ludlow Street’ with New Documentary [INTERVIEW]

One filmmaker is on a quest exhume the history of Ludlow Street with a forthcoming documentary series called High on Ludlow Street. What follows is an interview with Charles Libin, who talks about the so-called “gift of Ludlow,” memories on the block, challenges of making the film, and the current state of his beloved street. […]

Mayor Adams Vetoes Bill to Fine Non-Artists Residents in Upzoned SoHo and NoHo

The SoHo/NoHo Rezoning saga took a new turn last Friday when Mayor Eric Adams vetoed the controversial bill (Intro 2443A). The last-minute legislation, introduced by former Councilmember Chin, would levy fines against residents occupying JLWQA units without official “artist certification.” The odd JLWQA acronym isn’t the call sign of some defunct NYC radio station; it […]

Gaia Cafe Planning February Return with New Essex Street Locale

Gaia Italian Cafe, a locals favorite, is gearing up for a return. An early pandemic victim, Gaia shuttered its sub-level operations in the summer of 2020 after nearly a decade on East Houston. Then word came through last July that namesake chef-owner Gaia Bagnasacco signed a lease for the ground floor of 119 Essex Street, […]

‘Be My Baby’ and a Strange 1965 Visit to Parisi Bakery (Ronnie Spector RIP)

Ronnie Spector, the chanteuse who fronted the Ronettes in the 1960s with her signature vocal yearning, died yesterday. She was 78. She passed after “a brief battle with cancer,” according to a statement from her family. In tribute to her life and music, we’re re-publishing the following piece from a few years ago highlighting the […]