Revisiting Houston and Mulberry in 1985 [PHOTOS]

Posted on: April 10th, 2014 at 10:06 am by

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East Houston in 1985, Photo: Susan Fensten

Boogie reader and longtime New Yorker Susan Fensten sent us the following photo and description. It shows the corner of East Houston and Mulberry Street in the 1980s.

Over many decades my father, John Fensten took photos of New York City street scenes. He worked as a bike messenger and lived in a tiny studio on East 5th Street which he basically turned into a dark room. In the early 90’s he told me that threw away all of his negatives and prints. When he died in 2001, I gathered up what little he left in his apartment, which included a number of surviving black and white negatives which I am seeing for the first time.

Note the parking lot in the foreground, before it became a center median for advertising and a Bank of America. A few paces away is also the spot where Nikola Tesla operated a lab in the late 1890s.

We’ll be featuring some of Fensten’s other archival images in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

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