and I am sweating a lot by now and thinking of
leaning on the john door in the 5 SPOT
I knew the 5 Spot was in my neighborhood but I never knew exactly where till I happened to walk past this commemorative sign. What must have been a row of Bowery tenements and bars is now a senior citizen center.
I was watching a short video of my neighborhood 30 or 35 years ago with a friend, age 30, who asked, referring to the endless blocks of burned-out buildings & cars, the junkies & broken glass & dog shit: Was that really what it was like?
I almost can't believe it either, not when I see how entirely the East Village has transformed.
The golden age, always a little further in the past than when you were young.