Corner: Village Farm, deli with
many British items.
305: Was Lord of the Fleas
Friendly cafe with the same raved-about
coffee as Astor Place's Mud Truck; a hub
of the East Village social scene. The
space used to be No More Eggs. This was the final
address of hardcore label Rat Cage Records, closed in 1983.
309: Was Vui Vui Cho Viet Nam.
313: Argentine tango composer
Astor Piazzolla lived here in 1936, when he was 15.
315: February Eleventh
317: Jutta Neuman, handmade shoes and bags
319: Downstairs are Hair, salon with
a funky neon sign, and Little King Ltd.,
designer rings. Planet Health used to be
here, which maintained that "cooked food is poison."
321: The March Hare, toy store continuing the grand tradition of Dinosaur Hill. In 1962, this basement was the
first home of Cafe La Mama,
pioneering off-off-broadway theater. In 1969, designers
Stella Douglas and Colette Mimram "practically initiated the leather fringe binge singlehandedly" with their boutique here, which clothed such '60s icons as Timothy Leary, Johnny Winter and Jimi Hendrix. (Hendrix was friends with the designers, one of whom was married to his producer Alan Douglas; he lived at this address briefly.)
The Source, eclectic copy center since 1982,
has been a favorite of musicians like They Might Be Giants
(who sang a
song about putting up flyers).
333: Manhattan Portage, flagship store
of backpack brand. I carry one of their messenger
bags, though I took the label off. Also Cadillac's
Castle Designer Resale Shop.
335: H, lamps made from found
objects and other unique housewares;
Fabulous Fanny's, vintage eyeglasses.
337: Was 9th Street Market, hard-to-get-into
341: The Immigrant, wine bar. Was witchcraft store
Enchantments, now a block down the street.
Corner (147 1st Ave): Was Angelica's Herbs, whose paranoid style detracted
from its wide selection of botanical products. Later was The Bean, a local coffee chain. Upstairs is
East Village Hotel, which feels less like a hotel and more like a studio apartment you can rent on vacation.