Take a Stroll Down Orchard Street, Circa 1962 [VIDEO]

Posted on: January 4th, 2017 at 10:23 am by

At a slim fifty-five seconds, the following video is a time capsule from a very different Lower East Side.

Boogie reader Adam Varsano shares the quick clip – shot by his father – which candidly captures a northbound stroll on Orchard Street, circa 1962-63. Back when the area really was a true bargain district (yet, a decade shy of the onset of the open-air pedestrian mall).

Most of the businesses seen here are long gone. The most notable survivor is probably the S. Beckenstein ghost signage on the block. Fine & Klein “better handbags” (:07) would last until 2007; the building was demolished three years later, and the Sago Hotel sits on its ashes. The rest are, as they say, history.

The walk concludes with a trip to the Stillman’s Center grocery at the corner of Rivington Street.

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