Vintage Photo Shows Bowery and Pell in Chinatown, Manhattan Circa 1964

Chinatown 1964
Chinatown 1964

This vintage photograph recently dug up by our friends at Forgotten New York shows the intersection of Bowery and Pell St., in Manhattan's Chinatown around 1964.

Infrastructurally, there’s a lot going on in this picture of the Bowery at Pell Street looking south. This is just about at the starting point of the Bowery at Chatham Square, where East Broadway and St. James Place meet, and it’s the former junction of the 2nd and 3rd Avenue Els, which proceeded up Division Street (eventually 1st and 2nd Avenues) and the Bowery, respectively. The 3rd Ave El was removed in 1955, the 2nd in 1942.

Check out the full article for more analysis on the photo.

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