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A Vintage Look at the Upper East Side of 75 Years Ago

Corner Store via Shorpy

An awesome image of what life used to be like in 1930s NYC!

From Shorpy: “May 1, 1937, New York. Grocery at 1028 Third Avenue and 61st Street with Salvatore Campanelli far right. John J. Campanelli Collection.”

This storefront is right up the block from where Dylan’s Candy Bar is today, and shows what the local store was like for New Yorkers of 75 years ago. The prices may have increased, but it doesn’t seem much different from the delis and bodegas that we still use in the city every day, with fresh fruit displayed outside and canned goods, cheeses, coffee, and milk available inside.

Needless to say, that Upper East Side corner has lost some of its character over the years. Here’s a Google Street View that shows the corner of Third and 61st today:

Head over to Shorpy for a larger image and discussion about the scene, including a list of businesses that have called that corner home over the years.

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