The photos I posted from a 1978 tourist picture book received such a warm response that I've decided to share a few others.
Above is Puglia Restaurant in Little Italy, looking very much as it does today. (It's still around.)
Above and below are a couple of tasty shots of Chinatown. The book is not very good as specifying streets. Maybe someone out there can name the specific locations.
The below picture is of a Times Square area restaurant called Act 1. It was actually located inside No. 1 Times Square. Does anyone remember this place? It couldn't have been long lived. Looks kinda Maxwell's Plum-ish
The above is an easily recognizable scene, owing to the distinctive arch on the ground-floor space of the building on the left. It's Bleecker Street, just east of Seventh. Ottomanelli's is center.
A view of lower Manhattan featuring the Twin Towers and the always-hideous phone company tower— which at least doesn't have Verizon's neon red checkmark yet.
A shot of Times Square complete with a huge liquor ad for Gordon's gin. And Bond's men's clothing store still existed! Note the marquee for "Thank God It's Friday." "Quasimodo" was a Broadway musical of the time. Actually, it was only announced for Broadway. A demo recording was made, but the show never came to town. Probably with good reason.
A few of you seemed rather moved by the sight of the old Coogan Building on Sixth Avenue, which was torn down a decade ago. So here's a close-up of it. Enjoy.