I spent a lot of time going to St. Marks Place as a teen/young adult. I pierced my tongue at a place called Religious Sex and now that I think about how that took place, I have to question what the hell I was thinking when I got that done. If my memory serves me well, I went downstairs, sat on a table behind a yellow curtain, was given some mouthwash, had my tongue marked with a sharpie and held with some plier like device and pop when the pressure in my mouth with a new piece of jewelry.
I revisited this area with my sister and her girls because the youngest was going to get her second piercing in her ear. I mentioned that I had pierced my tongue twice and she said “so, you decided to make the same bad decision twice”. I then proceeded to tell her how I got this done at 20. We all got a laugh out of it and ventured to a now, sad shell of what this area has become. A good portion of the stores on the corner near 3rd Avenue are closed and on Sunday St. Mark’s Comics closed it’s doors for good after 36 years.
I’ll say it again, I love finding old signs of businesses that still exist in NYC. I was drawn to the the Block Drug Stores sign and saw Moishe’s bakery before I made it to the corner. One quick glance at their window was all I needed to enter to remind me of so many delicacies that I enjoyed as a child. If you are ever near 7th street and 2nd Ave, please do yourself a favor and purchase something from this bakery ( I recommend the chocolate cigars). They don’t accept cards so make sure to have some cash on hand when walking in there.
We somehow managed to stay in the area until nightfall and on the walk back to the train, I came across a The Famous Cozy Soup n Burger Diner that I frequented a lot after shows that I took pics for at Joe’s Pub.I always ordered the same thing ( a bagel with french fries on the side) while my friends would order what seemed to be the entire menu. Right before I finished taking pictures in the Village, I needed to capture the steeple of Grace Church on a clear cold night.