Above: Willem deKooning (1904-1997) (center, with light hair) speaks with author Noel Clad (1923-1962) and his wife at the top of a stoop at 88 East 10th Street, next door to the Tanager Gallery (the storefront above the 'Bar' sign), April 5, 1959. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. Below: Same stoop, 56 years later. Photo by Save the Village.

Above: Willem deKooning (1904-1997) (center, with light hair) speaks with author Noel Clad (1923-1962) and his wife at the top of a stoop at 88 East 10th Street, next door to the Tanager Gallery (the storefront above the 'Bar' sign), April 5, 1959. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah. Below: Same stoop, 56 years later. Photo by Save the Village.

  This edition of Old/New shows a stoop entirely recognizable from how it was 60 years ago. The other side of the street (East 10th) is entire unrecognizable; the old buildings that housed several galleries were demolished for a soul-less apartment building.

  Sort of fun, really, to walk down a street like that and see how both sides were, and how they are now. (An Old/New of the other side of the street is coming shortly.) Some streets obviously are fairly similar, and some are, well, not.

  DeKooning was at the height of his fame when the top photo was taken. He was a familiar figure in the 'hood, having lived around the corner on 4th Ave. for years before he moved to 10th St. The Artist's Club was on the corner, and several galleries popped up on the street once the AbExmaster gave his imprimatur to the area.  

  It's all part of the Save the Village: The Artist's World tour, which runs every Saturday afternoon, unless there is a record breaking snow fall, as there was last weekend.