Photo captions — Second Floor West

(clockwise from elevator)

Edna St. Vincent Millay

1937 (2W1)

The smallest house in New York City, at 57 1/2 Bedford Street, was once the home of this famed poet. As a member of the Village's Bohemian fold, Millay acted, wrote poetry and captivated a string of competing suitors through the early 1920s.

Minetta Street

1957 (2W2)

A junk cart interrupts the softball game.

NY Central Railroad

1941 (2W3)

The last run of the NY Central Railroad up 10th Avenue. A cowboy on horseback preceded the train to alert pedestrians to get out of the way.

Flapper

1920s (2W4)

A resident flapper hangs a poster for the Halloween Ball.

Sixth Avenue

1999 (2W5)
Photographer: Paul Oratofsky

X Marks the Spot

circa 1960 (2W6)

Demonstrators stage a protest after Mayor Wagner deems the West Village a "blighted area." The City Planning Commission had been marking buildings for demolition with an "X" in their windows.