Photo of the day: Bowery Ballroom back in the day

Catch a glimpse of old Manhattan with this shot of the Delancey Street rock venue from the '30s, when it was Tree-Mark Shoes.

The Tree-Mark shoe store at 6–8 Delancey Street

The Tree-Mark shoe store at 6–8 Delancey Street Photograph: The Wurts Brothers, courtesy of NYPL

Before Bowery Ballroom was a symbol of an indie band's ascendance and one of our favorite venues in New York City, it was a shoe store. NYC history blog The Bowery Boys dug up this photo of the building at 6–8 Delancey Street in the 1930s, offering a glimpse of the Lower East Side's past. Tree-Mark Shoes was a footwear outlet, and not too shabby of a shop by the looks of it. You can see more photos, including of the shop's interior, at the Bowery Boys website.

[Photo courtesy of NYPL]

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