Sunday night's season premiere of Mad Men featured St. Marks Place circa 1968. Betty Draper travels downtown to the Bohemian street to find a runaway teenager. The neighborhood looks much different than it does now!
Readers of The New York Times debated the accuracy of the squalid depiction of St. Marks Place. The article highlights how St. Marks Place was actually a big draw for tourists, and how the real grit could be found further east along Avenue C. Read the debate here. The article features a photo of one of the Village's legendary corner shops, Gem Spa Newsstand.
Gothamist took a Mad Men-inspired moment to highlight what the Village was like in the 60s. Check out the grainy/awesome video below for visuals.
Although Don Draper's world may be primarily set among the glass-walled buildings of midtown and Madison Avenue, the Village and its famed historic character also get its due. Everyone's favorite ad man even moves into a Greenwich Village flat on Waverly Place. See the rent check here and learn about all the historic spots featured on the show here.
For more real life Mad Men see WNYC's handy NYC map of every location on the show.
Grab a fellow fan and come down the the village to toast Season Six!