...I guess you could say we're trying to break out of the old world and start a new one. But that's not something you can explain to a social worker or policeman. They think the old world is just fine."
--Ruby Tabeata, The Beat on Ruby's Street
Greenwich Village, 1958.
What did Ruby see in her neighborhood and around the city? Just a few imagined sights from her eyes would include a street scene near her apartment building:
Then, maybe, when Ray went down to Chinatown to see his girlfriend:
And the streets they'd see together looked like this?
What could you see from Ruby's roof?
And a couple of places around her neighborhood...
And then, one of Les and Bo's parties, maybe?
Plus the skyline, circa 1950s...
Just a day, I think, in the Beat on Ruby's Street...
Illustration: Scott Rolfs