East German Pride Is Alive And Flourishing On The Streets Of New York City!

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This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. A Trabant down on the NYC street? You bet!

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That's right, there's a little Warsaw Pact plastic two-stroker being used to get around New York, and Voodoojoo has the proof:

I don't know if a Trabant parked in New York City is old news (man I love this site), but I ran into this, the first Trabi I've seen since my stay in East Berlin, and a pea-green, pre-1960 model at that. Parked appropriately in the East Village in front of Moishe's Kosher Bake Shop this two-stroke beauty sat idly by soaking up the praise of the dozens of passersby. If the license plate is anything to go by, this car putted its way to the New York DMV in 1960. To keep a Trabi sputtering along is quite a Jalopnikian mission today, I can hardly image what it would have been like running this symbol of commie-pride in Madison Avenue's heyday. In any case, keep up the good work Miss Murilee, and I look forward to the next I-can't-believe-it car that gets put up in the Down on the Street series!

Illustration for article titled East German Pride Is Alive And Flourishing On The Streets Of New York City!
Illustration for article titled East German Pride Is Alive And Flourishing On The Streets Of New York City!
Illustration for article titled East German Pride Is Alive And Flourishing On The Streets Of New York City!
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Raphael Orlove

I never thought the day would come, but it finally has! And though it feels great to see my pictures up on this, the little corner of the internet which helped to get me so hooked on cars, I think that the whole process of taking pictures of cars has had a far deeper effect on me. What started out as a geeky dream of showing up on Down on the Street turned quickly into a means of grounding myself. When I came back from school in New York City to my Central California home, going through every piece of my town street by street finally gave me a feeling of a hometown, of some kind of attachment to the very streets that I grew up on. The picture albums I have tell the story of that sweet, hot, hazy summer of 2008 and now that I'm back in New York, I've continued the process here, growing more settled into the neighborhoods and streets I've come to live in. I've gone over my past block by block and now I'm fixing myself to the present, all by going out day after day with an obsolete digital camera sticking out of my pocket, ready to weather the strange looks and puzzled complexions of the New Yorkers walking by watching some college student lying stomach down on the street to try to get a low angle shot. Great as the cars are, it's the background that makes them so great for me, and in framing the cars with their surroundings, I end up framing myself in as well.