Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Alamogordo: New York Avenue

New York Avenue, Alamogordo, New Mexico

My guess is that New York Avenue was Alamogordo's first main commercial street. One or two blocks to the west, along a parallel track, is White Sands Boulevard, aka Highways 54 and 70.

New York Avenue, Alamogordo, New Mexico

If you were just passing through Alamogordo, you might not know about New York Avenue at all, which would be a pity. Not because of its charming, tiny historic business center, because, frankly, the little business center is not very charming.

New York Avenue, Alamogordo, New Mexico

No, it'd be a pity to miss New York Avenue because of the interesting residential architecture you'd see, from its beginning at First Street to where it dead-ends at a bleak trailer park.

I'll address the architecture more specifically in another post, but for now I'm including photos of government buildings on this street, along with former residences made over into business establishments.

New York Avenue, Alamogordo, New Mexico

There are two well-regarded restaurants on New York: Memories and Country Kitchen. Haven't been to either yet. There are two Otero County buildings here. Law firms. Accountants. Eye docs. The historic theater, the Flickinger, which is a rather unattractive building, but which enjoys fervent community support. So I'll say its spirit has beauty.

Flickinger Theater, New York Avenue, Alamogordo, New Mexico

There's an unexpected minaret on a building that's on the corner of New York and 10th.

New York Avenue and 10th Street, Alamogordo, New Mexico

A New York Avenue resident I talked to noted that his street is the widest in town, a feature he appreciates. And I'll add that there are sidewalks on both sides of the street, another plus.

More photos below:    

New York Avenue, Alamogordo

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