Sterling Place between 6th and 7th was part of a working-class North Slope in the 1940s, when this photo was taken. The block was dominated by brownstones and parking garages, which have since been converted into apartments. Note the Quaker State sign in front of the garage at far right.
The conversion of so many parking garages to apartments isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I think we all wouldn’t mind a few more parking spaces in the neighborhood. The recently un-scaffolded St. Augustine's steeple is just visible through the trees.