Westbeth, artists housing in the converted Bell Telephone Labs building on the corner of West and Bethune Streets in the far west Village, opened in 1970. This painting from 1971, looking out the studio window, facing north to the other side of Bethune Street that was all warehouses, parking lots, factories. The dark red wall and the yellow smokestacks belonged to a Nabisco factory, long gone. The building was converted into a white walled condo palace sometime in the 1980s…as the big changes that have overtaken the far west Village began to accumulate. The smokestacks were a poetic icon while they lasted.