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Noteworthy Photography

  • Burning Flags Press
    The website of Glen E. Friedman. Renowned for both his work with musicians like Fugazi, Minor Threat, Public Enemy, the Beastie Boys, Slayer (and many, many more) as well as his groundbreaking documentation of the burgeoning skateboard phenomenon in the late `70's, Glen has been privvy to (and has summarily captured on film) some of the coolest stuff ever. He's also an incredibly insightful and nice guy to boot.
  • SoHo Blues - Photography by Allan Tannenbaum
    Allan Tannenbaum is a local photographer who has been everywhere and shot everything, from members of Blondie hanging out at the Mudd Club through the collapsing towers of the World Trade Center on September 11th. You could spend hours on this site, and I have.
  • Robert Otter Photographs
    Amazing vintage photographs of New York City, specifically my own neighborhood, Greenwich Village.
  • oboylephoto
    Just some intensely cool photographs of abandoned places.
  • Rikki Ercoli's Legends of Punk
    Much like Glen E. Friedman (see above), Rikki Ercoli has managed to catch some amazing bands in their manic element.
  • Lost & Found Film
    A fascinating website devoted to undeveloped film found in vintage camers. A curious mixture of interesting and spooky.
  • Pinhole Photography by Veronica Saddler
    NYC landmarks shot through a pinhole lens. Neat-o.
  • Eugene Merinov
    Compelling shots of Punk, Post-Punk and New Wave band performing live in various long-lost venues in a pre-sanitized New York City. Great stuff!
  • Edward Colver

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July 23, 2008

Comments

hntrnyc

i remember the first time i heard the term "lifestyle" marketing used in conjunction with breaking a new music act. starbucks and urban outfitters were mentioned in the next sentence.
little did i know that i would not be safe from it even in NYC where it is now complete lifestyle packaging. the people who mourn the loss of starbucks never lived in a real city when they grew up. all they know is the chain stores of the mall that spawned them.

MEK

I think there are more Dunkin Donuts around than Starbucks but they don't bring attention to themselves. They got better coffee, too.

ken

coffee is bitter and burnt, cakes are soft and basically raw. And why pay $3 for anthing caffeine related? Crap, I will settle for a deli cup of $95 java any day.

Ed

The reason all those Starbucks opened in the first place was to drive the independent coffee shops out of business. Once they secured a monopoly, of course they closed their underperforming shops. I think its a terrible business model even from the standpoint of making money, but that doesn't mean that its not tried from time to time.

There really should have been an anti-trust investigation of the company. I'm pretty happy about the closings, since its a chance to replace some bland stores selling bad coffee with something more useful. Maybe we will get some independent places again someday.

The original stores in Seattle were actually pretty good, so this is also a lesson in the problems of a good local chain going national.

JamesSF

Tower did the same thing to small record shops, underprice & displace them, but then even it went out of business. Ah, the fickle nature of capital.

If you're in a small town, in the San Joaquin Valley or the midwest, the presence of a Starbucks is ok. Especially in the afternoon when the breakfast and lunch counters are closed or else whatever coffee is left is "done cooked" by then.

But aren't frappacinos and such drinks really milkshakes? Real coffee is coffee or espresso or a morning caffe late. Starbucks, it would seem, is really the malt shop of Lana Turner and Mickey Rooney days reissued.

JamesSF

Tower did the same thing to small record shops, underprice & displace them, but then even it went out of business. Ah, the fickle nature of capital.

If you're in a small town, in the San Joaquin Valley or the midwest, the presence of a Starbucks is ok. Especially in the afternoon when the breakfast and lunch counters are closed or else whatever coffee is left is "done cooked" by then.

But aren't frappacinos and such drinks really milkshakes? Real coffee is coffee or espresso or a morning caffe late. Starbucks, it would seem, is really the malt shop of Lana Turner and Mickey Rooney days reissued.

Steve

Let me tell you why Starbucks succeeded in achieving such a level of ubiquity: If you're a coffee lover, there is nothing worse than going into an unknown coffee house or deli, buying a coffee and having it SUCK. With Starbucks, you're at least guaranteed a strong, if slightly overroasted, cup of decent coffee. It eliminates the guesswork. Yes, it also eliminates the mom & pops, but sometimes they deserved to be eliminated.

MEK

In the year 3000, Starbucks will have gone the way of the McDLT. Noone will remember that much about them.

Susan

You are just swinging at any easy target - yes, there re too many shops, but man of those indie places really really sucked. I had some really horrid coffee that wasn't worth the nickle or whatever back in the day. Better a starbucks that has a function for everyone than more condos or little shops selling $50. t shirts. Or god forbid another freakin cupcake place.

The falt really lies with last two mayors who let corporations gut NY - starbucks just sold them their lattes. Sex and the City didn't help either. I left NYC in 1995 and everytime I come back to visit family the place just breaks my heart.

Susan

Sorry about the spelling there - this keyboard really blows (keys stick).

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