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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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June 18, 2010

Comments

Jon

Fully agree. It always hurt my brain that people would fly thousands of miles to NYC and then eat at... The Hard Rock Cafe! The upside of that kind of extremely limited tourist mentality is that 90% of New York is *not* overrun by tourists because they're all in Times Friggin Square!

dark1p

Once every couple of years I used to like getting stoned and just standing in the middle of it at night. It's such a surreal place, with all the lighted signage.

But that was a long time ago. I wonder if people thought it sucked back in the 40s and 50s? It must have been a fairly cool place at some point....maybe the 20s and 30s? Ever?

James Taylor

I must admit I have on occasion voluntarily set foot in Times Square, but it's usually only in the clinging hope that it might not be all that bad. But it is that bad — in fact, it's worse. I could handle the gigantic billboards and the blinking neon. But now actual buildings aren't made from brick or concrete anymore: they're just an enormous TV facade with no windows. The Times Square depicted in Vanilla Sky (that's Vanilla Sky up top, right?) already seems out-dated. The death knell came when they closed off Seventh Avenue (or was it Broadway?). That was the day New York City handed Times Square over to the tourists.

ken mac

yes, when even Hall and Oates refer to a better Times Square you know the place is beyond dead...

Ed

I disagree, Time Square right now is very much New York now that they've turned the entire rest of the city into an approximation of what residents in the Midwest think New York is about.

But I also avoid setting foot there. But I've recently found myself avoiding Union Square as well, which actually now looks like an outdoor mall on Long Island. Its getting harder and harder to mentally wall this stuff off as it spreads and spreads.

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