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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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August 24, 2014

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Randee Dawn

"This pretty much blew a new part in my hair."

That's my new favorite line.

G

My recollections of that address (and they might or might not be a little off):

When I first went on that block in maybe '80-'81, I was looking for comics/comix. 118 W. 3rd was still the Night Owl, but it was a head shop. They had the underground comix I was looking for, plus they were still selling a lot of old 60s posters (I remember getting Y. Rascals & Buffalo Springfield). Then there was the Batcave for the regular comics down those stairs in the still there--the movie material store was in the basement on the other side of that stoop. Bleeker Bobs was still on MacDougal on the other side of the park. I don't remember Bonaparte.

This is the hazy part: I remember later the Night Owl moving down W.3rd towards 6th Ave., but then the building it was in got torn down and then that McDonalds (that's still there) went up in the same spot. Can anyone else confirm that?

JAM

i definitely remember bonaparte, open for just a short time but used to shop there often, along with 99 records around the corner, second coming on sullivan st and the original bleecker bob's. it was run by some british guys, and they specialized in the more "classy" new wave stuff at the time like haircut 100, flock of seagulls, modern romance, lots of new romantic stuff. i've often thought about that place but had forgotten the name, glad i stumbled across your post. good memories.

JAM

did some online digging, details here in a 1981 issue of billboard on when they opened: http://books.google.com/books?id=rCQEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PT62&lpg=PT62&dq=bonaparte+records+new+york&source=bl&ots=d2hXuYEo4x&sig=ueJOJMEfoFej9KqI2nyMrOMoB5M&hl=en&sa=X&ei=QcwtVMy7KMzisASKt4D4Bw&ved=0CCAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=bonaparte%20records%20new%20york&f=false

if you have trouble with the link, try googling "bonaparte records new york" and it's one of the first results.

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