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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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October 26, 2016



I drank in McHales almost every day in 1977, when I was the Technical Director of the Broadway show 'Beatlemania' at The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. During intermission we (the stage crew) used to hightail it down 46th to McHales. There was a bartender there named Louie; who knew exactly what time we'd come in, and had shots and beers waiting for us.

A few years later, I was on 8th ave. with a friend and we went into McHales for a beer. As we walked in Louie shouted "It's not intermission for another hour and ten minutes!"


I rarely went to Times Square, so I did not know the magic that was McHale's. One day, probably before or after a Broadway show, I stumbled into McHale's and immediately fell in love. One back another time after.

As stated, I rarely went to Times Square, so one day when I was back in the neighborhood with a friend, I suggested this amazing bar called McHale's. Did not remember the exact location, just that it was on some NE corner on 8th ave. Looked for it, could not find it. Then it dawned on me: the entire goddamn building was gone. Welcome to the new normal.

I had the exact same experience with Cedar Tavern. I know the bar is here somewhere....

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