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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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May 23, 2017



Goddammit, I was hoping to go to bed at a decent hour and then I see this and get sucked in like a cockroach in a roach motel....

The big screaming clue is the sign for Temple Garden Restaurant, which used to be at 16 Pell Street. It was a great place for dim sum brunch, though the owner eventually retired and it became a beauty salon or whatever they call places that do women's hair these days. The business next door is also currently a hair salon, though the facade and signage have changed. (I always grumble about how you can't tell it's Chinatown anymore if there aren't any business signs in Chinese....)

It's funny, though: I thought the Plasmatics were poseurs from LA and could not stand them. COULD NOT. I mean, you could argue that the Sex Pistols weren't much different in that they were manufactured by Malcolm McLaren, but LA is all about manufacturing image over content, and the Plasmatics' performances were especially noxious. (Chainsaws? Really? Wendy O. Williams pulling up her shirt and fondling her nipples onstage? My Riot Grrrl friends and I stormed out of the club, screaming "Exploitation!") I considered them a zit on the face of the declining 80s punk scene. But I do like that photo there.

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