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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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NoOriginalArt

Is Church Street Surplus still around? I walked past there last fall with my son, and out of habit I rummaged through the racks of clothing. My son, who pretends to give no fucks about fashion, suddenly began screaming with joy over this horrible Hawaiian shirt with a pineapple print...but I digress.

I saw the Times' article and thought, oh good, Canal Street is safe for rich white people. Actually, for the last five years there's been anger and concern among longtime residents of Chinatown and Little Italy over old buildings being bought up by real estate investors and turned into condos for wealthy bohos who "love living downtown." (I was not thrilled when Norman Reedus bought a penthouse built atop what used to be an old machine shop on Baxter Street. When out of town friends who are fans of The Walking Dead ask me to show them his place, I give them the stinkeye.) Now the cancer is spreading westward, and I don't see any sign of it abating, even with a supposedly progressive mayor in office.

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