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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 08, 2010


Chris Barrus

The very first store I walked into on my very first trip to NYC (1986) was the original Forbidden Planet. I'd heard all sorts of great things about the place (even out here on the west coast) and was a natural stop.

Ended up getting interviewed by a reporter from the International Herald Tribune who was doing the then-obligatory "comics are not just for kids" story.


I went to the original Forbidden Planet the day that it opened, my friend and I rode the subway in from Queens having heard all about this amazing shop that was opening "in the city". We were 12 years old, and that trip into Manhattan probably began our exploration of all the great book and record stores the city had to offer then. I'm pretty sure I still have the bag that I brought home the stuff I bought that day in a drawer at my Mom's house...


I worked in the building the Burlington Mills Exhibit was in. It was there in the early 80's and I would take the ride often. I am glad someone else remembers it and that I can verify your childhood memory.

Laura S.


I've been on that block (on and off) since 1983. I visited the basement of FP more than once a week for several years. I remember Union Square being desolate.

Sam F

I remember Burlington Mills from the late 70's.

Also found it mentioned in an article in the New York Magazine (Feb 2, 1972) "101 Signs That The City Isn't Dying", No. 25.
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