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  • 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.
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    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!
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September 24, 2010


James Taylor

Indeed. Today, some of those buildings are cherished or sorely missed. I liked the old Columbus Circle. Flipping through that New York magazine is an incredible time-traveling experience: there are only three restaurants in Brooklyn listed, and one of them is Junior's.


At the time, I would have disagreed about the Lipstick Building and the AT & T building, and agreed about the other eight. And I still do today. And while this decade hasn't been as architecturally disastrous as the 60s and 70s, the General Motors building seems to be the template of alot (not all) of the major projects today.

I think the only building in that list to not be around is the World Trade Center. The Twin Towers were a good addition to the skyline, but I worked at the World Trade Center and up close it was a very cold and alienating site. I'm upset about the way they were demolished, but not that they are gone. And I'd be fine if the other buildings on that list were demolished, removing the people and businesses from them first.

Alex in NYC

Well, the Department of Cultural Affairs building on Columbus Circle is basically gone..... or at least as it was.


The Pan Am building, or whatever they're calling it these days, is one of my favorite buildings.

It is true people really hated the Twin Towers. When I saw the movie "Deep Impact" in the theater (1998), some people laughed and cheered for the scene when the tidal wave destroyed the Twin Towers. I think there's a kind of cultural amnesia now about how unpopular they were.


I like the simplicity of this post. There are buildings in every city; just like trade show displays at every show that everyone loves to hate.

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