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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, 2016


David George

This is way beyond garden-variety depressing. Maybe I am out of touch, but given all the economic pressures facing most people in NY, does anyone actually shop in places like "Scotch & Soda"? Whenever I read about cherished places like this going down for the count it occurs to me that I would NEVER shop in the replacements. That goes for high-end clothing, fro-yo, and those fucking cupcakes that seem to be everywhere. Who buys this shit? Do they really buy $27K or $40K a month's worth?


I was reading some comments yesterday with the usual blame going to downloading, Spotify and that kind of thing. Make up whatever socio-economic theory you like, at the end of the day this is about inflated rent and inflated rent only. In other major cities in this country there are physically HUGE independently owned record stores, places that take up a lot of square footage and they are alive and doing very well. I know because I visit them. That can't happen here anymore. Anyway...I'm getting sick of watching the slow and systematic dismantling of the true culture of New York City. Yeah I said 'true'. This town has a long history of independent and critical thinking. That kind of mindset can't survive in a place that fosters extravagant mediocrity. I've lived here for 30 years and I'm planning on leaving at the first opportunity.

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