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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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July 18, 2018



I don't have anything against changes to the already crowded skyline of Manhattan: 9/11 permanently altered the one I used to see on my occasional ride on the Staten Island ferry. What really disturbs me is how casually the NYCurbed article reports on $2 million condos, as if that's not a big deal anymore. I recently gave up my three-bedroom apartment in Long Island City so my daughter and son-in-law had a decent place to raise two kids---and son-in-law works in finance, where in theory his salary should enable him to afford an apartment big enough for a family of four. (It doesn't; my daughter and him fought for a year over whether to move to Tarrytown or some other family-friendly exurb before I decided it was dumb for my empty-nester self to hang on to space I didn't need anymore.) But it's ridiculous that someone making over $100K a year can't afford to live in lower Manhattan now. My first apartment in the late 70s West Village was crap, but I could actually afford the rent all on my own while working as an editorial assistant at an allegedly counterculture publication. Some kid working in the same position now would be sharing a closet with two roommates, and Apartment Therapy would run a feature on how they transformed it into an adorably intimate and cozy space. With houseplants.

Moreover, it infuriates me that this is going on with a supposedly progressive Democrat in the Mayor's office and a not-so-progressive Democrat in the Governor's. We can blame Trump and his real estate cronies for turning a mostly inhabitable, people-oriented city into a playground for millionaires and technocrats, but De Blasio's administration has been turgid at best in addressing the crummy public housing and lack of affordable homes for middle income families. AND WE WERE FUCKING TALKING ABOUT THIS BACK IN THE 80S AND 90S. Are they waiting for us to hang all the real estate investors from the lampposts? If only I should live so long.

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