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Fink on Warhol: New York Photographs of the 1960s

Fink on Warhol: New York Photographs of the 1960s

Until 30 April, fifteen black and white photographs illustrating the dialogue between the social and political fervour of New York of the ’60s and the artistic and nihilistic figure of Andy Warhol and exponents of the Factory will be on display. The photographs showing Andy Warhol and some of the top names from the Factory, including Lou Reed and the…
Vintage: Coney Island, New York by Stephen Salmieri (1960s)

Vintage: Coney Island, New York by Stephen Salmieri (1960s)

American photographer Stephen Salmieri was born in 1945 in Brooklyn, New York. Working in the tradition of many mid-twentieth-century independent photographers (such as Robert Frank and Lisette Model) who found Coney Island an inspiring subject, Salmieri spent the following six years documenting a decaying area, still full of life. Last summer there was still a limited stretch of concession stands…
Vintage: New York Street Scenes in the 1950s by Frank Oscar Larson

Vintage: New York Street Scenes in the 1950s by Frank Oscar Larson

Frank Oscar Larson was born in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in 1896, the son of Swedish immigrants who moved to New York in early 1890’s. At the turn of the century Greenpoint and the surrounding area was home to a sizable Swedish population , most of them recent arrivals who worked in the factories of what was then a heavily manufacturing area.…
Vintage: 1958 Blizzard in New York

Vintage: 1958 Blizzard in New York

After four days of snowfall, LIFE reported: “Traffic, business and mail had come to a standstill. Police were running milk to snowbound families. In the big digout that followed, the price of snow shovels skyrocketed and the mayor took to dog sled and team to get around town.” The magazine dispatched photographer Carl Mydans to capture the scene.
Vintage: Pushcart Markets in New York (Early 20th Century)

Vintage: Pushcart Markets in New York (Early 20th Century)

Pushcart vendors were initially not required to have a license to peddle their wares (“Pushcarts”). This quickly changed, however, and they were required to pay a small fee to ply their trade. The fee would change over the years, but one thing was certain, the license was never strictly enforced. Many pushcart vendors bribed the local police in order to…
Vintage: New York’s Bohemian Greenwich Village (1910s – 1920s)

Vintage: New York’s Bohemian Greenwich Village (1910s – 1920s)

Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870 – 1942) was an American photographer, the first published female photojournalist in the United States mostly known for her portraits of places such as Bohemian Greenwich Village. Greenwich Village became widely identified as America’s bohemia by the mid-1910s. The radicals who lived in Greenwich Village in the early 20th century rejected traditional structured socialization, preferring instead…
Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light

Bill Brandt: Shadow and Light

Bill Brandt was the preeminent British photographer of the twentieth century, a founding father of photography’s modernist tradition whose half-century-long career defies neat categorization. This publication presents the photographer’s entire oeuvre, with special emphasis on his investigation of English life in the 1930s and his innovative late nudes. The Museum of Modern Art has been exhibiting and collecting Brandt’s photographs…
Grand Central Terminal in New York City

Grand Central Terminal in New York City

Built by and named for the New York Central Railroad in the heyday of American long-distance passenger rail travel, it is the largest such facility in the world by number of platforms with 44 serving 67 tracks along them. They are on two levels, both below ground, with 41 tracks on the upper level and 26 on the lower, though…
New wave music at CBGB in New York in 1976-78

New wave music at CBGB in New York in 1976-78

CBGB was a music club opened in 1973 by Hilly Kristal at 315 Bowery, intersecting Bleecker Street, in the East Village. The letters CBGB were for country, bluegrass, and blues, Kristal’s original vision. Yet CBGB soon became a famed venue of punk rock and new wave bands like the Ramones, Television, Patti Smith Group, Blondie, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts,…
Vintage: City Life of New York City by Fred Stein (1940s)

Vintage: City Life of New York City by Fred Stein (1940s)

Fred Stein was born on July 3, 1909 in Dresden, Germany. As a teenager he was deeply interested in politics and became an early anti-Nazi activist. He was a brilliant student, and went to Leipzig University, full of humanist ideals, to study law. He obtained a law degree in an impressively short time, but was denied admission to the German…
New York City mid-air plane crash (Park Slope, Brooklyn, 1960)

New York City mid-air plane crash (Park Slope, Brooklyn, 1960)

On Friday, December 16, 1960, United Airlines Flight 826, a DC-8 bound for Idlewild Airport in New York City (now John F. Kennedy International Airport), collided with TWA Flight 266, a Super Constellation descending into LaGuardia Airport. One plane crashed on Staten Island and the other one into Park Slope, Brooklyn, killing all 128 people on both aircraft and 6…
Vintage images of Statue of Liberty under construction (1880s)

Vintage images of Statue of Liberty under construction (1880s)

The Statue of Liberty is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. The copper statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, and dedicated on October 28, 1886, was a gift to the United States from the people of France. The statue is of a robed female…
Fred Stein: IN EXILE: Paris and New York

Fred Stein: IN EXILE: Paris and New York

Fred Stein (1909-1967) was born in Dresden, Germany, the son of a rabbi. As a teenager he was deeply interested in politics and became an early anti-Nazi activist. He was a brilliant student, and went to Leipzig University, full of humanist ideals, to study law. He obtained a law degree in an impressively short time, but was denied admission to…
Vintage: Constructing of the Empire State Building (1929 – 1931)

Vintage: Constructing of the Empire State Building (1929 – 1931)

The Empire State Building was designed by William F. Lamb from the architectural firm Shreve, Lamb and Harmon, which produced the building drawings in just two weeks, using its earlier designs for the Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and the Carew Tower in Cincinnati, Ohio (designed by the architectural firm W. W. Ahlschlager & Associates) as a basis. Every…
Vintage: The Great Blizzard of 1888

Vintage: The Great Blizzard of 1888

The Great Blizzard of 1888 was one of the most severe recorded blizzards in the history of the United States of America. The storm began in earnest shortly after midnight on March 12, and continued unabated for a full day and a half. The National Weather Service estimated this Nor’easter dumped as much as 50 inches (130 cm) of snow…
Vintage images of Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York

Vintage images of Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in New York

The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a large Christmas tree placed annually in Rockefeller Center in mid-town Manhattan in New York City. The tree is erected in early to mid November and lit in late November or early December. In recent years, the lighting has been broadcast live nationwide on NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center show and scheduled for the…
Vintage: Manhattan Bridge Under Construction (New York, 1903-1909)

Vintage: Manhattan Bridge Under Construction (New York, 1903-1909)

The Manhattan Bridge was the last of the three suspension bridges built across the lower East River, following the Brooklyn and Williamsburg bridges. It has four vehicle lanes on the upper level, split between two roadways. The lower level has three lanes, four subway tracks, a walkway and a bikeway. The upper level, originally used for streetcars, has two lanes…