Mostly vintage (up through 1980s) New York.

18th April 2014

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Growing up in the Lower East Side in the 1950s

"Walking to school each day, I passed the Italian butcher shop, carcasses hanging in the window, and the fish monger, the dead bodies of fish, heads and tails intact staring up at me from their bed of ice … The Italian grocer on the corner, narrow and dark, redolent of those smells only an Italian grocery has: Parmesan cheese, olives, prosciutto and more …"

" … the bodega where the Puerto Rican owner spoke no English and I stood with a nickel or dime in my grimy hand working hard to choose penny-candy from the glass case … Dots (those pastel half-circles of sugar pasted on a long strip of white paper), Smarties, miniature wax Coke bottles filled with dark syrup, red wax lips, candy cigarettes, Necco Wafers …"

"The Italian ice place next-door [sold] lemon ices, smooth and tart, … served in a pleated paper cup. You’d squish it to get the ices to come up where they could be licked…"

Dammit, Billie Frank, you have my childhood and I want it back.

Growing up in the Lower East Side in the 1950s

"Walking to school each day, I passed the Italian butcher shop, carcasses hanging in the window, and the fish monger, the dead bodies of fish, heads and tails intact staring up at me from their bed of ice … The Italian grocer on the corner, narrow and dark, redolent of those smells only an Italian grocery has: Parmesan cheese, olives, prosciutto and more …"

" … the bodega where the Puerto Rican owner spoke no English and I stood with a nickel or dime in my grimy hand working hard to choose penny-candy from the glass case … Dots (those pastel half-circles of sugar pasted on a long strip of white paper), Smarties, miniature wax Coke bottles filled with dark syrup, red wax lips, candy cigarettes, Necco Wafers …"

"The Italian ice place next-door [sold] lemon ices, smooth and tart, … served in a pleated paper cup. You’d squish it to get the ices to come up where they could be licked…"

Dammit, Billie Frank, you have my childhood and I want it back.

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22nd August 2013

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Harlem 1962, by Bruce Davidson

Harlem 1962, by Bruce Davidson

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22nd June 2013

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William Castle (producer), Mia Farrow (lead actress), Robert Evans (producer) on location in New York City for Rosemary’s Baby source)

William Castle (producer), Mia Farrow (lead actress), Robert Evans (producer) on location in New York City for Rosemary’s Baby source)

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18th June 2013

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The Dakota, the luxury apartment complex where Rosemary’s Baby (1968) was filmed. (source)

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31st May 2013

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Tompkins Square Park, Memorial Day 1967 (source)

A group of young men and women – some of them professional musicians with a performance permit issued by the City of New York – were first illegally rousted, then attacked by NYPD riot cops for the “crime” of making music in Tompkins Square Park, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

Tompkins Square Park, Memorial Day 1967 (source)

A group of young men and women – some of them professional musicians with a performance permit issued by the City of New York – were first illegally rousted, then attacked by NYPD riot cops for the “crime” of making music in Tompkins Square Park, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

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9th May 2013

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Amos Stoltzfus, in a Mennonite commune in lower Manhattan, 1969 (source)

Amos Stoltzfus, in a Mennonite commune in lower Manhattan, 1969 (source)

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7th May 2013

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"Amish druid" Hunce Voelker (source) in Manhattan, late 1960s

"Amish druid" Hunce Voelker (source) in Manhattan, late 1960s

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28th April 2013

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Opening of The Electric Circus (source)

Inside, people danced, sweated, pushed and blinked. The few Linear Conceptualizers quit immediately. There was the Poet of Pop, Tom Wolfe, and the Fugs’s Tuli Kupferberg, and novelist Mary McCarthy, and Kennedy-in-law Steve Smith, and folk-singer David Blue, and halfback George Plimpton. It looked like the cover of the next Beatles’ album. The New Frontier met the Underground, while the Beautiful People kept score.

Opening of The Electric Circus (source)

Inside, people danced, sweated, pushed and blinked. The few Linear Conceptualizers quit immediately. There was the Poet of Pop, Tom Wolfe, and the Fugs’s Tuli Kupferberg, and novelist Mary McCarthy, and Kennedy-in-law Steve Smith, and folk-singer David Blue, and halfback George Plimpton. It looked like the cover of the next Beatles’ album. The New Frontier met the Underground, while the Beautiful People kept score.

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27th April 2013

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Tompkins Sq Park, June 1, 1967 (source)

Tompkins Sq Park, June 1, 1967 (source)

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25th April 2013

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Tompkins Sq Park, Memorial Day 1967 (source)

Tompkins Sq Park, Memorial Day 1967 (source)

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