Mostly vintage (up through 1980s) New York.

18th April 2014

Photo with 135 notes

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.

Tagged: new york cityold new york1950smanhattanlower east side

24th December 2013

Photo with 220 notes

Newsweek article, October 30 1967, via hippiesstolemyblog

Newsweek article, October 30 1967, via hippiesstolemyblog

Tagged: new york cityhippiesmanhattan1960s

30th November 2013

Photoset with 132 notes

Top: Construction on Lower Manhattan’s West Side, just north of the World Trade Center, May 1973 
Bottom: One of several highrise apartments whose construction was stopped by city ordinance to preserve Breezy Point Peninsula in Queens, New York, for public recreational use, May 1973.

(source)

Tagged: new york citymanhattanqueens1970svintage new york

22nd August 2013

Photo with 257 notes

Harlem 1962, by Bruce Davidson

Harlem 1962, by Bruce Davidson

Tagged: 1960snew york citybruce davidsonharlemmanhattan

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)

Tagged: mia farrow1960srosemary's babynew york citymanhattan

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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8th June 2013

Photo reblogged from Bygone Americana with 163 notes

bygoneamericana:

Three girls, East 100th Street. New York, circa 1966-68.
By Bruce Davidson

bygoneamericana:

Three girls, East 100th Street. New York, circa 1966-68.

By Bruce Davidson

Tagged: 1960snew york cityharlemmanhattan

2nd June 2013

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Tompkins Square Park arrests, Memorial Day 1967.

Loren Bliss (photographer) writes: Alas the incident has been disappeared down the Orwell hole: as I discovered when I returned to the City during the ’80s, the EVO extra has been carefully snipped from the New York City Public Library’s microfiche file – which means the censorship was official, imposed by a librarian acting on Ruling Class orders … this work survived only because I had the prints with me in my portfolio case. Tompkins Square Park arrests, Memorial Day 1967. Loren Bliss (photographer) writes:

Alas the incident has been disappeared down the Orwell hole: as I discovered when I returned to the City during the ’80s, the EVO extra has been carefully snipped from the New York City Public Library’s microfiche file – which means the censorship was official, imposed by a librarian acting on Ruling Class orders … this work survived only because I had the prints with me in my portfolio case.

Tagged: tompkins square parkprotesthippiesnew york citymanhattan

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.

Tagged: tompkins square parkmanhattanprotestnew york cityhippies

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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