from The New York Times:

World-Class Photojournalism, at Home in the South Bronx


When Eugene Richards opens his next exhibit, it will not be at a Chelsea gallery or a major Midtown museum. It will be at a location that he much prefers: the Bronx Documentary Center.

It is a fitting location for an exhibition of images of poverty in America from the 1980s. If the show were in downtown Manhattan, he said, the audience “might not be that interested and see it as ‘urban archaeology’,” he said. But at the B.D.C., poverty is not an abstract concept, since it is in Melrose, a South Bronx neighborhood that has been among the country’s poorest urban communities.

“The audience in the Bronx will come in and have a different read to the pictures and many will have a closer relation to them,” Mr. Richards, 72, said.

His exhibit, “Below the Line: Living Poor in America by Eugene Richards,” (slides 1 – 4) on view Oct. 1st through Nov. 6th, marks the fifth anniversary of the B.D.C., an unlikely institution that combines exhibitions of famous and emerging photographers, film screenings, community-based educational programs and free photography workshops intended to create the next generation of documentarians from diverse racial, ethnic and economic backgrounds.

Mr. Richards may be one of the best-known photographers, but he is a fairly solitary figure who is not a member of a collective, or a photo agency. He tends to keep to himself and his family when he is not exhibiting his long-term projects or teaching workshops.

But the B.D.C., where he often speaks with students, is where he finds a much-needed sense of community that reflects the city’s diversity.

“It’s the total opposite of the usual photographic experience,” he said. “It’s like getting into a room full of friends. It’s important to me because it’s the only place I can go in New York that is diverse and where we’re all there to talk about photography and issues. It feels like a homecoming.”

The B.D.C. was born out of long conversations between two close friends, Michael Kamber and Tim Hetherington, both of whom were experienced conflict photographers. They yearned to create a space that would feature the kind of serious, long-term, issue-oriented photography that was anathema to galleries in SoHo and Chelsea, while also educating new visual storytellers.

Mr. Kamber saved money from his many years of covering the Iraq war for The New York Times and purchased a renovated 19th century landmark brick building on 151st Street and Courtlandt Avenue in the Bronx in 2010. Mr. Hetherington, who was also an Oscar-nominated filmmaker, was killed while photographing in Libya four months later.

Mr. Kamber was devastated, but continued to work on the B.D.C., maxing out five credit cards to buy supplies as he and a group of volunteers laid down floors, built walls and installed wiring. Danielle Jackson, who had been in charge of exhibitions at Magnum Photos in New York, helped found the B.D.C.

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Thursday, September 22, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Program Locations:

Fully accessible to wheelchairs
First come, first served

 This illustrated lecture explores the transition of the district from industrial space to artists’ enclave to affluent residential area, focusing on the legacy of urban renewal in and around SoHo and the growth of artist-led redevelopment.

Events at The New York Public Library may be photographed or recorded. By attending these events, you consent to the use of your image and voice by the Library for all purposes.

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From “What To Catch At The New York Public Library This Fall

At The Schomburg Center…”When Sugar Hill Was Sweet (September 22), a look at some of the women of Upper Manhattan’s past who have been outshined by their famous husbands, including Shirley Graham DuBois and Eslanda Goode Robeson.”…

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Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 p.m.
Illustrated Lecture: Edith Wharton and the Food and Dining of Old New York
Descended from the city’s oldest Dutch and English families, Edith Wharton had intimate knowledge of the fading social customs of the early 19th century, Old New York, which she skillfully captured in numerous novels, stories, and her unforgettable characters. Her narrative details, of fashion, décor, etiquette – and food – are telling of the period and, more importantly, the social world of her characters. Using examples from Wharton’s fiction and non-fiction, combined with details of culinary history, food historian and professionally trained chef Carl Raymond will present a unique portrait of food and dining in 1840s to 1860s New York told through the lens of one of America’s greatest writers. Reception follows the lecture.
$25, Members $15. Click here for tickets.

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From “What To Catch At The New York Public Library This Fall“:

“For more information on New York City and its specific history, head to the Mid-Manhattan library for events on such wide-ranging New York topics as Soho’s gentrification (September 22), New York in the Gilded Age (November 7), Ground Zero and the Remaking of Lower Manhattan (November 8), and a celebration of subway buskers (November 14). To learn more about what makes New York City (and other cities around the world) so essential, the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building will host the lecture What Makes a Great City? on September 21. On November 2, the Schwarzman Building will also host The Well-Tempered City, a discussion on how cities can adapt to the problems of the future, including climate change, income inequality, and migration.”


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Friday, September 16 at 6:00 PM8:00 PM in EDT
Hosted by Howl Happening
  • 6 E 1st St, New York, New York 10003
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    Opening ReceptionFriday, September 16 – Sunday, October 9, 2016

    Howl! Happening: An Arturo Vega Project is pleased to shine a light on another important source of East Village social and cultural history: The East Village Eye. A monthly magazine published from 1979 through 1987, The East Village Eye focused on popular and avant-garde culture, politics and other issues relevant to the East Village and environs. Self-styled as “a community in print,” the magazine is noted for its groundbreaking coverage of the emerging punk, new wave and hip hop music scenes of the time, as well as the influential art, literature, film and performance worlds of the era.

    The East Village Eye Show will feature covers, centerfolds, interior pages, ephemera and photographic prints, as well as key artwork from the era. The show draws from the nearly 4,000 pages, 3,000 photographs, sets of original copies and attendant materials that constitute The East Village Eye Archive, dubbed “the King Tut’s tomb of downtown New York.”

    Artist and Colab co-founder Christof Kohlhofer was the first art director of the Eye. Kohlhofer, who studied with Joseph Beuys, introduced Abrams to the influential artists who were a part of the flourishing EV art scene. “I credit Christof with steering the Eye towards art, but also for injecting a Beuys-like approach. Basically doing whatever was necessary at the time,” says Abrams in the 2014 Hyperallergic article The East Village Eye: Where Art, Hip Hop, and Punk Collided.

    As a result, the magazine featured art world luminaries including David Wojnarowicz, Richard Hell, Cookie Mueller, Lucy Lippard, and Rene Ricard. The magazine’s covers read like a who’s who of cultural influencers like Patti Astor, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Vito Acconci; emerging artists such as Sue Coe, Barbara Kruger and Kiki Smith; as well as musicians like Patti Smith, Run DMC, Annie Lennox, and the Beastie Boys.

    Richard Hell explained how he and other New Yorkers, and not English kids, “invented” punk; Cookie Mueller dished out bold and often hilarious health advice; Glenn O’Brien, the leading avant-pop writer and media figure, expounded on the New York Yankees; and the aforementioned David Wojnarowicz wrote about his harrowing past and present as a street hustler and later as an artist living with HIV.

    Creative collaboration was the hallmark of the magazine’s legacy. “The mix of fashion, music, art, politics, comics etc., the way it was presented by the Eye, the constant changing impact through all those different people who worked on the paper, and Leonard’s attitude not to interfere with that, made it a very lively subject,” says Kohlhofer in the Hyperallergic article.

    Over a period of eight years, the magazine chronicled the spectacular rise and eventual implosion of the East Village art scene. The Eye’s coverage of the arts and music scenes helped illuminate the psychosocial conflicts running through EV/LES culture, NYC, and beyond.

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Book Launch party at Moscot Gallery & Music Space

FREE! Store Front II slideshow, dim sum generously provided by Nom Wah Tea Parlor, and wine at The MOSCOT Gallery & Music Space this Wednesday September 14, 2016
7:00 – 9:00 pm!

The MOSCOT Gallery & Music Space
108 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002
For more information, call (212) 477-3796

The evening will feature Store Front II photography, with a focus on the Lower East Side, and a Q&A session, followed by a book signing and reception.

MOSCOT is one of the many LES businesses featured in STORE FRONT II: A History Preserved. Nom Wah Tea Parlor is featured in our books STORE FRONT: The Disappearing Face of New York & NEW YORK NIGHTS.

James & Karla Murray Photography have produced a number of books containing photographic documentation of many shops and restaurants which became bygone within a few years after having their pictures taken.

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Where were you on September 11th, 2001?

New York Adventure Club would like to encourage a casual, open dialog around your stories, experiences, and reflections from the events that unfolded on 9/11 exactly 15 years ago. Participation is encouraged, but not required. No charge, but there is registration. Ticketing through

Attendees are encouraged to bring a picnic blanket as we’ll be sitting on the lawn.

*In case of inclement weather, new location will be determined

Washington Market Park – Chambers Street, New York, NY 10007 – View Map

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Secret Speakeasy
Prohibition theme!
16mm Short Films, Antiques & Music!
in Soho

Sun Sept 18th
6pm – 10pm

See 16mm vintage short films
Hear original vinyl records
Enjoy actual antiques you can handle and get demonstrated!
Drink and enjoy refreshments!

There will be “nurses” and “doctors” since alcohol is prohibited…unless you have an ailment and require a prescription from the early 1900’s. Choose your ailment
headache, rheumatism, bedwetting or hysteria!

In the spirit of a true Speakeasy
Anything can change so…
Please check this website before leaving.

The Museum of Interesting Things
takes over a Soho loft for a special

16mm movie & music fest & party!

Drinks, music & beautiful visuals!

We will bring items from our vast collection of photography / film / prohibition & music items

All eras of history some over 100 years old!
See Old 16mm circus, animations, vaudeville and more

The Museum has a show featuring
Rare 16mm short films from the
1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s

and you get to pick the films allll night!

Early 1900’s and some 1800’s
Stereoviews and Mutoscope cards!

To join the email list for Events/Monthly Speakeasy and
New Items click here and let us know

The Loft at Prince Street 177 Prince Street
3rd Floor $10 to help the museum :)
Between Thompson & Sullivan street
in Soho NYC 212 274 8757

Advance tickets


This is a loungie place….so please let us know
If you have special needs and require seating.

There may be an acoustic performance by
denny daniel of Sofia Run

You are part of a select few receiving this website.
Please only spread to people you know and love!
Yes, the rumors are true, we are shooting part of
a pilot for a possible show at the gig. smile 😉
and we will have free ORIGIN magazines there for the early birds thanks to DJ Spooky

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Ticketing through The New York Adventure Club/BigMaven:

Join New York Adventure Club for a special presentation, reception, and live ghost hunting demonstration with paranormal investigators Douglas McMillan and Bess Catherine, both of who have dedicated years to studying paranormal activity with a focus on scientific methodology.

Our experience, which will take place in a haunted Gilded Age Colonnade Row apartment in Astor Place, will include:

  • A crash course on what a paranormal investigator does, and what they expect to encounter
  • An emphasis on the dangers of ghost hunting
  • An overview of the tools and equipment used on ghost hunts
  • The proper method of executing a ghost hunt
  • A live paranormal investigation demonstration proceeding the general discussion
  • How to review evidence and present findings using a scientific approach

“Mrs. Astor’s Gilded Age” Roman punch and snacks will be served throughout the evening.


About Doug McMillan

New York City native and U.S. Air Force veteran Douglas McMillan is the founder of the Bronx Paranormal Society, an organization dedicated to the scientific study of paranormal activity. Doug has performed paranormal investigations on three different continents over the past decade, and regularly gives lectures on the latest methods and techniques for aspiring ghost hunters and curious individuals alike.


Date: Mon, September 12
Time: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Cost: $35.00 – $39.00
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