Month :

Jan ,2017

From The New York Times:
Love and Black Lives, in Pictures Found on a Brooklyn Street
A discarded photo album reveals a rich history of black lives, from the
segregated South to Harlem dance halls to a pretty block in Crown Heights.
JAN. 27, 2017

One night six years ago, on a quiet side street in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, I came across a photo album that had been put out with the trash. I lived around the corner, and I was walking home when I saw it sitting beneath a streetlamp on Lincoln Place.
It looked handmade, with a wooden cover bound with a shoelace. But it had been tied up with twine, like a bunch of old newspapers, and left atop a pile of recycling.
After hesitating a moment, I picked it up and took it home.
The pages were fragile, and they cracked when I turned them, as if the album hadn’t been opened in a long time, but the photos were perfectly preserved. They seemed to chronicle the life of a black couple at midcentury: a beautiful woman with a big smile and a man who looked serious, or was maybe just camera-shy, and had served in World War II.
As I turned the pages, the scenery changed from country picnics to city streets and crowded dance halls in what appeared to be Harlem, and the couple went from youth to middle age. Looking at the album, I was struck by how joyful the photos were — and by the fact that as fabled as this era was, I had never seen a black family’s own account of that time.
I wondered who these neighbors were, and who had thrown the album out.
For decades, this part of Crown Heights had been mostly black. When I arrived in the neighborhood, several years before, I was one of the few nonblack residents on the block. The neighborhood was changing, though; newcomers were arriving and longtime residents were moving out.
I went back to Lincoln Place, hoping to find the album’s owner; it had surely been thrown out by mistake. Lincoln Place was the very image of old Brooklyn promoted by real estate agents. On other blocks, the houses were carved up or crumbling. Or they had been torn down and replaced by big buildings with spotlights and no-loitering signs. But on Lincoln Place, the stately rowhouses were still intact and well loved. The block was preserved in amber.
I knocked on doors and left my number, but I never heard from anyone. So I put the album on my bookshelf. A few years later, my landlords got an offer they couldn’t refuse, and my short time in Crown Heights was up. I stumbled upon the album while packing and pulled it off the shelf. Now I really had to reckon with it.
Gentrification was transforming the neighborhood — soon there might be no one left who recognized the world in these pictures. And the album was literally falling apart in my hands.…

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from The New York Times:
Sy Kattelson’s View of Postwar Street Life in New York
By JOHN LELAND JAN. 27, 2017
Sy Kattelson started taking photographs before World War II, using a camera so big and unwieldy it took two people to operate. His subjects were models for catalogs or magazines, and his images were often used as source material for illustrations. When Mr. Kattelson, who will turn 94 next month, returned from the war, it was with a more portable camera and a sharper eye. He joined the left-leaning Photo League and began documenting the street life of lower-middle-class New Yorkers.
“Most people doing that type of work were doing poverty-stricken people, like on the Lower East Side,” said Mr. Kattelson, who grew up in the Bronx and Queens, the son of an electrician and a shop owner. “I started to think, ‘What about people like me, who were not in poverty?’ So I tried to show people what they were living like.” Often overshadowed by better-known members of the Photo League, such as Sid Grossman or Lisette Model, Mr. Kattelson continued to evolve after the League dissolved in 1951, under suspicion of being a Communist organization. “I didn’t want to keep making the same pictures all over again,” he said from his home in Saugerties in the Hudson Valley. By the 1980s, he said, “I got interested in double exposures and putting pictures together” in collages. He added, “I wanted to get more information in pictures.”
Those later works are on exhibit for the first time at the Howard Greenberg Gallery in Manhattan, along with older images, in his first solo exhibition in nearly 20 years. “I remember people arguing about whether photography was a serious art form,” he said. “The Photo League talked about it the way I thought about it, as a serious art form showing ordinary people’s lives.” The group’s political leanings, he said, were never his concern. “I was just trying to show the world what it was.”

A version of this article appears in print on January 29, 2017, on Page MB8 of the New York edition with the headline: Ordinary People.…

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Friday, February 3rd, 1pm – 8pm
Saturday, February 4th, 11am – 6pm

Manhattan Vintage Clothing Show is New York City’s premier vintage clothing shopping event. An extraordinary vintage selection, from 70 top vintage clothing dealers, highlight this two day shopping extravaganza that draws designers, stylists, celebrities and the fashion-smart world wide!

Come shop the collection that 100 years of fashion design built.

#findyourownstyle @thevintageshow

located at
125 West 18th Street (Between 6th & 7th) New York, NY 10011

Subway at 18th Street & 7th Ave – 1 Train

Buy tickets now & save $5 off admission!

Or print out this VIP invitation and bring with you to save $5 off the regular admission price of $15 at the door.

Buy Discount Tickets Here!

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from kenneth in the (212): Chelsea Institution East of Eighth Abruptly Goes Out Of Business

Just as I was breathing a sigh of relief that Elmo was in fact just closed for renovations comes word that another longtime “gay” eatery in Chelsea, East of Eighth, has abruptly closed, with its owner citing Republican talking points as the reason.

DNAinfo reports:

In an email, restaurant owner David Feldman said East of Eighth “could not keep up wit [sic] the higher wages and overtime regulations.”

“The staff was unwilling to cooperate with the recently enforced regulations,” he wrote. “Business was great but couldn’t withstand the challenges of operating a single unit restaurant.” Employees speculated that Feldman was planning to file for bankruptcy, but he didn’t address that in his email.

East of Eighth was known for the photos of drag performers that lined its walls, along with drawings of patrons and employees, Warren said. Several works of art created by drag performer Hedda Lettuce were on permanent display at the restaurant, according to her website. An employee of Feldman’s catering company (Benjamin Catering), which he simultaneously shut down, said the restaurant had been around for more than two decades. “It’s very unfortunate — it’s definitely going to be missed,” she said. “It was a neighborhood gem, essentially.”

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Hosted by The Bronx County Historical Society 3313 Bainbridge Ave, Bronx, NY 10467-2835

Join Bronx authors Robert Gumbs and Fordham University’s Professor Mark Naison as they present their book Before the Fires: An Oral History of African American Life in the Bronx from the 1930s to the 1960s, along with the research that was done during the process. The authors will have copies of their book for sale and signing and there is a maximum capacity for up to 40 people. First come, first served.

This lecture will be held at The Bronx County Archives located at 3313 Bainbridge Avenue, The Bronx, New York 10467. For directions, call (718) 881-8900.…

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On Friday, 1/27 at 7, wear your favorite fedora or your slinkiest sheath and join our gregarious host Marty Albucher (owner/proprietor of Electric Hair, 100 Stuyvesant Pl.) for a fun evening of noir in the neighborhood, inspired by Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon” including live jazz by composer/guitarist Nick Semenykhin. Reservations are essential due to limited space!  Please RSVP by 1/26 to

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from a facebook posting by Virginia N. Sherry:

“Got word today that my proposed multimedia project — “Walk Back into History: 4 Centuries of Staten Island’s Architectural Treasures” — received one of the 2017 Premier Grants from Staten Island Arts. (These grants are funded by the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.)

Thrilled– will begin the work next month!

Wow! Thanks for the feedback!”

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From a facebook posting by Michael Cala:
“I’m very pleased, as a first-time applicant, to announce that I was just awarded a sizable grant from Staten Island Arts to mount an exhibition of my vintage Coney Island photographs (1970-1980). The exhibition will hopefully take place some time in mid-2017. Got some great people on board to help with printing and mounting. And the initial exhibit will be held at the Garibaldi-Meucci Museum.” …

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Secret Speakeasy
One of My Favorite Things…and Yours!
Party in Soho
Sun Jan 22nd 2016
6pm – 10pm

A perfect date night or come meet someone new!
There will be refreshments

The Museum of Interesting Things
takes over a Soho loft for a special
Pick your piece themed party for the Museum.
16mm short movie fest & party!
Drinks, music & beautiful visuals!

Go on our website, see an item
email me
And I Will try to Bring It For You!
It is my B-day week so come enjoy!

and other artists who left us 2016:
Hear Bowie and more on vintage vinyl,

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

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

The Museum has a show featuring
Original Rare short 16mm films from the
1940’s, 1950’s and 1960’s
and you get to pick the films allll night!

and many more 16mm as well as a few 8mm films too!
Early 1900’s and some 1800’s
Stereoviews and Mutoscope cards!

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

The Loft at Prince Street
177 Prince str NYC NY 10012
6th floor penthouse with rooftop garden
$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
I f you have special needs and require seating

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 😉…

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