Thursday, May 28, 2015

Halloween 1993 - West Village "after parade street party" - Repost --

The best part of the Halloween parade in NY is always the wild street party that takes place afterwards in the streets of Greenwich Village. In 1993, people went crazy until the morning hours...That night, I had the chance to shoot a couple of rolls of black and white film while having fun...

Please also see: 

Wigstock 1993 at Tompkins Square Park 

Wigstock 1992

Gay Pride 1993 and 1997

Friday, May 8, 2015


The 42nd street area will never be the same...Some of its amazing theaters (think Selwyn, Lyric or Empire, Ziegfeld follies, Houdini shows, etc.) were brutaly destroyed to make room for a "family friendly" environment. Giuliani's clean up time had come and all of this old NY had to go.
Only the Amsterdam Theater still stands largely transformed by Disney (as well as a a few theather fronts that were miraculously saved and rebuilt(or partialy moved). Some of the photos featured here were taken a few months before all the theaters went the city had commisioned artist Jenny Holzer to display messages on the old time canopes.
You will also find here various images the "Deuce", 8th avenue and Times square, all were taken between 1993 and 1998. The strip shows and peep shows, the porn theaters (Show World, Peep Land, The Playpen, etc.) before they were gone and as destruction had just started. As well as the fisrt signs of the total transformation of this great New York area.
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North east corner of 8th avenue and 42nd street
The remains of The Nugget. Just before total destruction.
Show World and its Big Top Lounge
Here and below, the 42nd street theater fronts
The Selwyn Theater
The Empire Theater
The Liberty Theater
The Lyric Theater
The Amsterdam Theater
Victory Theater
North east corner of 8th avenue and 42nd street...again
And after the destruction...
A new era has begun. Cranes and construction everywhere.
8th avenue is dead. All the porn shops have closed.
Mc Hales - An institution...
Show World, still in activity with its infamous "triple treat" theater !
Empty Times Square ! (During a simulation of terrorist attack - 1990's -)
The Smiths Bar on 8th avenue...A must for a real Times Square late night experience at the time !
The Playpen (Ideal Theater)
A couple of views of the old Hot Dog and soda fountain shop on the 42nd street strip
8th. ave and 42nd more time, later on...with a giant ad for the Godzilla movie.

Please also see:

Night and the City 

Meat Market (Meat packing District) 1990's

Signs and Storefronts - Part 1 -