June 11, 2014

There is a gold-dispensing ATM on W 57 Street. Via ScoutingNY.com:

Run by Stack’s Bowers Galleries, the collectible coin retailer/auctioneer, the ATM (currency exchange vending machine?) allows you to insert your debit card and buy gold bars in 1 oz ($1,327), 10g ($490), or 5g ($255) on the spot, along with several gold and silver coins. Prices are updated every 60 seconds based on the market.

Read the rest of the post at ScoutingNY.com


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December 5, 2013

Eighty years ago today, Prohibition ended. Time Inc. commemorates the occasion by revisiting its photos of speakeasies in the 1930s. The photos are a little more restrained and genteel than what I imagined speakeasies would be…they kind of look like modern day New York Sunday brunch, except with dressed-up people.

I love the originally-published intro to the photo essay (the photos were shot by Margaret Bourke-White), which describes why New York is way better than San Francisco and Chicago:

The speakeasy [FORTUNE told its readers, betraying a fair bit of patrician hauteur] has flowered successfully only in New York. In San Francisco it is dull and obscure; in Chicago, tough and noisy; in the South almost nonexistent. In most cities, drinking, like eating, is done at home or in the country club. In New York alone has the speakeasy become the instrument of a civilized social life, something between a pre-prohibition restaurant and a coeducational club. There are, therfore, in New York, speakeasies for every taste and purse… . The pictures on these pages present a fair cross-section of the reputable ones. They are probably the first pictures ever taken of speakeasies in action. They may be the last: no one can prophesy the future of these curious by-prodcuts of the post-War age if and when prohibition is repealed. If they survive it will be as restaurants with bars; locked doors will no longer spice the drinks. It is for a future that will want to know how New Yorkers of the ’20s lived that FORTUNE presents this portfolio of Margarte Bourke-White’s pictures.

Read more: Prohibition: Scenes From the Speakeasies of New York in 1933 | LIFE.com

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Margaret Bourke-White— Caption from FORTUNE: "At luncheon half a dozen dogs feed amicably at their mistresses' side. This bar is chromium, rose and black."

Margaret Bourke-White—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

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July 22, 2013

Absolutely jaw-dropping photos of New York in the 1970s, courtesy of the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, and part of a photo essay compiled by The Atlantic’s Alan Taylor.


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July 21, 2013
The Times profiles Regina Massaro, a retired woman who spends her days roaming New York’s roughest industrial areas to care for junkyard dogs.

“When people ask me why I do it, I tell them, ‘Because you don’t do it,’” said Ms. Massaro. Read the full story here.

Photo by Dave Sanders for the New York Times.

The Times profiles Regina Massaro, a retired woman who spends her days roaming New York’s roughest industrial areas to care for junkyard dogs.

“When people ask me why I do it, I tell them, ‘Because you don’t do it,’” said Ms. Massaro. Read the full story here.

Photo by Dave Sanders for the New York Times.

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July 17, 2013
miss-fotos:

Retrato de Decosta, el hombre del traje smoking (Nueva York) on Flickr.Via Flickr:
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Blog: miss-fotos.tumblr.com/
With this street portrait of Mr. Decosta, a business man I met today in midtown, I’m entering unknown territory. This is pure experimentation and Decosta is my first subject of a series of portraits in B&W. I am exited to see where this new direction takes me. I hope the project goes well!
Here I’m using an iPhone 5 with the Tinto lens that comes in one of the packs gear.hipstamatic.com/lenses/tt It’s heavy processing, but with the right subject I think it gives unique results.
Here is a little bit more info on the technique which mimics Wet Plate Collodion of the 1850s  www.wetplateday.org/ and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collodion_process

miss-fotos:

Retrato de Decosta, el hombre del traje smoking (Nueva York) on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Press L to view large
Blog: miss-fotos.tumblr.com/

With this street portrait of Mr. Decosta, a business man I met today in midtown, I’m entering unknown territory. This is pure experimentation and Decosta is my first subject of a series of portraits in B&W. I am exited to see where this new direction takes me. I hope the project goes well!

Here I’m using an iPhone 5 with the Tinto lens that comes in one of the packs gear.hipstamatic.com/lenses/tt It’s heavy processing, but with the right subject I think it gives unique results.

Here is a little bit more info on the technique which mimics Wet Plate Collodion of the 1850s www.wetplateday.org/ and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collodion_process

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July 9, 2013

Collector’s Weekly has a great book review of Robin Nagle’s book, “Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City” — and some nice vintage-trash-strewn photos to accompany it.

Nagle tells Collector’s Weekly:

In its early days, the [sanitation] department didn’t really function at all. There are some photographs taken for Harper’s Weekly, before and after photos of street corners in New York in 1893 and then in 1895. And the before pictures are pretty astonishing, people were literally shin-high or knee-high in this muck that was a combination of street gunk, horse urine and manure, dead animals, food waste, and furniture crap.


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July 2, 2013
miss-fotos:

Absorta en la lectura (Nueva York) on Flickr.Via Flickr:
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Absorta en la lectura (Nueva York) on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Press L to view large
Blog: miss-fotos.tumblr.com/

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May 16, 2013
The Times Tower, back before it became a gigantic stand for billboards. Via Lileks

The Times Tower, back before it became a gigantic stand for billboards. Via Lileks

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May 13, 2013

The Museum of the City of New York has released a ton of photos of the Manhattan Railway Company, which operated the city’s elevated railway lines at the turn of the 20th century. Squeee!

h/t @Gothamist


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April 25, 2013
The Woolsworth Building turned 100 yesterday

The Woolsworth Building turned 100 yesterday

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April 20, 2013
This photo of a power cleaning on 188 Suffolk St. in Manhattan is currently topping the pics subreddit. It was taken in 2007 by photographer Trevor Little.

This photo of a power cleaning on 188 Suffolk St. in Manhattan is currently topping the pics subreddit. It was taken in 2007 by photographer Trevor Little.

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March 28, 2013
miss-fotos:

Transeúntes (iPhone 5)

miss-fotos:

Transeúntes (iPhone 5)

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March 27, 2013
riverflowsthroughit:

Brighton recovered (post Sandy)
- Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NYC, March 2013

riverflowsthroughit:

Brighton recovered (post Sandy)

- Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, NYC, March 2013

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March 12, 2013
1899 - Fifth Avenue at night, looking north from 44th St. The artist is Charles W Jefferys, This illustration comes courtesy of the New York Public Library’s amazing digital archive.

1899 - Fifth Avenue at night, looking north from 44th St. The artist is Charles W Jefferys, This illustration comes courtesy of the New York Public Library’s amazing digital archive.

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March 7, 2013
Ernest Hemingway and model Jean Patchett, sitting on a sofa in Hemingway’s farmhouse in Cuba. Photo taken by Clifford Coffin, Nov. 15, 1950, for Vogue Magazine. I love this photo.

Coffin’s photo is in a book I picked up from the Strand the other night: Vogue: The Editor’s Eye. I’ve vowed not to buy any more (physical) books and I have enough photo books besides, but I liked the book’s focus on the influence of editors, though it doesn’t show much of the process. Mostly, there’s just a bunch of interesting photos, like Ernest Hemingway shirtless and petting a cat.

Ernest Hemingway and model Jean Patchett, sitting on a sofa in Hemingway’s farmhouse in Cuba. Photo taken by Clifford Coffin, Nov. 15, 1950, for Vogue Magazine. I love this photo.

Coffin’s photo is in a book I picked up from the Strand the other night: Vogue: The Editor’s Eye. I’ve vowed not to buy any more (physical) books and I have enough photo books besides, but I liked the book’s focus on the influence of editors, though it doesn’t show much of the process. Mostly, there’s just a bunch of interesting photos, like Ernest Hemingway shirtless and petting a cat.

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