I first moved to New York in 2006, and it was exciting enough to live in that great Metropolis even then. But the long termers often referred to how different the city was from it’s gritty, dirty, crime-ridden, erm, glory days back in the 1980s. Steven Siegel knows it. His documentary photos from that era cast a New York that was overrun with graffiti, litter, and interesting people, a long way removed from the more sanitised version of the city most of us experience these days.
Charles W. Cushman was an amateur photographer who was equally fond of traveling throughout the United States and abroad. Fortunately, he left his impressive collection of Kodachrome color slides to his alma mater Indiana University. These colorful and candid street scenes give an intimate look into the good old days of New York City.
As a five year resident of New York, I often wonder about the changing face of the city and how much of the character has been stripped away. This atmospheric series of photos from the How To Be A Retronaut website have me pining for a less sanitised New York, when the old school charms and sensibilities were still intact. Remarkably, over the ‘eight years it took James and Karla Murray to complete this project, one third of the stores they featured have closed’. Sad.