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Avenue A, New York City :: March 1967
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posted January 13, 2008 9:26 PM

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Warm Night at the Figaro :: September 1966
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The Figaro (Bleecker at McDougal) was my hangout.
But I was nervous about taking pictures.
Note the look I got from one patron. People didn't like having their pictures
taken. And on hot nights, it could trigger a fist fight. The Village was a rough place.

The chess club was down in the basement. It got really hot down there.
The guy on the right in the tie and jacket was one of a group of mysterious
regulars. He seemed to know the staff, and was there every night. Memory
tells me he had a French accent, but I rarely heard him talk. My friends and
I would make up stories about him and his group. The light in his hand would
have been a lighter, and there's probably a pipe in the other hand. He was not
much older than us (22 or so) but very tweedy. He is still a mystery.

The Figaro today is nothing like it was in the early and mid '60s. Hardly trendy,
it could also be a rough place late at night. I saw many fights break out, and it
seemed the floor was rarely swept. The joke was to always remember to bring
rain boots if you wanted to use the loo, because the floor was always under water.

Nikkormat : Anscochrome


posted December 20, 2007 10:05 PM

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Carnegie Hall :: March 1971
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The Coffee Shop on the corner had the best cheese cake in town.
I spent many hours there before and after concerts at CH.
And I savored every minute spent in Carnegie Hall.

Nikon FN : Ektachrome 


posted December 16, 2007 10:05 PM

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Manhattan :: October 1970
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Sixth Avenue, north, at Waverly Place,

Nikon FN : Ektachrome 


posted December 15, 2007 9:27 PM

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Manhattan :: October 1970
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posted December 13, 2007 11:03 PM

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Manhattan :: October 1970
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posted December 12, 2007 6:34 PM

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Manhattan :: October 1970
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posted December 11, 2007 11:08 PM

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Manhattan :: October 1970
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posted November 20, 2007 8:51 PM

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Eighth Street :: October 1970
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Greenwich Village, New York City

Eighth Street at Sixth Avenue, looking east. Perhaps the "main" street in the Village.
In 1970 I made a brief trip back to the City to see friends and, actually, decide whether or
not to move back from Berkeley. I walked the old streets that I knew, looked up old friends,
and made mental comparisons with my current life in Berkeley with what it would be like to
be back in Manhattan (and the weather). Ultimately it was an easy decision.
I'd stay in Berkeley (unless I could find something better in Europe).
It was a safe choice to make at age 26.

So many things had already changed (like the Nedicks on the corner), and the next few years in NYC
were very hard. Still, the 5 blocks around Eighth Street was my home. It was like leaving
an old girlfriend who needed to go into rehab. I wouldn't be back for another 10+ years.

Nikon FN(?) : Ektachrome 


posted September 29, 2007 1:10 PM

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New York City :: October 1970
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posted July 6, 2007 8:11 PM

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New York City :: October 1970
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I think this is 8th Ave around 55th (45th?) Street. (Read comments)
It looks very different today, as you can tell
by using Google Maps

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posted July 5, 2007 4:36 PM

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Caffe Figaro - Greenwich Village :: 1966
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My local cafe in the 60's
Nikkormat : Kodachrome


posted July 1, 2007 3:56 PM

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Fifth Avenue, New York City :: March 1967
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Nikkormat : Agfachrome


posted June 2, 2007 10:38 PM

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Central Park, New York City :: March 1967 Be-In
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Another image from the Be-In in NYC in 1967.
Today I (re)discovered who this guy with the guitar is. The name had escaped me for years,
but I saw him often in Washington Square in '66-67 incessantly singing an annoying
song about smoking bananas. Today I was scanning »New York Daily Photo when
his image clicked in my visual cortex and it all came back like a flash -- »David Peel.
»More on the Be-In

Nikkormat : Anscochrome 


posted May 19, 2007 11:27 PM

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Great Human Be-In, Central Park NYC :: March 26 1967

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This weekend is the 40th anniversary of the Great Human Be-In in New York's Central Park on Easter Sunday, 1967. Promoted by WBAI radio and word of mouth, 100,000 people turned up for no other reason than to be there. It was a strange, mysterious, day. Nikkormat : Anscochrome


posted March 24, 2007 11:19 PM

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6th Avenue at 4th Street, Greenwich Village, New York City :: March 1971

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Nikon F : Kodachrome


posted January 31, 2006 11:07 PM





Staten Island, NY :: Fall 1967

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Nikkormat : Anscochrome


posted January 12, 2006 10:45 PM





New York City :: Spring 1967

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Nikkormat : Anscochrome


posted January 10, 2006 11:23 PM





Staten Island Ferry, New York City :: October 1967

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Nikkormat : Agfachrome


posted December 5, 2005 8:40 PM





Central Park, New York City :: March 1971

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Fourth Anniversary of the Great Be-In of 1967 Nikon FN : Ektachrome


posted November 24, 2005 11:48 PM





Central Park, New York City :: Autumn 1967

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Nikkormat Anscochrome


posted October 9, 2005 3:38 PM





Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich Village New York City :: October 1970

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Nikon FN Ektachrome


posted September 23, 2005 6:49 PM





Sheridan Square, Greenwich Village, New York City :: October 1970

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Nikon FN
Ektachrome


posted September 23, 2005 6:38 PM





Central Park, New York City :: April 1968

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Nikkormat Kodachrome


posted September 2, 2005 3:39 PM





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