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sunny black and whites

It's Spring so rain's not unusual but it feels like it's still winter here. So ironically we're envying people in old black and white photos that are presumably basking in the sun and blue skies.

(My girl found these images off a blog - photo of girl in mexico from Albert Tanquero, other images from either the Snaptorium or Tastevik flickr pools).

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working man

the butcher the food cart vendor

the firefighter

the waiter

Just a little nod to the men hard at work, and the men working hard to find work.

The Workers by American Photographer Irving Penn.

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Disappearing Manganaro Grosseria

Anthony Bourdain's Disappearing Manhattan was one of our favorite episodes of No Reservations, not only because he took us around one of our favorite cities, but because we are supporters of restaurants that might look a little rough around the edges but come with history and compelling stories, that are family owned and operated, that have charm and character and grit, that are trying to hold on to their place in the middle of an absurdly increasing, bullying New York real estate market.

We're sad to report on this windy Monday that one of the restuarants on that list will be disappearing: Manganaro's. When Bourdain filmed the Disappearing episode, he wrote "Manganaro's is a bit of vintage Italian-America that people raised on a more al dente, post-Batali, Northern-inflected, lightly sauced, meatball-free, Italian might not appreciate. But it's a vital step back in time, another world, and an essential one to remember and cherish." We couldn't agree more. Mangaro's is an iconic New York dining spot that helped pioneer the hero sandwich, with roots going back to the 1890s, and its mere presence in a city of expensive businesses that keep coming and going without making much of a mark is irreplaceable. We just wish the brothers, whose feud is the stuff of legend and who haven't spoken in 30-something years, could have put their differences aside. That, and maybe they could have treated their customers nicer - as we found out first hand, not everyone gets the Bourdain red carpet treatment.

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Shuffleton's Barbershop 1950

Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera on view now at the Brooklyn Museum.

“There were details, accidents of light, which I'd missed when I'd been able to make only quick sketches of a setting. For example in Rob Shuffleton's barbershop in East Arlington, Vermont: where Rob hung his combs, his rusty old clippers, the way the light fell across the magazine rack, his moth-eaten push broom leaning against the display cases of candy and ammunition, the cracked leather seat of the barber chair with the stuffing poking through along the edges over the nickel-plated frame. A photograph catches all that.”—Norman Rockwell (1960)

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Chicago Street Photographer

self portrait

Vivian Maier's photos have been making their way around the web recently thanks to John Maloof who bought the negatives to her work at an antique auction. This story is particularly interesting because her photos remained unknown and mostly undeveloped until Maloof's discovery - over 100,000 negatives and 3,000 prints. The auction house where Maloof bought Vivian Maier's photos acquired her belongings from her storage locker that was sold off due to delinquent payments. Maloof later found her name written with pencil on an envelope and decided to Google her about a year after he purchased the negatives, only to find her obituary placed the day before his search. She passed away only a couple days before that inquiry on her, leaving so many questions unanswered, and with her not knowing this man she had never met held her life's work and was about to share them with the world.

Vivian's Story Vivian Maier (1929-2009) was a street photographer from the 1950s to 1990s. She's a bit of a mystery, with some contradictory information out there. But here's what's been gathered about her so far: She was born in New York to immigrant parents, spent many years in France before returning to the U.S. where she worked in a sweat shop in New York when she was about 11 or 12, and later worked as a nanny in Chicago for about 40 years. In 1959 she traveled the world alone, where she photographed places like Egypt and Vietnam. She was describe as a tell-it-like-it-is and "keep your distnace from me" type of person, outspoken, a feminist, loved foreign films and learned English by going to theaters, and wore men's jackets and men's shoes most of the time. She was constantly taking pictures, which she didn't show anyone.

If you're in Chicago, Vivian's first U.S. exhibition will be held at the Chicago Cultural Center. Around 80 prints will be on display, including a sample of her color work, and will run 'til April 3rd. There's also a feature length documentary film about her in production now and a book of her work is expected to be released next Fall.

All photos are copyrighted under Maloof Collection, Ltd.

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blackout '77

manhattan, lights out lootin' in bed stuy, free for all? photo:tyrone dukes/ny times

son of sam nabbed. psycho killer ~ qu'est-ce que c'est

talking heads. ocean club, tribeca. photo:allen tannenbaum

bowery bum at cbgb (r.i.p.) photo:h.wang

1977: The first Apple computer goes on sale. Star Wars opens. Punk Rock is the new. Elvis dies at 42. Carter becomes president.

But it was the Summer of 1977 in New York City that people will always remember - a time and place of extreme highs and lows: Lighting strikes a Con Ed substation along the Hudson River setting off a chain of events resulting in the massive New York blackout, leading to mobs, fires, and looting. The Son of Sam murders terrorizes a city already swallowed by crime, violence, drugs, financial crisis, and decay. But it's also when the New York Yankees win the world series and uplifts the city, even for just a moment. And ultimately music saves the broken city - everyone from the Ramones to the Talking Heads to the Dead Boys to Patti Smith takes the stage at places that would later become legendary, like CBGB.

Great respect to Allan Tannenbaum for capturing the scenes of the most high-strung, prolific, eclectic city in the world.

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Los Angeles Snow ......

Well, on a strange day years ago. We don't know what day and year these photos by George Silk were taken, this was the first time these folks saw snow in Los Angeles - an event obviously so rare that people were literally packing snow in the trunks of their cars. For some people, snow is just a pain in the ass, but for the rest of us that don't get to see snow very much, it brings out the kid in us.

All photos copryight LIFE/Time, Inc.

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mother nature

radio city flatiron

central park west

grand central, shut down

New York Dec 1947 and 1905. Looks pretty much the same now.

All photos copyright LIFE/Time, Inc., photos by Mark Kauffman and Michael Rougier. Flatiron photo via New York Public Library.

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Christmas Day Concert ~ Don't Miss It!

"Live in concert Christmas Day ~ The Clash."

*Three decades too late - This event happen back in 1979, at Acklam Hall, England. The admission was only 50 pence (1 dollar !?) seating only 250 !!!! This Holiday concert marked the beginning of their road to fame, London Calling had only been released a few weeks prior. A concert for the true Garageland enthusiasts.

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Welcome Stranger

A step back in time, 1957. Some say a great barber is part bartender, part shrink and 100% your trusted friend. Seventy-five cent cuts with a quarter tip, sounds lovely. photo: F.M.

Slide on into the leather chair, neck powdered and a swoosh of the apron. What'll you have friend? Otis Elevator Co. 1942 photo: W.S.C.

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NY 40's

"Tom is your Barber" Americana post depression era. Brooklyn 1943. Parts of the borough still looks the same.

"Tools of the Trade" on display in the window 1941. Note the coat and hat rack, a staple for the Gent's and the sign featuring air conditioning

all photos: A.E.

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1977 was a good year

1977, the year punk music was birthed, hair doos were getting chopped & cropped and some iconic movies were on the horizon. Yoda, Tony Manero, Linus and Coach Buttermaker enter the history books. Personal favorite: Walter Matthau did a great job as the coach of the Bears.

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Reflections of the South Side

The South Side of Chicago barber shop April 1941. A turning point for the US: the Great Depression recently ended and President Teddy Roosevelt engages the US in World War II. Americans dusted themselves off and re-sparked the American Ingenuity Spirit. Reflections of Today? Keep your head high.

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