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Beat me to it!

Sixties activist Jerry Rubin on St. Mark's Place. Like Travelerette, he is a fighter.

Sixties activist Jerry Rubin on St. Mark's Place. Like Travelerette, he is a fighter.

As I was doing a Save the Village Greenwich Village walking  tour last week, it struck me how many retail spaces were vacant. For Rent. For Sale. Photo by Fred W. McDarrah.

I was going to start taking pictures of each and every one, to nail down my point - and the point that so many others make lately - that things are tipping in the wrong direction, that landlords are evil, etc. Familiar turf here. 

Well, someone beat me to it.

Didn't know her until now, but I love her already. Another soldier in the fight. She documented 103 vacant spots and probably could have captured more.

She concludes,  "I hope that was enough to convince you that something must be done about this. Now it's your turn, Mayor De Blasio, Commissioner Gordon or whoever else is listening, to stop the evil Penguin Landlord from destroying Gotham City with his ludicrous rents. If I can take these 100 something pictures, I'm sure you can do something, no matter how small."

Right on, sister.

New McDarrah prints available for first time

This may not be a typical blog post - it is more of a press release.  But since we wrote it, seems like fair use.


New Prints of Classic Greenwich Village Images Available For First Time proudly announces the addition of the Fred W. McDarrah Collection.

Fred W. McDarrah was the most curious, knowledgeable, and indefatigable chronicler of the New York scene over the second half of the 20th century. 

His work brings a new and unique selection of images to the collected works of an already world class lineup including Alfred Eisenstadt, Margaret Bourke-White and Ansel Adams.

McDarrah rose to prominence during his 50-year association with the Village Voice newspaper, the house organ of the post-war counterculture. The New York Times has described McDarrah as the "Bachrach of New York's Bohemia."

He photographed the artists, writers, musicians, and actors who frequented the bars, theaters, galleries, and cafes in Greenwich Village. He documented political rallies, museum openings, breaking news, feminism, experimental theater, the rock and folk music scenes, dance, and the civil rights and anti-war movements. In a style simple and direct McDarrah created street and studio portraits of luminaries, politicians and celebrities that were often definitive.

But his favorite subject may have been his beloved New York City; often roaming the city on his bicycle, he documented the streets, buildings, landmarks, parks, beaches, pushcarts, subways, architecture, landscapes, churches, signs, cobblestones, storefronts and rooftops.

McDarrah's photographs have been exhibited at numerous museums, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Wadsworth Atheneum and the Centre Georges Pompidou-Paris; and are in private and public collections including the National Portrait Gallery, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the New York Public Library, the Andy Warhol Museum, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

For The Fred W. McDarrah Collection, the editors at have selected more than 200 of McDarrah’s most delightful and inspiring images, with an eye towards their ability to work as wall décor. Many of the images shown here are available to the consumer market for the very first time.

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