New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York is a fascinating place to visit and photograph – here’s a selection of 60+ street images taken during January 2000 – exactly twenty years ago.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

There’s always people wheeling things around on the streets of Manhattan!

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Established in 1977, V.I.M. are stil trading from multiple locations in New York and New Jersey.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Grocery ‘superette’ on Lafayette. A Superette is an alternative name for a compact food market “convenience shop” or “mini-mart.”

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Sex and steam.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Shadows, SoHo.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

A quartet of free magazine dispensers.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Broadway/5th Avenue.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Gordon Novelty Co at 52 W 29th St, New York.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

In the financial district.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Big truck.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Battery Park.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

The twin towers in the rain.

Cab journey in the rain.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

View from the Chelsea Hotel, where I stayed for several visits.

It was great to stay at such an iconic rock’n’roll hotel but the accommodation was a bit rubbish with endlessly clanging pipes and knackered furniture!

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

The hotel was full of original artwork.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

My room.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Wikipedia says this about the Chelsea Hotel:

It has been the home of numerous writers, musicians, artists and actors. Though the Chelsea no longer accepts new long-term residents, the building is still home to many who lived there before the change in policy. Arthur C. Clarke wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey while staying at the Chelsea, and poets Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso chose it as a place for philosophical and artistic exchange. It is also known as the place where the writer Dylan Thomas was staying in room 205 when he became ill and died several days later, in a local hospital, of pneumonia on November 9, 1953, and where Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, was found stabbed to death on October 12, 1978.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Twin Towers disappearing into the low cloud.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Subway scene.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Frozen lake, Central park.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Central park at night.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

The Queensboro Bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Taco taxi.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Fanelli Cafe has operated under various owners at 94 Prince Street since 1847.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Street vendor.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Traffic lights and windows.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Buttons galore.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Twin Towers at dusk.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Looking across to Brooklyn from Battery Park.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Kove Bros at189 7th Ave, New York.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

The Rodeo Bar closed in 2014:

We are deeply saddened to announce that after 27 years in business, Rodeo Bar and Grill is closing its doors on Sunday July 27, 2014.

Here at New York’s longest-running honky-tonk, we stayed open during some of the city’s toughest times — Hurricane Sandy, the 2003 blackout, 9/11 — but recent rent increases, combined with a changing landscape, have made it impossible for us continue.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Neon signs.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Twin Towers, night.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Rainfall.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Neon sign for A. Blank Office Furniture Est 1899.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Drugs neon sign.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

There’s a great compendium of New York’s fast disappearing neon signs here.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Subway scenes.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Ghost signs.

New York 20 Years Ago: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000

Escalator to nowhere, Brooklyn.

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