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.
There’s always people wheeling things around on the streets of Manhattan!
Established in 1977, V.I.M. are stil trading from multiple locations in New York and New Jersey.
Grocery ‘superette’ on Lafayette. A Superette is an alternative name for a compact food market “convenience shop” or “mini-mart.”
Sex and steam.
A quartet of free magazine dispensers.
Gordon Novelty Co at 52 W 29th St, New York.
In the financial district.
The twin towers in the rain.
Cab journey in the rain.
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!
The hotel was full of original artwork.
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.
Twin Towers disappearing into the low cloud.
Frozen lake, Central park.
Central park at night.
The Queensboro Bridge, also known as the 59th Street Bridge.
Fanelli Cafe has operated under various owners at 94 Prince Street since 1847.
Traffic lights and windows.
Twin Towers at dusk.
Looking across to Brooklyn from Battery Park.
Kove Bros at189 7th Ave, New York.
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.
Twin Towers, night.
Neon sign for A. Blank Office Furniture Est 1899.
Drugs neon sign.
There’s a great compendium of New York’s fast disappearing neon signs here.
Escalator to nowhere, Brooklyn.
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One Comment on “New York archive photos: Street scenes, Chelsea Hotel, Twin Towers, neon, snow and rain, January 2000”
Thank you, these give a good feel of what New York was like 20 years ago. A different era and vibe. I miss it sometimes.