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June 24, 2014

Amazing Black and White Photographs of New York Taken by Allen Tannenbaum in the 1970s

New York in the 70s is a personal collection of photographs documenting an exciting chapter in New York's history-and a remarkable body of work produced by photographer Allan Tannenbaum while he was a photo editor of the SoHo Weekly News in Manhattan.

The photographs encompass many aspects of New York life while capturing the heady exuberance of the era-from SoHo and the art world to the city’s politics and society. By photographing everything from street gangs to disco divas, from homeless to Hollywood stars, Tannenbaum had assembled a personal diary of his journey as a photojournalist and raconteur through a strange and exotic era of New York life.

Grace Slick and The Jefferson Starship perform in Central Park.

Jimmy Carter Chief of Staff Hamilton Jordan and Warren Beatty at the 1976 Democratic Convention.

Terence Galagher tends the Bellevue Hospital Mortuary.

A member of the Chingalings Motorcycle Club pushes another biker at the entrance to their rent-free city-owned clubhouse in the South Bronx.

Sid Vicious in a body bag.

Truman Capote at the bar with a friend at Studio 54 in 1977.

Long-abandoned Pier 48 being used by gay men as a rendezvous for casual sex.

A boy jumps off a jungle gym on to a mattress in a vacant lot in the Lower East Side.

The boxer Snooks at Gleason's Gym reads about Nixon and Watergate.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis campaigning for Ted Kennedy in Astoria, Queens (February 2nd, 1980).

Stripper Candy Love is arrested for going topless in front of City Hall in a one-person protest.

Antidraft demonstrators holding a sit-in at the General Post Office do not deter a man in shorts from sending his post.

Joan Baez at the War is Over Rally in Central Park, May 1975.

Marijuana Smoke-In and March from Central Park to Washington Square. Man in Richard Nixon mask smokes a joint after taking his pants off.

The "body" of King Kong lies in the WTC plaza after falling from the top of the building.

Country music star Dolly Parton hugs rock star Mick Jagger backstage after her Bottom Line concert. 5/14/77.

Times Square Hooker waiting on the street.

Blondie cooking at home.

Residents of Chinatown celebrate the year of the Tiger with a dragon and fireworks.

Transit Authority K-9 Police use German Shepherds on the subway to deter crime.


  1. Russian, really? Jesus....

  2. Many of these pictures look like the Hermosa Beach strand in the LA South Bay (not SF)...

  3. None of these are San Francisco.




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