Classic Black-And-White Photos Capture The Glamour And Grit Of New York City's Past

October 22, 2014 1:14 PM

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Classic Black-And-White Photos Capture The Glamour And Grit Of New York City's Past

Since the 1970s and 1980s, photographer Arlene Gottfried has captured the beastly city of New York in all its glory, from the muscle men of Brighton Beach to the sartorialists of Coney Island and the glam rockers of Madison Square Garden. "I don’t think they’re freaks, because then I’d be a freak, too," she explained of her subjects to Vulture.

The vintage exercise in documentary street photography captures the strange characters and inimitable moments that New Yorkers live for -- the many banalities that transform the city streets into a living circus, catwalk and stage. "My mother used to say ‘Arlene– just don’t wander!’," Gottfried told...

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