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Ken Schles Photographed ‘The Last Pre-Internet Bohemian Place’: East Village in the ’80s

Drowned in Sorrow, 1984. (Photograph by Ken Schles)

Drowned in Sorrow, 1984. (Photograph by Ken Schles)

Ken Schles, the artist behind the underground cult classic Invisible City will be speaking tonight between 6 and 8 pm at an opening reception of his work at the Howard Greenberg Gallery. Schles lived in the East Village during the gritty, burned out decade of the 1980s and documented the harrowing yet glamorous world he saw through the lens of his camera.
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On the Ropes, a Champion of Ibogaine Aims to Be Comeback Kid

Dana Beal (left) and Joey Goodwin after last month's "midgets and models" fundraiser.

Dana Beal (left) and Joey Goodwin after last month’s “midgets and models” fundraiser.

From the looks of yet another “Looking for a Girlfriend” parody flyer, the boxing gym that took over the Yippie building on Bleecker Street is seeking “real fighters.” Maybe for another underground party?

Last month, a day after we spoke to owner Joey Goodwin, Overthrow set up a ring in the middle of a Broome Street loft and pitted “midgets and models” against each other in order to raise funds for Dana Beal’s ongoing efforts to bring an ibogaine clinic to Afghanistan.
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Cleaner Streets, But Dirty Needles Are Still a Cause for Concern

(Photo: Amy Lombard)

(Photo: Amy Lombard)

It was dark by the time members of the East Village walkabout group entered Tompkins Square Park, carrying plastic bags containing clean syringes, sterilized cookers and tourniquets, condoms, lubricants and dental dams.
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