We love Meryl Meisler, the New York-born photographer who documented Bushwick, Manhattan and Long Island in the disco era. And HBO’s new show, Vinyl, has further whetted our appetite for ’70s NYC. So we’re excited to hear that a selection of Meisler’s earliest work will be on display at the Steven Kasher Gallery in Chelsea, starting next Thursday. The exhibition will include a large selection of black-and-white prints taken in some of Manhattan’s mythical disco and punk clubs (CBGBs, Studio 54, Les Mouches, Hurrah) and in her hometown of Massapequa, affectionately coined “Matzo-Pizza” by the locals for its large Jewish and Italian population. It’s an urban-suburban milieux worthy of Richie Finestra himself.
Meryl Meisler turned heads last year with her photographs of Bushwick in the late ’70s and early ’80s, when the neighborhood was racked by arson, economic crisis, and crime, epitomized in the chaos of the 1977 blackout. Nevertheless, her photos were filled with as much liveliness as the dance floor at Studio 54 (which the photographer also documented). As a local school teacher, Meisler saw beyond the blight, connecting with the community in spite of the neighborhood’s troubles. But her photos are just as much a conduit for nostalgia as they are a memo for the present and seem as relevant as ever for the neighborhood as it continues to go through immense change. Now our initial obsession the photographer’s work has been rewarded with a new book, Purgatory & Paradise: Sassy ’70s Suburbia & the City.
Get excited, Astor Place lunch-hour zombies (we’re looking in the mirror here) — there’s a new chow spot in town. Archie & Sons, the throwback luncheonette-style diner we told you about last month, opened its doors in the East Village today.
Looks like “Too Much Tuna” has a new filming location.
A homey luncheonette specializing in deli-style chicken and tuna salad is slated to open within the next couple of weeks at 23 Third Avenue, right around the corner from the madness that is St. Marks Place.
Enter the Surf Shuttle.