Where it all started...Exterior view of the first offices of the @villagevoice
at 22 Greenwich Ave, shot on August 10, 1960.
For more than 50 years, Fred W. McDarrah photographs filled the Voice so the readers can put faces to the names that kept appearing.
Check out the scenes he captured and own a piece of history for yourself with the new book 'Fred W. McDarrah: New York Scenes' which can be bought now! The book has over 200 pages of both iconic and never before seen photographs of downtown New York City from the late 50s to the 70s.
Opening TONIGHT from 6-8 is a show at the @stevenkashergallery
that puts the book's many photos on display.
The show is open until November so stop by and travel back in time to the bars, parks, galleries and moments that helped shape history. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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In late 1995, after Serendipity3 fired me for not shaving, I answered an ad in the Village Voice for a wait staff position at a Hell’s Kitchen upstart beach themed burger joint that hadn’t opened yet. I was called in for an interview and hired by founder Will Brown on the spot. On Jan 6th, 1996, after a blizzard, we opened to not much fan fare. Hell’s Kitchen was not what it is today and was in the early stages of a transition to say the least. The owner made the gamble to sell 60 types of burgers and chicken sandwiches for $10 and to forgo offering french fries on the menu. We were fledgling along until that April when we received favorable press in the NYPost, NY Times, New Yorker and TimeOutNY. Later that year, Zagats gave us a ridiculously high food rating and ranked us in the top 3 places to get a burger in NYC. Simultaneously, the neighborhood transformed with the opening of nearby residential developments, and this little hole in the wall began generating $4,000/day in sales. I spent the next 4 years here, picking up shifts, managing others and enjoying my 20’s in NYC as hard as anyone. A lot of restaurants on 9th Ave have come and gone. Island Burgers and Shakes is like a soldier that stormed the beach of Normandy in the first wave without sustaining a scratch and decided to build a beach house there.... Long live Island Burgers and Shakes....