We had a nice breakfast down on Elizabeth Street this morning with friends, and then all decided to walk over and see a NYC Rock History landmark. Two different pieces of rock history happened here at 96 and 98 St. Marks Place.
FIRST, in 1975 these two buildings became the album cover for Led Zepplin’s Physical Graffiti album. Here is how they look today to my camera:
Here is the album cover from 1975. To make the photo square for an album cover the artist removed an entire floor.
My picture from today shows that the building actually has 5 floors:
The SECOND event from Rock History that took place here: The Rolling Stones used the steps of 96 St. Marks for their “Waiting On a Friend” video. That’s Mick Jagger and Peter Tosh (front left) on the steps.
Here are those same steps today:
The song has been a favorite since I saw the video debut on Saturday Night Live. Again, the same location at St. Marks Place. Here’s the video (directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg who also made the Beatles “Let It Be” movie):
By the way, breakfast with friends this morning was at “Lovely Day” on Elizabeth Street in Nolita. Great strawberry & banana pancakes. Mimosas and Stumptown coffee. Good service, too. I haven’t blogged in a week because the Boston Bombings really effected us. Dawn and I worked the Finish Line at the Marathon for our Boston radio station for a lot of years. Today was a nice step back into the light.
UPDATE- More reading: Candid photos taken during the making of “Waiting on a Friend” at this link: http://www.iorr.org/talk/read.php?1,598709,598709
Touring the UN in New York is always interesting. When I was very young I had an old broken “Viewmaster” and one disk, “The U.N. in 3D”. I’ve been there several times but it’s still thrilling to see those scenes in person. An ear piece at each station allow delegates to listen to voice translations in their choice of languages. Delegates signal their countries’ votes for or against a resolution, or their decision to abstain from a vote, by pressing green, red or yellow buttons on the tables in front of them.
Water Street between Peck Slip and Beekman, NYC
Fifteen of us explored a ghost NYC subway station that’s been closed to the public since 1945. From 1904, millions of people traveled from here until it was closed 68 years ago. My family recently joined the NYC MTA Transit Museum. They allow a very small group to tour this “Jewel In the Crown”, the closed Old City Hall Subway Station. It’s located directly below Old City Hall, not far from the current City Hall/Brooklyn Bridge station. The old station’s _curved_platform is unusual but accommodated the original shorter subway cars of 1904. By the 1940′s the curved platform presented a huge problem for the new longer cars. Because of the 100% curved station, today’s subway car-doors don’t even get close to the platform. I won’t give away too many wonderful details about the architecture, the masonry, wonderful arches, original brass fixtures, skylights, the amazing story behind how it was built and who designed it. For that, please join the NYC MTA Transit Museum. (http://www.mta.info/mta/museum/) It’s well worth it and admission supports the great work of the Transit Museum. This is a wonderful experience for urban explorers. Special thanks to Luz at the Museum. Below are my photos mixed in with originals from the US National Archives.
Legendary Apollo Theater, 125th Street, Harlem, New York City built in 1913. It started as a “Whites-only” burlesque house. By 1934 it was lavishly renovated, named Apollo and became the pre-eminent showplace of African-American talent. Since 1934, Monday night’s are still “Amateur Nights” showcasing new talent. Quoting Wikipedia: The Apollo launched the careers of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Gladys Knight & the Pips, The Jackson 5, Patti LaBelle,Marvin Gaye, Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, Mariah Carey, The Isley Brothers, Lauryn Hill, Sarah Vaughan, Jazmine Sullivan, Ne-Yo, and many others. Since 1999 the theater has been owned by the City of New York.