October 2, 2008

Doin Time In Times Square

Ever wonder what Times Square was like back in the day? Check out this video of dude getting knocked out and then pick pocketed. The footage is from a Charlie Ahearn dvd (see the description below for more info). Now excuse me while I take a month off from blogging. Jan, I hope you're happy now!

Despite the success of Charlie Ahearn's seminal hip-hop film Wild Style he turned from narrative film to painting and video art for most of the 1980s and 1990s. In 1991 he created a video journal through the window of his Times Square apartment Doin' Time in Times Square. He managed to capture Times Square in all of its' pre-Giuliani glory during a period of unbridled tension when Times Square was that strange mixture of very low brow adult side shows and arcades poverty hookers and yes even high brow theatre a block away. Some called it the freest place on earth other's called it a hell hole.

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