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.