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Street Trades: The Photography of Marcus Reidenberg

“The ballet of the good city sidewalk never repeats itself from place to place, and in any one place is always replete with new improvisations.” Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. From poet Walt Whitman to activist Jane Jacobs to fashion photographer Bill Cunningham, New Yorkers have celebrated their streets as [...]

Spring Fashion, circa 1890′s

“Fashion is unfolding, just like nature,” reads the caption for a recent On the Street column by famed New York Times photographer Bill Cunningham (whose work is currently on exhibit at N-YHS).  Now that spring has finally arrived, we decided to take a look at seasonal fashion in New York over a hundred years ago. [...]

Making fun of fashion

Fashion week, Alexander McQueen at the Met . . . . lately, we’ve been looking at fashion very seriously.   But fashion has always had its funny side too.   Take, for example, this 1776 caricature of the Battle of Bunker Hill. Caricature File, PR 010 One of a series of satires by the husband-and-wife team Matthew [...]

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