Thursday, 20 September 2012

42nd Street and Times Square

5th Avenue & 42nd Street in the 1950s. 
6th Avenue & 41st Street in the 1950s. 
5ths Avenue towards 42nd Street; view from the steps of the NY Public Library in 1955. 
Broadway & 44th Street in 1954; notice that both 7th Ave. & Broadway had 2-way traffic; BONDS was actually a clothing store.
42nd Street off 7th Avenue in 1955.
7th Avenue towards 47th Street in 1955.
42nd Street & 7th Avenue in 1951.
5th Avenue towards 42nd Street in the 1950s. Judging by the shadows and the low foot and veihcle traffic it must have been taken on a Sunday morning.  
42nd Street toward 11th Avenue in 1969; the large building down the block was actually torquoise and housed the McGraw Hill Company. 
Broadway & 42nd Street circa 1963.
42nd Street & 7th Avenue in 1960. 
42nd Street in 1972.
This is how I remember 42nd Street in the summer of 1972.
Remember when guys went out on the streets like that? Scary?
42nd Street at night in 1966 - 'Incident at at Phanthom Hill' .
a very famous person waiting for the train at Grand Central Station further down 42nd Street in the 1950s.
Summer 1973.
1968 - 'Hammerhead' with Vince Edwards.
Anne Baxter reings supreme at Broadway in 1971 with 'Applause' which had brought Lauren Bacall back a year earlier. 
John Shaft, private detective - 1971.
1970 - 'The Horsemen' with Omar Sharif & Jack Palance.

Richard Roundtree as John Shaft crosses Times Square in the Fall of 1970.
Who's the man who ... John Shaft.


Who's the black private dick that's a sex machine to all the chicks?
Shaft! You're damn right!

Who is the man that would risk his neck for his brother man?
Shaft!  Can ya dig it?

Who's the cat that won't cop out when there's danger all about!
Shaft! Right on!

You see this cat Shaft is a bad motherfucker! Shut your mouth!
But I'm talkin' about Shaft! Then we can dig it!

He's a complicated man but no one understands him but his woman!
John Shaft!

words & music: Isaac Hayes

Blackula showing he means business...

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