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    42nd Street. I have included this photo in my "NY in the 80s" set, although the phioto actually dates from the 1990s.

    The poetry on the Times Square theater marquees was part of an artists' project that was sponsored by a government agency that was promoting Times Square redevelopment. The artists' project occurred in the brief transitional period in the 1990s between the old run-down Times Square and the new cleaned-up Disney version.

    bytegirl24, Omair Haq, mrpommer, and 42 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. bytegirl24 39 months ago | reply

      just plain cool!

    2. jeffs4653 39 months ago | reply

      Always liked when multiple titles created new sentences!

    3. .tom troutman. 39 months ago | reply

      did you get some press recently? over the past few days I have seen numerous people linking to your photostream from Facebook. You deserve as much attention as possible. Always an inspiration.

    4. evy2010 39 months ago | reply

      Just great reading the old theater marquees...little pearls of wisdom ;))...get busy on the book!

    5. Ed Gaillard 39 months ago | reply

      Wow, I had forgotten those marquees.

    6. angelnfreefall 39 months ago | reply

      I need to make that a sign at the restaurant...

    7. Barry Yanowitz 39 months ago | reply

      yes, i remember when these replaced all the adult movie theater marquees. it felt very surreal at the time

    8. stevensiegel260 39 months ago | reply

      Thanks, Tom. And your stuff inspires me as well. Love your recent night photography.

      And yes, my Flickr site was recently featured on these two blogs:

      www.12ozprophet.com/index.php/news/photographer-steven-si...

      gothamist.com/2012/01/18/amazing_photos_of_1980s_new_york...

    9. Eugene Gannon 38 months ago | reply

      I only saved one shot from the period on 42nd Street. I remember how all the businesses were evicted and then this art project was set up without much fanfare. It's it hayday I would make myself walk 42nd from Broadway to Eight Ave. dodging hookers, dealers and preachers it's now hard to imagine.
      There was one of the 'new' theaters that would have the customers enter from 43rd street..

    10. Andrey Timofeev 32 months ago | reply

      Awesome moment capture.

    11. mister friendly 21 months ago | reply

      I think those poems were sponsored by the Dinkins administration, even though they were still around in the very early days of Giuliani, in early 1994. They also painted all the rolldown gates pastel colors and had poetry printed on some of those, too.

      There were still one or two businesses open on the street during this time. I think the little luncheonette on the north side of the street, next to the movie theater; and an electronics store on the south side where you could still buy ninja stars and bb guns.

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