Amazing Vintage Crime Scenes Of New York, Then And Now

November 8, 2013

Inarguably the center of American capitalism as we know it, it should come as no surprise that New York is constantly reinventing itself. What may have been the site of a brutal shoot-out a few years ago could be a quiet residential neighborhood today, and eventually the site of a slew of rowdy bars or cosmopolitan boutiques tomorrow. Given its amorphous nature and equally diverse history, photographer Marc A. Hermann decided to blend the past with the present in this fantastic photo series.

Says Hermann, “New York is constantly changing and transforming, and tragedies that affected individuals’ lives are forgotten. We may stand on what was once the site of a horrific murder and not even know it, simply because life goes on.” These vintage crime scenes are a reminder that history is indeed fluid, and what you might see as picturesque today may very well be endowed with an incredibly bloody history.

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Vintage Crime Scenes Balcony

Brooklyn, 1942: Edna Egbert resists police by climbing onto her ledge.

Vintage Crime Stairs

The Bronx, 1961: Josephine Dexidor holds her boyfriend's bleeding body. He had just been shot by Dexidor's incensed husband.

Prospect Park Death

Prospect Park, 1950: Cops arrive at the scene of Detective Michael Dwyer's suicide.

Crime At Luncheonette

Downtown Brooklyn, 1961: The aftermath of a massive gas explosion. Over two dozen were injured.

Gang Death Scene

Brooklyn, 1928:The scene of infamous gangster Frankie Yale's death. The crash didn't kill him; rather, it was the massive gunshot wounds he suffered while driving.

Vintage Crime Scenes Fire

Manhattan, 1958: Six were killed during a massive fire at Elkins Paper & Twine Co.

Vintage Crime Scenes Crash

Park Slope, 1960: A plane crash quickly ended this Brooklyn neighborhood's characteristic calm. United Airlines Flight 826 and Trans World Airlines Flight 266 saw their end in the Big Apple, resulting in the loss of over 130 lives.

Cops At Gang Residence

Brooklyn, 1957: The body splayed in the entry way is none other than that of a fallen gangster.

Vintage Crime Scenes Accident

Brooklyn, 1959: A mother mourns the loss of her three-year-old daughter after she was struck and killed by a passing car. The little girl was riding a tricycle.

Fire At Fish Market

The Bronx, 1961: The Fulton Fish Market, overcome with flames. The buildings still stand--and are occupied--to this very day.

Vintage Crime Scenes Photographer

Marc Hermann, the photographer of this series, with other New York-based photographers of yore.

What We Love This Week, Volume XXXVIII

November 8, 2013
Happily Ever After Snow White

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The Reality Of “Happily Ever After”

Happily Ever After Jasmine

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For those of you who blame the deceiving phrase “happily ever after” for your unrealistic–and somewhat masochistic–approach to relationships, you’ll delight in photographer Dina Goldstein’s project, Fallen Princesses. Featuring a wrung-out and wrinkled Snow White chasing after a horde of saggy-diapered tots to a machine gun-clad Jasmine fending off foreign interventions, bombs and drones, Goldstein brings a bit of disenchanting realism to the enchanted lives of Disney princesses. Says Goldstein, “I began to imagine Disney’s perfect princesses juxtaposed with real issues that were affecting women around me, such as illness, addiction and self-image issues”. For more on Goldstein’s dystopian depiction of what awaits a princess after the fairytale ends, head over to Demilked.

Happily Ever After Ariel

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These Incredibly-Edited Photos Bring Us History In Color

November 7, 2013

Photo-editing software has never been easier or more affordable; just check out Instagram for confirming evidence of that. In light of this, various artists have begun to change the way we view the rich tapestry of our history; specifically, the way we look at iconic photographs. Rendering these historical icons in a new light, we must ask ourselves if the alterations are poignant and reveal an added dimension to the photos’ subjects, or if they’re potentially blasphemous in their intentional undermining of the photos’ organic–and highly recognized–form.

Does the historical importance of the photo lie in the subject captured, or in the preservation of the way in which he or she was captured and subsequently viewed since its existence? This recent trend has sparked many debates; but either way, these dynamic new views introduce formerly listless two-dimensional pieces of yesteryear to a whole new audience.

The Weirdest Wedding Traditions In The World

November 3, 2013
Blackening Scotland Tradition

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Weddings are meant to be one of the happiest days in the lives of two devoted partners, but there are a few wacky wedding customs from around the world that can throw a spanner in the works. From throwing soot over the bride to banging pots and pans on the couple’s wedding night, some traditions are just plain weird.

Blackening of the Bride and Groom

Blackening Wedding Traditon

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Up in the Highlands of Scotland, there lies an age-old wedding custom that quite literally puts the bride and groom in a sticky situation. The ‘Blackening of the Bride’ ritual involves throwing treacle, soot and flour, at the happy couple to ward off evil spirits that might undermine their marriage. Nowadays, it’s a good excuse for the in-laws to hurl things at the bride and it’s believed that if you can endure the blackening, then you can handle marriage.

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Upward Mobility In America

October 29, 2013

Upward Mobility In America

If you want your child to have a shot at entering a higher tier of the socioeconomic echelon, you might not want to settle down in the South. It’s not so much about big or small cities as it is, well, segregation. Says Harvard economics professor Raj Chetty,

We find that some of the highest mobility places in America are smaller towns rather than the biggest cities … What’s happening in those communities is they’re producing these very successful kids, even kids from low-income families.

And they end up leaving those communities typically, moving to bigger cities and being very successful in the broader American economy. But they’re being produced in these smaller towns…take a place like Atlanta … it’s a very residentially segregated city, where low-income people are living in neighborhoods that are quite separated physically from higher income. And the public transportation’s not great. And so that was a common characteristic that we found of many places of low rates of upward mobility.

What We Love This Week, Volume XXXVI

October 25, 2013
Romania Sheep

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Photographer Provides A Breathtaking Glimpse Of “Untouched” Romania

Romania Mushroom Hut

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From economic disaster to war to the rise and fall of competing ideologies, Romania has seen it all. And now, some 20 years after its bloody fight to get out of the clutches of the iron curtain, Romania has made its way into the European Union and begins to process its past–as well as its future. In his photo series on the former Eastern Bloc member, Hungarian photographer Tamas Dezso seeks to capture the relationship between Romanians and land, as well as its “awkward democratization that for the time being is burdened with the unprocessed past”. While we’re just offering you a sliver of Dezso’s slice of this critical transition, Time has an entire gallery on the subject.

Romania Birds

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