CBGB is a club with a worldwide reputation, but it started out as a tiny, dirty hole in the wall furnished entirely in wood. It opened in 1973 and quickly became a favorite destination for the artsy weirdos and outcasts of New York City. Although known as a punk club, and birthplace of The Ramones, it housed a diverse mix of mix, including Patti Smith’s art rock and later the Talking Heads new wave stylings. The most commercially succcessful band was Blondie, fronted by the iconic Debbie Harry. Cuepoint put together a wonderful history of the club with numerous high-res images and a link to a CBGB-inspired music playlist.
Our Hole in the Wall: An Oral History of the CBGB Scene
Bill Cunningham’s 38-year career with the New York Times will stand as one of the most unique and influential in photojournalism. Informally called the NYT‘s “artist in residence,” Cunningham quite literally told stories with images. Famed for catching the heart of both high fashion and the common man, he was a tireless worker and his bike and him were a cherished part of the city. The Times collected some insightful anecdotes from coworkers of what it was like to work with Cunningham, who comes across as a control freak who nevertheless enjoyed collaboration.
Working With Bill Cunningham