Sunday, November 18, 2012

"Facadomy": The Urban Eye - 1995

"Each store window is a kind of work of art in itself."

Here's some Sunday viewing. This NY Public Access TV documentary, produced by Jerry Rio and Howard Finkel, is a mid-90s look at urban development  and the threatened "unrecognized landmarks" of the city. Seventeen years hardly seems that long ago to me, but how swiftly change barrels along. The camera catches 42nd street largely shuttered and awaiting transformation, some 14th Street:Children of the Damned "incidental art", and an unidentified man, a student of street signs, who waxes lyrical about a very different Bowery. The second part of the film has a great interview with Peter Poulos, owner of the original Papaya King at 86th & Third.

1 comment:

Marty Wombacher said...

Great videos, thanks for posting them! Although I did cringe when the guy said, "Anything on St. Mark's Place" and I thought about the 7-11 that's there now.