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Terminal Bar: A Photographic Record of New York's Most Notorious Watering Hole

Terminal Bar: A Photographic Record of New York's Most Notorious Watering Hole

Princeton Architectural Press

By Sheldon Nadelman and Stefan Nadelman


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In 1972 Shelly Nadelman began a ten-year run bartending at one of New York City's most notorious dives: the Terminal Bar, located across the street from the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square. For ten years, right up until the bar closed for good in 1982, he shot thousands of black-and-white photographs, mostly portraits of his customers— neighborhood regulars, drag queens, thrill-seeking tourists, pimps and prostitutes, midtown office workers dropping by before catching a bus home to the suburbs—all of whom found welcome and respite at the Terminal Bar. This extraordinary archive remained unseen for twenty years until his son Stefan rescued the collection, using parts of it in a documentary short. Featuring nine hundred photographs accompanied by reminiscences in Shelly Nadelman's inimitable voice, Terminal Bar brings back to life the 1970s presanitized Times Square, a raucous chapter of the city that never sleeps.

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Size: 8 x 9 in;
Pages: 176 pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: October 2014
ISBN: 9781616892135
Son and coauthor Stefan Nadelman’s documentary short Terminal Bar won the Jury Prize for Short Filmmaking at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival

Sheldon (Shelly) Nadelman still takes photographs with the same Pentax 35mm camera and has lived in East Brunswick, New Jersey, with his family since 1975

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