Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The 'lost' world of old New York (24 Pics)

Photographer John Short found that the former Studio 54 nightclub, which rose to prominence in the 1970s, is now used as a venue for the Roundabout Theatre Company

In its heyday, Studio 54 was the ultimate destination for New York City party goers, operating between 1977 and 1981

As part of the London-based photographer's project, Unforgotten New York, he captured the city's iconic artistic spaces, such as Maripol's Salon (pictured)

In the 1960s, it wasn't uncommon to see members of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company practicing in his namesake studio

Now, the American choreographer's former studio is now part of a Trust, which offers daily classes in his pioneering style of dance

The Stonewall Inn, which was the site of the 1969 riots (left), still operates as a gay bar in New York City's Greenwich Village

William Burroughs's Bowery apartment, which was located across from a partially converted YMCA, is still there to visit today

William Burroughs left New York and moved to London in 1965, but before that he lived in this building across from the Bowery Mission

The writer's apartment, called 'The Bunker,' has been left mostly intact and is a popular stop for those interested in the Beat Generation

Although Short expected that many once-iconic arts venues would have fallen into disrepair, he was surprised to find that many were still in operation - simply under other names. Pictured:SOKOL

London-based Short and his team explored the city on four separate trips, also interviewing some of the original New York art influencers. Pictured: St. Mark's Church

he Roxy was a popular nightclub in the Chelsea neighbourhood and once hosted the city's largest weekly gay dance clubs

The Roxy began as a club and roller-skating disco in 1978 and was known as the 'Studio 54 of roller rinks'

Sanctuary: Playwrights Theatre is now home to a company of artists who help writers to grow and stage their plays

The loft that Jean-Michel Basquiat lived in was in a building owned by Andy Warhol, before dying of a heroin overdose in 1988

Jean-Michel Basquiat's apartment and studio is located on Great Jones Street, attracting art enthusiasts from the city and beyond

John Short, along with an arts and culture writer and a graphic designer, has compiled some of his favourite photographs into a book. Pictured: Dixon Place

Jazz legend Sam Rivers opened Studio Rivbea - a jazz loft - on Bond Street after he moved to New York City in the 1970s

Originally opened as a public performance venue, Studio Rivbea is arguably one of the city's first DIY spaces

he art collaboration, Unforgotten New York - Legendary Spaces of the Twentieth Century Avant-Garde, is now available to purchase. Pictured: Andy Warhol's house, now and then

Andy Warhol, pictured here in 1978, spent a great deal of time in 'The Factory,' which was the nickname given to his art studio

Warhol's New York City studio space actually changed location three times. Pictured: The Factory III, which is located at 860 Broadway


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