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The Terminal Bar, NYC: Derelicts, Wonderers, The Medicated, Pimps And Punters (1973-1981)

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From 1973 to 1981, bartender Shelly Nadelman photographed the patrons and surroundings of the Terminal Bar, a watering hole across the street from the Port Authority Bus Terminal near Times Square in New York City (8th Avenue just off 42 Street). Shelly took over 1,500 black and white portraits during his stint. The bar was owned by Murray Goldman, Sheldon’s father-in-law.

 

 Terminal Bar New York

 

We love photographs. But we’re going to first show you a film, one of five Shelly’s son Stefan Nadelman created from his father’s work. First up is Terminal Bar (2002), the 2003 Sundance Jury Prize winner for short film.

If you watch this film and don’t end up thinking you missed a lost morning / afternoon / weekend in a slice of New York history, you need to check your pulse.

 

 

The music evokes a club-like atmosphere. But there is no membership. Anyone could enter the Terminal Bar. You just needed the stomach for it – and we’re not just talking about the drinks.

 

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Pimps and Prostitutes

 

 

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Shelly Nadeleman mixes the drinks

 

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WHO WORKED THERE?

 

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A BARMAN GETS O KNOW A CUSTOMER BY HIS DRINK (or at least what he thinks he drinks)

 

 

You can buy the terrific book of the notorious bar. You should do. It’s a rich and satisfying slice of New York through and through.