Category: Manhattan

Gossip Girl (2007-2012) 

Keith Haring painting a mural on FDR Drive (91st) in New York City, 1984.

Andy Warhol and his crew, shot around Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 1966, included Ingrid Superstar and Gerard Malanga as part of fashion shoot for the literary magazine East Side Review. The magazine went out of business before the images were even published and as the decades went on, they had been shelved in Fink’s vast archive

Fidel Castro at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem, September 1960.

After Malcolm X helped arrange his stay

in Harlem, Castro had a series of meetings held at the

Hotel Theresa.

Harlem was a more gracious host to Castro than high-society Midtown had been. Crowds gathered outside the Hotel Theresa, as the honored guest held court in his room. He received official visits from foreign leaders—like Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, and New York NAACP President Joseph Overton.

When Castro was not invited to a luncheon given by Dwight D. Eisenhower for other Latin American leaders, he put together a lunch for the Hotel Theresa’s working-class black employees. The luncheon made for some great photo opportunities, giving Castro a chance to re-emphasize his preference for Harlem and its inhabitants over the fancier parts of Manhattan.

Diana Ross photographed by Lawrence Schiller

in Central Park, 1970. 

Nas and Swizz Beatz had a joint birthday celebration last night! ??

Malcolm X speaking at a

boycott rally against the New York City Board of Education on March 16, 1964.

In one of the largest demonstrations of the Civil Rights movement, hundreds of thousands of parents, students and civil rights advocates took part in a citywide boycott of the New York City public school system to demonstrate their support for the full integration of the city’s public schools and an end to de facto segregation.

After years of unsuccessful lobbying, the Parents’ Workshop for Equality decided to take direct action against the school board and called upon Bayard Rustin to organize a one-day protest and boycott of the city’s public school system on February 3, 1964.

The organization’s sole objective was to render the racial imbalance of African American and Puerto Rican schools by persuading the New York City Board of Education to implement integration timetables.

Response from the African American and Puerto Rican communities was overwhelming as more than 450,000 students refused to attend their respective schools on the day of the boycott. In addition, thousands of demonstrators staged peaceful rallies at the Board of Education, City Hall and the Manhattan office of Governor Nelson Rockefeller. Despite enjoying broad support, the boycott failed to force the city’s school board to undertake immediate reform. Another boycott was held on March 16, over 250,000


participated in the second boycott.