A Photographic Record of New York's Most Notorious Watering Hole
Sheldon Nadelman, Stefan Nadelman
Publication date: 10/15/2014
|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 duotone 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.
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
Editorial ReviewsDavid Isay, founder of StoryCorps:
"Terminal Bar deserves a place on the small shelf of the very best and most powerful New York City photo books ever. It is a masterpiece. A remarkable record of faces and lives-and of a singular time and place-that would otherwise have been lost to history. This book is an out-of-left-field gift to us all."