Mean Streets: NYC 1970-1985

Black and white photos from when the sidewalks were open-air stages

In a time when people seem to pause only to snap the picturesque, new photo book “Mean Streets: NYC 1970-1985” is an important reminder to take off the smartphone-induced blinders. The book is compiled of largely never-before-printed black and white shots taken by Edward Grazda, on a Leica rangefinder (on Kodak Tri-X or Ilford HP5 Plus film). He photographed Bob Dylan and Newport Folk Festival …

For True Fans Only: Merch Junkies

One-off vintage pieces dressed up with the names of rock'n'roll stars and glam rock legends

It started out with a Bowie jacket NYC-based stylist and photographer Zara Mirkin made for herself. “I was always painting on the back of jackets and jeans,” she tells CH. “The idea came about after I had so many people take photos of my Bowie jacket and ask for one. I concepted this idea with my best friend to make bootleg homemade one off band …

GLOSS: The Work of Chris von Wangenheim

Flip through the pages of this stunning, sexy photo book

Berlin-born fashion photographer Chris von Wangenheim had an innate knack for capturing images that were arresting, provocative and sexy. In Rizzoli‘s ultra-glam hardcover “GLOSS: The Work of Chris von Wangenheim,” readers can explore some of his most page-stopping photographs, from topless women with giant guard dogs, babes diving into money, to the ever-iconic Grace Jones posing powerfully next to taxidermy cheetahs and panthers. Von Wangenheim …

NASA Graphics Standards Manual, Reissued

The 1975 rebranding presentation gets resurrrected in hardcover form, exclusively on Kickstarter

The tale of NASA’s two logos recently resurfaced, bringing to light a battle won, or lost—depending on who you speak to. During the Nixon administration, US government agencies were pushed to undertake visual makeovers through the “Federal Design Improvement program.” This eventually led to NASA’s rebranding, with a minimalist red logo (nicknamed the Worm) created by designers Richard Danne and Bruce Black­burn. If the sleek …

Song of the Car: 1970 Cadillac de Ville Convertible

Cruising through Brooklyn in the show-stealing Americana land yacht with salsa tunes blaring

Skip the double decker tour buses. There’s no better way to see elegant Fort Greene, Brooklyn on a sunny fall day than through the wide windshield of a 1970 Cadillac de Ville convertible. Lean back and lean low on leather seats and embrace the essence of NYC’s biggest and most flavorful borough in a Brooklyn-style big car. Cadillac introduced the Coupe de Ville in 1949. …