The Gaiety opened in 1975 and, despite then Mayor Guliani's clean sweep of the neighborhood in the mid-1990s, managed to remain open until March 2005, when the building was sold. Likewise, HoJo's closed that July. Today, Guliani would be thrilled to know that the building was demolished to make room for national chain American Eagle.
Stay tuned for a related NYC Vintage expose on the Times Square Howard Johnson's, which I've been collecting photos and info on for the past week!
In the midst of the oil shortage, the Vietnam War and the associated recession, with rising unemployment and a never-ending series of political scandals, Americans in the 1970s found themselves facing a deep identity crisis. Dirk Reinartz captured this mood in sensitive pictorial compositions that not only show the pervasive tristesse of the times, but also include snapshot-like character studies that reflect back his warm and affectionate gaze.