Back in the rock LP’s heyday, images of the city made it on many a front and back cover.
But some cover shots and images deserves a second look.
Simon and Garfunkel’s first album was shot in the 53rd Street subway station. (Vintage trash can at left.)
Art Garfunkel has said that they took hundreds of shots on the platform before finally getting the right one.
Gem Spa is still on the corner of Second Avenue and St. Marks Place, as it was when the New York Dolls posed there for the back of their 1973 first LP.
Steely Dan’s Pretzel Logic cover was photographed in 1974 just inside Central Park off of Fifth Avenue.
That’s a real pretzel vendor working a snowy city day there, selling his “pretzles” at bargain-basement prices.
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