Fall in New York: three NYC photo books; the Queens Museum reopens

This fall in New York, check out three photo books that document NYC, and visit the newly renovated Queens Museum in Flushing.

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  • Photograph: Tod Seelie

    Bright Nights: Photographs of Another New York

    Seelie: "Callie W. crowd surfing during a Spank Rock show at Bodega in Bushwick, Brooklyn, 2009."

  • Photograph: Brandon Stanton

    Humans of New York

    Stanton: "Ms. Colombia has always embodied the energy and eccentricity of New York for me. It's impossible to take a bad picture of her."

  • Photograph: Jason Rodgers

    The Fun: The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC

    Yuzna: "Emerging from under the wing of seasoned nightlife practitioners and NYC icons Kenny Kenny and Susanne Bartsch, Ladyfag continues in the tradition of NYC nightlife royalty."

Photograph: Tod Seelie

Bright Nights: Photographs of Another New York

Seelie: "Callie W. crowd surfing during a Spank Rock show at Bodega in Bushwick, Brooklyn, 2009."


It’s not just election season: there are also plenty of cool things to do this fall in New York. Clear a space on your coffee table for three new photo books about NYC, including the popular Tumblr-turned-book Humans of New York. Plus, learn about the newly renovated Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park, which reopens after closing in June.

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Callie W. crowd surfing during a Spank Rock show at Bodega. Bushwick, Brooklyn, 2009

Bright Nights: Photographs of Another New York (Oct 14; Prestel, $34.95)

Take a good, hard look at the city’s gritty underground through the lens of photographer Tod Seelie. (If that names sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve seen his work in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Vice, Gothamist—basically everywhere.) This book compiles more than 150 of his snaps from the last 15 years, showing the renegade art and music scenes that Seelie moves in—the introduction was penned by Nonsense NYC editor Jeff Stark, and street artist Swoon and Japanther’s Ian Vanek contributed essays—as well as ugly-lovely urban landscapes showing abandoned spaces and burning cars.

Ms. Colombia has always embodied the energy and eccentricity of New York for me.  It's impossible to take a bad picture of her.

Humans of New York (Oct 15; St. Martin’s Press, $29.99)

There are more than 8 million people in this city, and Brandon Stanton has been photographing them since 2010. The street portraits are posted on his blog (humansofnewyork.com), which boasts nearly 1 million Tumblr and Facebook followers; many profiles are accompanied by quotes and anecdotes that let you peek for a split second into a fellow New Yorker’s life. Around four hundred touching, sad and funny profiles have been gathered into this hardcover, a cross section of the city’s diverse, quirky denizens. If you’re one of the blog’s many fans, mark your diary: Stanton will be making an appearance at Barnes & Noble Union Square on October 15 and the powerHouse Arena on October 22.

Ladyfag: Emerging from under the wing of seasoned nightlife practitioners and NYC icons Kenny Kenny and Susanne Bartsch, Ladyfag continues in the tradition of NYC nightlife royalty.

The Fun: The Social Practice of Nightlife in NYC (Nov 5; powerHouse Books, $39.95)

You can’t spell party without art, and this review—edited by Museum of Arts & Design public-programs director Jake Yuzna—looks at the intersection of the two worlds. In addition to profiles of the individuals (Earl Dax, Sophia Lamar, Ladyfag) and collectives (FCKNLZ, Silent Barn, Xtapussy) that enrich New York’s after-dark cultural landscape, the book also features experts—such as Michael Musto and Susanne Bartsch—weighing in on NYC’s ’80s and ’90s party scenes. Look out for MAD’s the Fun conference (Nov 8–10), a weekend of panel discussions and lectures on topics like nightlife regulation, online party promotion and the art of hosting, which coincides with the publication’s release.—Sarah Theeboom


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