City Limits exists to show New York another side of itself, and over the past 40 years, a roster of talented photographers (joined, occasionally, by a not-so-talented editor who happened to be holding a camera) has helped capture the people and places we covered. Some of the photos below were found in our archives with little identifying information. Click on the “more” button to read the stories behind some of the shots.
Children at Camp Homeward Bound, an upstate summer camp for homeless kids.
Iliana Rodriguez couldn’t open a window, receive a visitor or turn on her stove without encountering a problem that her landlord should have fixed—despite her Bronx building being on the Public Advocate’s watch-list. (Adi Talwar)
At an 81st Precinct Council meeting, July 2010. (Marc Fader)
Rev. Al Sharpton in Crown Heights. (Andrew Lichtenstein)
From right to left: J. Santiago, Jeremy Fantauzzi and Oswaldo Mota share a laugh while hanging out on the corner of East 120th and Pleasant Avenue, 2011 (Marc Fader)
Tiffany Jones is legally a man but identifies as a woman. Thanks to a pioneering New York City policy, she was able to go to a women’s shelter when she became homeless. Were she to go to a men’s shelter, she claims, “I’d be beaten up or raped.” (Marc Fader)
Wall of Dreams on Liberty Island, 2002. (Mitsuhiro Shoji)
A year after losing a retail job, Jerome Mosley entered a job-training program for NYCHA residents. When we met him in 2011, he was making good money on a roofing project. (Marc Fader)
A shelter in Lenox Hill, January 1997. (Dietmar Liz-Leporiz)
Gathering water in the wake of Sandy, Coney Island, 2012. (Pearl Gabel)
Ruins of a building near Crotona Park. (Andrew Lambertson)
A mural in Bushwick, 2009. (J. Silberberg)
Julia Boyd and Andre “Smootch” Boyd at ACORN headquarters, 2000. (Gregory P. Mango)
Future Councilman John Liu protests the treatment of Wen Ho Lee, a scientist accused of leaking nuclear secrets.
Downtown Detroit, 2011 (Cybelle Codish) More
Landon Wickham and Jamel fix bikes, 1996.
Johnny Hincapie, incarcerated for a role in an infamous murder, seen in Sing Sing prison in 2010. His conviction was later overturned. (Marc Fader)
A cross erected on a lamppost in Bedford Park, the Bronx. The crosses are still there.
In an era when major bookselling chains like Borders and Barnes & Noble are struggling, independent Westsider Books—a narrow, split-level shop crammed floor to ceiling with used and rare volumes—somehow survives. (Marc Fader)
Martha Jones and Jeanette Zelhof of MFY Legal Services.
Frank A. Kotnick, Jr. president of the Glendale Civilian Patrol, gets a radio call while making his rounds one night in April. The Glendale group is one of several citizen anti-crime efforts that remain active. (Adi Talwar)
Corlandress Pittman at the Willard J. Price Houses in 1992.
Derek Vincent Kelly, grandson of fallen firefighter Capt. Vincent Fowler, in 2011. (Marc Fader)
Andrew Salmon, a general contractor who experienced unemployment in 2010, at the tail end of an economic downturn that saw historic spikes in black male job loss. (Colin Lenton)
Francena Brown of Springfield, Mass., lost her son to gun violence five years ago. (Marc Fader)
At the Harlem Children’s Zone’s Promise Academy, 2010. (Alice Proujansky)
Stacy Burnett plays with her son on the floor of the visitors’ room during a Mothers’ Day reunion at Albion Correctional Facility. (Patrick Egan)
Organized by the upstart Chinese Staff and Workers’ Association, Jing Fong workers claimed the restaurant had been stealing tips and shorting workers on overtime. In 1997, then New York State attorney general Dennis Vacco sued Jing Fong for $1.5 million
Craig Crimmins has applied for parole, and been denied, every two years since 2000 for a murder he committed in 1980. (Adi Talwar)
Mayor Edward I. Koch, Mr. T. and then-Department of Housing Preservation and Development commissioner Anthony Gliedman announcing the T-Force campaign to combat housing discrimination.
Graduation day, Bronx Community College, 2010. (Jarrett Murphy)
Beach 44th Street in 1990 and, below, today. The area was undergoing change before Sandy. It accelerated afterward.
A store on the corner of Lenox Avenue and 145th Street in what 1980 or so and again in 2012 (photo by Taleen Desdepanian). Since 1978, when real estate records indicate Mighty Jim Realty bought the property, more than the awning has changed. When Mighty Jim got the property, some $184,000 changed hands; in 2011 the assessed value of the building was more than $2 million. More
The guard tower at Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, one of the New York women’s prisons with what federal surveys said were high levels of sexual misconduct involving officers and inmates. (Marc Fader)
A woman at the senior center in NYCHA’s Kingsborough Houses, 2009. (Jarrett Murphy)
Players show the flaws in the synthetic field at Flushing Meadows Park, 2010. (Adi Talwar) More
Sensa Alomar and Elias Rodriguez, at a homeless shelter in the Highbridge neighborhood in the Bronx in June 1985. Their daughter, Sensa, is in the crib. (George Cohen) More: (see last page).