New York’s Sassy 70s by Meryl Meisler

Carrying on our theme of New York in the 1970s, we have stumbled upon a brilliant collection of photos by Meryl Meisler of the disco scene in New York in the 1970s. At the time when the Big Apple was seemingly in decline with crime rising and drug epidemics emerging (as we touched on in our article of the Subways of New York ) a new underground dance scene was emerging and Meryl Meisler was in the midst of it all capturing the disco dance culture in it’s full form.

She managed to photograph some brilliant shots of famous faces in the most exclusive clubs of New York which show the scene in a very raw and raunchy way. Despite the negative view many had of New York during this time, Meryl Meisler’s photos accentuate the energy and buzz that surrounded the city. HEKKTA feels a little saddened by the increasing number of clubs and pubs being shut down at present and we long for movements like the disco scene of the 1970s.

Meisler’s collection brings out a slight feeling of envy at her being right in the heart of the scene and only serves to increase our fascination with the period. The excitement and energy of everyone involved, the glamour clashing with the grunge, the excess and intrigue. The limited documentation of the 1970s undergound scenes is what makes them so appealing to us here at HEKKTA. A secret world if you like. Some times when the future looks a little bleak it’s nice to look back and thanks to photos like Meryl Meisler’s, we can look back in style.

udith, Andy Warhol & Friends with Open Mouths, Studio 54 NY, June 1979 - Meryl Meisler

Judith, Andy Warhol & Friends with Open Mouths, Studio 54 NY, June 1979 – Meryl Meisler

Dance Trio, Studio 54 NY, July 1977

Dance Trio, Studio 54 NY, July 1977

GG's Barnum Room NY, December 1978

GG’s Barnum Room NY, December 1978

Grace Jones Arrives on Opening Night, La Farfalle NY, June 1978

Grace Jones Arrives on Opening Night, La Farfalle NY, June 1978

Steve Rubell and Halston on Easter Monday, Hurrah NY, March 1978

Steve Rubell (the co-owner of Studio 54) and Halston on Easter Monday, Hurrah NY, March 1978

Jive Guy on Williamsburg Subway, Brooklyn NY, March 1978 - Meryl Meisler

Jive Guy on Williamsburg Subway, Brooklyn NY, March 1978 – Meryl Meisler

Spreading Wings at the COYOTE Hookers Masquerade Ball, NY, February 1977 - Meryl Meisler

Spreading Wings at the COYOTE Hookers Masquerade Ball, NY, February 1977 – Meryl Meisler

Rejected from Studio 54 No No, Studio 54 NY

Rejected from Studio 54 No No, Studio 54 NY

The Village People @ The Grand Ballroom NY

The Village People @ The Grand Ballroom NY

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