TERMINAL BAR

70s Times Square Pimps and Prostitutes

From 1972 to 1982, Sheldon Nadelman (now 80!) worked as a bartender at the “roughest bar in town”—Terminal Bar, directly across from the Port Authority. When he wasn’t pouring drinks, Nadelman was taking photographs of his patrons. He had good material: as one regular put it, “through these doors pass some of the most miserable people on Earth.” Over 10 years, Nadelman made more than 1,500 black and white portraits of bouncers and boxers, actors and cooks, businesspeople and hustlers that have been digitized by his son Stefan.

Sheldon Nadelman captured images of New Yorkers while working at Terminal Bar in a neighborhood described as dirtiest wildest and toughest
Sheldon Nadelman captured images of New Yorkers while working at Terminal Bar in a neighborhood described as ”the dirtiest, wildest and toughest” of all.
Nadelman, whose thousands of photos have been digitized by his son Stefan, watched as pimps and prostitutes gathered outside of his bar
Nadelman watched as pimps and prostitutes gathered outside of his bar
Prostitutes hid behind newsstands and trash cans to avoid being seen. Reflections in the bar windows show pictures of boxers hung on the walls.
Prostitutes hid behind newsstands and trash cans to avoid being seen. Reflections in the bar windows show pictures of boxers hung on the walls.
The trash can outside of Terminal on 41st Street and 8th Avenue that Nadelman often photographed played a supporting role in the stories of many passersby
The trash can outside of Terminal on the corner played a supporting role in the stories of many passersby.
Nadelman's hundreds of photographs from the 1970s and early 1980s capture the mood and fashion of a New York in Midtown Manhattan that no longer exists
Nadelman’s hundreds of photographs from the 1970s and early 1980s capture the mood and fashion of a New York in Midtown Manhattan that no longer exists.
Photos taken from behind the bar at Terminal Bar, a 41st Street and 8th Avenue watering hole open until 1982, show a side of Times Square that has disappeared in the glare of Coca Cola advertisements
Photos taken from behind the bar at Terminal Bar, a 41st Street and 8th Avenue watering hole open until 1982, show a side of Times Square that has disappeared in the glare of Coca Cola advertisements.

Thirty years later, his son, animator Stefan Nadelman, created Terminal Bar, a funky documentary based on the photos. Featuring an interview with Sheldon, the film looks back at ’70s New York, now long gone.

Terminal Bar won the Sundance Jury Prize in 2003, but it only skimmed the trove of images. Now, Stefan Nadelman has been at work on a series of shorter vignettes. In the one above, Sheldon tells stories about the pimps and prostitutes that hung out at the bar. “I have pictures of pimps,” he says, “most of them were winos, and most of the girls were on something.”

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