New York: Top 7 Vinyl locations

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Vinyl likes the sound of New York

In Vinyl, it’s not only the music that rules, but also the streets of New York. You can feel all the vibrations, a bit like browsing the pages of the New York guide to the 1000 cult places of films, series, music, comics and novels.

American Century Records

The offices of American Century Records actually occupied this superb art-deco building erected in 1930. It is here that the label has produced many stars and there was a time when the music of American youth was nicknamed “Brill Building Pop”. Even today, several music houses still have their premises here.

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Hoyt-Schermerhorn station

To reach the offices of America Century Records, Jamie Vine (Juno Temple) takes this subway station, where Martin Scorsese shot Michael Jackson’s video Bad. She swaps her purse with an identical one from a drug dealer.

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Max’s Kansas City

Between 1965 and 1981, this discotheque was a must for artists as well as politicians. Two attempts to revive it, Max II and Max III, failed. But the idea of the Max still survives, on the internet and decentrally in the city, in the form of events and a foundation to support young artists. In the series, the place is visible on several occasions, notably when Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) tries to get in and gets in trouble at the entrance with Andy Warhol, whose Factory was right next door. Or when Devon Finestra (Olivia Wilde) photographs John Lennon there.

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In the show, it’s still just a vague biker bay where Richie secretly meets FBI agents. In the last episode, the owner tells him that he plans to change the name and the look of his bar, to give concerts there. The CBGB (Country, BlueGrass and Blues) became famous from 1973 thanks to punk rock and was after 1980 a mecca for hardcore punk. Many bands have performed there: the Ramones, Television, Patti Smith, Blondie… The club closed after a Patti Smith concert in 2006. A boutique of the luxury designer John Varvatos moved into the walls in 2007. The graffiti has been preserved and the inscription “CBGB 73” is visible in the concrete outside.

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1520 Sedgwick avenue

When his driver takes this street due to a traffic diversion, Richie Finestra hears unknown music. And for good reason, this one comes from the building of DJ Kool Herc, the creator of hip-hop. When he asks for more information, we try to sell him drugs first. Recognizing him, Lester Grimes (Ato Essandoh) tells him he has no business being here.

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The Cyclone

Episode 6 is called Cyclone, the name of the mythical wooden roller coaster in Astroland Park, now Luna Park, on Coney Island. This is where Richie Finestra and his friends were in a car accident. The hot dog that Ernst claims throughout the episode comes from the iconic Nathan’s famous, right next door.

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Mercer Arts Center / The Kitchen

In the series, the building collapses at the end of the pilot, during a New York Dolls concert. The Mercer Art Center really collapsed in 1973, killing four people, but it wasn’t during a Dolls concert! The Kitchen, a multi-disciplinary arts venue that is part of the centre, has survived but has since moved (512 West 19th St).

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NEW YORK map of 100 cult places (French Edition)

The New York Fantrippers map, an original way to discover the Big Apple! Through 100 pop culture places, walk its streets from another angle. Movies, TV shows, music, comics and novels, will allow you to spend a pleasant moment in the World City. With a folded format of 10 x 18 cm and 60 x 54 cm unfolded, it slips easily into your pocket or your bag to be consulted easily.

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By Anthony Thibault

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

From the "Casimir generation", Anthony has kept (in addition to a passion for Goldorak) a taste for inventive images, experimentation and curiosity. Passionate about travel and pop culture, he co-founded Fantrippers with Nicolas Albert to share his passion with as many people as possible.

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