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Classic NYC Album Cover Locations (Photo Essay)

Written by: Chris Epting

Walking around Greenwich Village, midtown and other Manhattan neighborhoods, don’t be surprised if some landmarks jump out at you. You knew them back when, when liner notes and gatefold covers changed your life…

  •  Gem Spa, Southeast corner of St. Marks Place and Second Avenue 

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The New York Dolls posed here for the back of their debut album in 1973. Still the best egg cream in town at the Gem Spa.

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  • 150-158 East 36th Street

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The artwork for the legendary 1967 Doors album Strange Days was shot here at Sniffen Court, replete with jugglers, mimes and strongmen.

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  • Southwest corner of 23rd street and Eighth Avenue, looking north

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Photographer Bob Gruen brought KISS here one day one day in 1975 and even let Gene Simmons borrow his wife’s clogs.

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  • 124 East 24th Street

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In 1966 the Rolling Stones dressed in drag for the sleeve of their single Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, Standing in the Shadow.

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2 Responses to Classic NYC Album Cover Locations (Photo Essay)

  1. rgordon Reply

    February 6, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Here’s another NYC Album Cover location, although a bit more cultish/obscure… Aztec Two-Step’s self-titled 1972 debut on Elektra… Photographed in the West Village on the stoops in front of 14 & 16 Gay Street.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9Gm9drd8Wc

  2. Bungendore Nitpicker Reply

    February 6, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Trivia buffs will know 96 – 98 St Marks (Physical Graffiti) was also where the Stones shot the video for Waiting on a Friend

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