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Mel Rosenthal
In the 1970s, inner cities all over the United States were disintegrating. One of the areas worst hit was the South Bronx, which was being burnt down at a staggering rate. During this period photographer Mel Rosenthal (1940-) worked in a neighborhood of the Bronx targeted by city officials to become an enterprise zone, an area where factories would be built and their owners given special tax privileges. The area was also where Rosenthal grew up.
A poster in an evening demonstration (against violence and drug use) featuring a silhouette of a long knife and pictures of syringes

A poster in an evening demonstration (against violence and drug use) featuring a silhouette of a long knife and pictures of syringes


People marching: poster saying "South Bronx for Change".

People marching: poster saying "South Bronx for Change".


Near Bathgate Avenue and East 173rd Street.

Near Bathgate Avenue and East 173rd Street.


Storefronts on East 173rd Street. One with a German Shepard behind the roll-down gate.

Storefronts on East 173rd Street. One with a German Shepard behind the roll-down gate.


Young girl at a fire hydrant on the sidewalk

Young girl at a fire hydrant on the sidewalk


Priest and teens on sidewalk with African- American woman walking by

Priest and teens on sidewalk with African- American woman walking by


Junior high school student, Bathgate Avenue.

Junior high school student, Bathgate Avenue.


Among the Last Residents, Mother and daughter, East 173rd Street

Among the Last Residents, Mother and daughter, East 173rd Street


Venerable architecture of the period, slated for destruction, Bathgate Avenue and East 173rd Street

Venerable architecture of the period, slated for destruction, Bathgate Avenue and East 173rd Street


Deserted, desolated buildings: "War Zone"

Deserted, desolated buildings: "War Zone"


"Racial Attacks Must Stop", South Bronx residents speak up with a sign

"Racial Attacks Must Stop", South Bronx residents speak up with a sign


South of Cross Bronx Expressway, decals belie the truth of destruction for suburban commuters.

South of Cross Bronx Expressway, decals belie the truth of destruction for suburban commuters.

Decals in windows of deserted building hide the truth and portray a false picture of domestic tranquility....

Paulina in front of the Social Club before it got demolished.

Paulina in front of the Social Club before it got demolished.


The daily domino game in front of the Social Club

The daily domino game in front of the Social Club


Candido with neighborhood kids

Candido with neighborhood kids

Candido lived in abandoned stores after his building burned down. I was told he was an excellent auto...

Large, four foot, poster on the side of a building.

Large, four foot, poster on the side of a building.

It says,"Every American Ought to Know What It Says" and depicts a nurse reading a book entitled, "The...

Teens clean up the rubble in order to create a neighborhood garden.

Teens clean up the rubble in order to create a neighborhood garden.


Doll laying in empty lot filled with rubble

Doll laying in empty lot filled with rubble


Mel Rosenthal in his old bedroom in the South Bronx

Mel Rosenthal in his old bedroom in the South Bronx


Fourth of July, hanging out on the stoop of their apartment house

Fourth of July, hanging out on the stoop of their apartment house


South Bronx site of the 1980 "People's Convention" in opposition to the Democratic Party's nominating convention downtown

South Bronx site of the 1980 "People's Convention" in opposition to the Democratic Party's nominating convention downtown

The US military leaving the island of Vieques is advocated on the white banner.

Girls posing in front of the Junior High School on Third Avenue

Girls posing in front of the Junior High School on Third Avenue


Paulina and her dog, Bathgate Avenue

Paulina and her dog, Bathgate Avenue


African-American congregation in front of church.

African-American congregation in front of church.


Cambodian Buddhist Monastery in the South Bronx

Cambodian Buddhist Monastery in the South Bronx


Cambodian children in the South Bronx.

Cambodian children in the South Bronx.

Cambodian immigrants placed in abandoned apartment building in the South Bronx by the well-meaning charity...

The man had left the neighborhood years ago, but came back for drinks every Friday evening

The man had left the neighborhood years ago, but came back for drinks every Friday evening


[Young man dancing at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

[Young man dancing at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

Printed from a photograph taken on August 22, 1999.

[Women hugging and clapping at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

[Women hugging and clapping at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

Printed from a photograph taken on August 22, 1999.

[Women pinning gold coins to bride's dress at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

[Women pinning gold coins to bride's dress at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

Printed from a photograph taken on August 22, 1999.

[Groom's mother guarding the wedding cakes at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

[Groom's mother guarding the wedding cakes at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

Printed from a photograph taken on August 22, 1999.

[Groom in a traditional dance at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

[Groom in a traditional dance at a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

Printed from a photograph taken on August 22, 1999.

[Bride in a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

[Bride in a Palestinian wedding at Widdi's Catering Hall.]

Printed from a photograph taken on August 22, 1999.

Debbie Almontaser with photograph of son Yousif

Debbie Almontaser with photograph of son Yousif


"Missing from WTC - Floor 104"

"Missing from WTC - Floor 104"


Palestinian woman with flag

Palestinian woman with flag


Young girl with crossed candles

Young girl with crossed candles


Man holding American flag

Man holding American flag


"Mourn the victims, stand for peace"

"Mourn the victims, stand for peace"


B & B Electronics Store Owner with children, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

B & B Electronics Store Owner with children, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Printed from a photograph taken in 1999.

A Fitting at Four Golden Needles

A Fitting at Four Golden Needles

Printed from a photograph taken in 1999.

Egyptian-American Rug Dealer

Egyptian-American Rug Dealer


Police Officer Richard Khalaf, a Yemenite American, on duty in Washington Square shortly before being promoted to Sergeant

Police Officer Richard Khalaf, a Yemenite American, on duty in Washington Square shortly before being promoted to Sergeant


Selling Grains at a Grocery Store

Selling Grains at a Grocery Store


Dr. Al Quasi at work at the Wellness Center for Arab Women

Dr. Al Quasi at work at the Wellness Center for Arab Women


Filmmaker

Filmmaker

Printed from a photograph taken in 1999.

The Graduate

The Graduate

Printed from a photograph taken in 1999.

Iraqi Muslim Girl in ESL Class

Iraqi Muslim Girl in ESL Class

Printed from a photograph taken in 1999.

Girls in hijabs at Al Noor School

Girls in hijabs at Al Noor School


Muslim children at prayer time during Eid ul-Fitr at the end of Ramadan, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Muslim children at prayer time during Eid ul-Fitr at the end of Ramadan, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn


Men and boys at prayer time during Eid ul-Fitr at the end of Ramadan, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Men and boys at prayer time during Eid ul-Fitr at the end of Ramadan, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn


A Friendly Greeting between Josef Thalem and Muhaideen Batah

A Friendly Greeting between Josef Thalem and Muhaideen Batah


Baking delicacies at International Gourmet Delight

Baking delicacies at International Gourmet Delight


B & B Electronics Owner, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with photographs of himself in Jerusalem before emigration

B & B Electronics Owner, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, with photographs of himself in Jerusalem before emigration

Printed from a photograph taken in 1999.

Girl on roller blades, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Girl on roller blades, Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

Printed from a photograph taken in 1999.

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