Dig this LIFE gallery of the summer in New York back in 1969.
Spent the summer of '69 in basic training. Nice to know that someone was having fun.
Love those fashions in 1969!
reading a great book on this era of NYC history right now for anyone interested, highly recommended
3) Thanks for the suggestion, man!
Hot time, summer in the city; saw them at a Junior HS Prom in '67.... John Sebastion used a little plastic toy that kids used to strap on to their bikes to make 'em sound like motorcycles when the time came for the sound of the jackhammer.
3) I'm midway through the book right now and would agree with that assessment. Despite the peance and love movement, it was a grim time in many ways for the City, although I was hardly congnizant of it in 1969 as a teen growing up in a sheltered Italian neighborhood in the Bronx. Wasn't until two summers later when I started taking the El into the City regularly (Schafer concerts in Central Park; just $2 to see The Band!) and saw the devastation of the South Bronx (which building was burning today?), that I started to realize what was going on.
 Joe Jackson did a cool live cover version of that tune with his trio in NYC in 2000.
7) My favorite cover comes from Quincy.
 Yeah, the Lovin' Spoonful were a NYC band. They used to rehearse in the Hotel Albert on University & 10th and gigged at the Night Owl.
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