#17: Josh in Times Square

So long, Sucker

Old Times Square was at the brink of extinction and my job was done. The finale of this series.

#16: Old Flesh Agents

OLD FLESH AGENTS

Irv Charnoff and Jess Mack were the last remaining vaudeville/burlesque booking agents in 1984. They mourned the decline of wholesome American show-biz, as it devolved into pornography.

#15: Gentle with the Girls

FREEING THE NIPPLE FROM SALES TAX

Al Kronish, one of the Melody Burlesk’s owners, was the first CPA to do tax returns for porn stars. Under constant legal harassment from the city, he kept Times Square’s last bastion of old burlesque open and spread-eagled.

(All photos by Don Demcsik for Tales of Times Square)

#14: The Life

TIMES SQUARE CLEANS UP FOR PORN REBORN

No sooner than the neighborhood rid itself of filth, pimps and whores came dancing back into the hearts of Broadway. Composer Cy Coleman and writer David Newman discuss their hit musical in 1997.