Feb 10, 2014

Demolition Men's Headquarters, 38 Ferry Street

The Destruction of Lower Manhattan

Demolition Men's Headquarters, 38 Ferry Street


Danny Lyon

(American, 1942-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 30.9 x 24.4 cm (12 3/16 x 9 5/8 in.); Paper: 35.5 x 27.7 cm (14 x 10 7/8 in.); Matted: 50.4 x 40.2 cm (19 13/16 x 15 13/16 in.)

Gift of George Stephanopoulos 2013.138



In his book The Destruction of Lower Manhattan, Lyon described the demolition men, or “housewreckers,” as “Slavs, Italians, blacks from the South, American workers of 1967 drinking pop-top soda on their beams at lunchtime, risking their lives for $5.50 an hour, pulling apart brick by brick and beam by beam the work of other American workers who once stood on the same walls and held the same bricks, then new, so long ago.”

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