In 1972, Shelly Nadelman began a ten-year run bartending at one of New York City's most notorious dives: the Terminal Bar, across the street from the Port Authority Bus Terminal. A gifted amateur photographer, Nadelman took the opportunity to ply his craft during his shifts. He shot thousands of black-and-white photographs, mostly portraits of his customers: neighborhood regulars, drag queens, thrill-seeking tourists, Midtown office workers dropping by before catching a bus home to the suburbs, pimps and prostitutes-all of whom found welcome and a respite at the Terminal Bar.This extraordinary archive remained unseen for twenty years until his son Stefan rescued the collection, creating first a documentary film, then this book. Featuring five hundred photographs accompanied by reminiscences in Shelly Nadelman's inimitable voice, The Terminal Bar will appeal to everyone interested in the bygone era of Times Square and 1970s New York.
Sheldon (Shelly) Nadelman bought his first and only Pentax camera in 1969 and enrolled in the Institute of Photography, where he learned the basics of shooting and printing. During the decade from 1972 to 1982, he worked as a bartender at the Terminal Bar, across the street from New York's Port Authority bus terminal, taking thousands of photographs of the notorious dive's interior and clientele. He still takes photographs with the same 35mm camera, and has lived in East Brunswick, New Jersey, with his family since 1975.