Response to 20 Things New Yorkers Older Than 40 Did:
Find it hard to believe anyone under 40 could remember subway tokens, graffittied cars, pre-gentrification East Village, Soho, or Williamsburg, and many of the things on this list. I mean, some of you are posting about stuff that is still there - B&H, Theatre 80 - obviously you don’t need to be old to remember stuff that is actually still around. C’mon, the idea is that you are old enough to have done EVERY one of these things (although Billy’s Topless, maybe not, depending on your preferences).
If you are interested, visit www.bartitsu.org - the international Bartitsu Society is the source of many of these historic images. The writer very obviously took several of these images from our Bartitsu Club of NYC slide show presentation last night, which is great - we want people to know about this topic - but it all started with the Bartitsu School of Arms in 1899, so check out Bartitsu if you are interested in the history of Jiu Jitsu in the Western world.