"Hoboken, a mile-square patch on the waterfront in Hudson County, New Jersey, was once a brawling German sailors’ town, and back then it retained a bit of that atmosphere, mostly in its bars. It also hosted the memory of Frank Sinatra--embalmed there even when he was still alive--as well as whole clans of Appalachian migrants, a class of people you didn’t often see elsewhere in the metropolitan area. Hoboken could remind you of On the Waterfront, parts of which were filmed there, or it could remind you of Walker Evans photographs, of industrial Pennsylvania or blighted Alabama depending on the particular block. Until developers happened upon it, Hoboken was a tranquil place, as homey as a dirt yard and as concentrated as a sitcom setting, with its main drag lined with mysterious storefronts full of oddities, open whenever the proprietors woke up during daylight hours, and its town hall surrounded by benches where slumbered the ancients, the city’s collective memory."Barone’s photographs catch the distinctive silence of the era, its somnolence, its vague menace--unspecified, sometimes, even after it had kicked you in the head and taken the six bucks in your pocket--and its weather."
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