Blogging...The New York Times Then and Now

Blogging...The New York Times Then and Now

Sonia Zjawinski
Jan 5, 2009

During our break the New York Times published a piece looking at the renovations of founder of the ABS clothing line, Allen B. Schwartz's Manhattan apartment. The piece showed photos from both the late 1970s, when Schwartz originally remodeled the space, and its current incarnation. What we love is that, even in the late 1970s, Schwartz was quite the geek. Above is a photo of his living room circa '79, which featured carpeted stadium seating, a mammoth TV and neon strips running along the wall. "Big screens had just come in, and the family room," he told the Times. "The whole focus was to put in some bleachers. People would come over and you'd rent a movie — in 1979 it was cool to rent a movie. I was always a very trendy guy. I just thought it was very cool."

After the jump a few more before and after photos featuring some of the old and new tech Schwartz included in his home...

Schwartz's living room post extreme makeover.
Schwartz's kitchen. Check out the TV in the back. Was he the first to bring TVs into the kitchen?
Kitchen now.
Bedroom '79
Bedroom '09

Images: Eddie Hausner and Fred R. Conrad for The New York Times

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