THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: New York: in search of the city’s darker side

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The subway at 125th Street - close to the spot where Lou Reed waited for his man

The Velvet Underground was a band that mined a seamier side of New York. Now, a new guide has unearthed the locations where they made waves.

Chris Leadbeater writes:  The corner of East 125th Street and Lexington Avenue is not one of the most salubrious locations in New York. Wait here on an early summer’s evening and – if you do not find yourself knocked over by the constant stream of people bubbling up from the 125th Street metro subway station, where the 4, 5 and 6 lines rumble in from the Upper East Side of Manhattan – you can glimpse a version of the Big Apple that is rather shorn of glamour.

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