On a recent Sunday afternoon, Mark Faurer, a New York
City cab driver, led a museum curator and a reporter on a tour of
historic Times Square. Strolling down Broadway, Mr. Faurer pointed out
the sites of onetime attractions like the Planters store near 47th
Faurer, 67, has come to know the city inside out
in his 33 years as a cabby, but his memories of this long-gone version
of Times Square go back even farther. His father, the photographer Louis
Faurer, who died in 2001, was an ardent chronicler of New York street
life, and often took Mark on his rounds as a child. In the 1960s the
elder Faurer sometimes asked his son to join him as he shot a silent
film called "Time Capsule," mainly on the streets of Times Square.
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