|LIFE cover, Jan. 12, 1962|
They first appeared in New York in 1961, and two years later, there were around 18,000 shelters in the city ‒ although most were simply basements, and not stocked with any emergency supplies. In reality, they would have done little or nothing to protect residents from fallout, so their presence was really more psychologically comforting than anything else.
Shelter in The Cloister, abutting The Manor
Shelter in No. 25, now a service entrance
Edie Sedgwick on the Sharansky Steps, beneath No. 45's sign, 1967.
The Woodstock's 42nd Street sign is the best maintained of them all.