Photo by myself on St. Mark's Place, a very popular hang-out for the kids in the East Village.
This street has become more sanitized and gentrified, believe it or not. The neighborhood is active at all hours. At bars and music venues nearby, you can catch emerging bands for a modest cover charge.
Though you can still get piercings, t-shirts and tattoos, the vibe here has become more Hello Kitty recently.
Last night I happened upon an inspiring source of images from New York, in the Times, no less. The paper has taken advantage of their online format, in that they're no longer limited to a certain number of printed pages.
The series 1-in-8 million shows interviews and photo-essays of regular New Yorkers. It's a fascinating, striking view into the lives of all sorts of people.
The black and white photos are superb, as are the stories of these New Yorkers, told in their own voices. Meet a precocious high school cheerleader who studies several languages, or a gentleman who works with mens suiting at Saks Fifth Avenue. There's a 90-year old woman who makes mozzarella cheese in Williamsburg and a man who's owned a drugstore on the Lower East Side for 40 years.
Each person is so remarkable and beautifully presented, I wish I could meet them in person.
An interview with a new New Yorker is added each week. I'm completely hooked.
Related posts: Buying in Bulk, Tis the Season and Shopping on St. Mark's Place.