Photo by myself around Ninth Avenue and West 13th Street, in the Meatpacking District.
This part of town has become filled with large expensive clothing boutiques and large bar/restaurants that stay open very late. Many old metal canopies still exist, leftover from an earlier time.
The Meatpacking District used to be gritty, authentic and quirky. Parts are still quirky but seem to be almost preserved under glass. Many residents have long been priced out of the neighborhood.
I hope no one ever paints over the graffiti.
I cannot resist posting a link to New York Magazine's coverage of a street fight between a pedicab driver and cab driver. There's also video of the entire incident, which took place in the middle of a busy Midtown street. Incredible!
Click here for the short article and video.
Related posts: Meatpacking District in Black and White, Art for the Masses and Abandoned Lot, East Village.