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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Pasted Up in the Meatpacking District

Meatpacking District, NYC
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.

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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.

9 comments:

Olivier said...

superbe ce mur en hommage a Wahrol, je note l'adresse je viendrais faire des photos

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WTakeuchi said...

Hi Kitty. Very nice graffiti.

Lily Hydrangea said...

Oh I hope they don't paint over the graffiti too.
The funniest part of the video link was at the end when one onlooker yells "Taxi" as if hailing the cab and then chuckles loudly. Thanks for sharing that, very funny!

Ken Mac said...

i remember when Meatpacking district was full of real meat and transvestite hookers, which I prefer to Stella McCartney. Heck, they even ran out the one useful store, Bodum.

streetartchristchurchnz said...

Ooohhh...is that Charlie Chaplin with a paint bucket? Cool!

otautahi outrospective said...

Ah, New York...never a dull moment! Thanks for the link Kitty.
Live IS Wonderful!

GlenwoodNYC said...

I agree--leave the graffiti alone. The photographs you have up are a bit like time machines, for they seem to capture the gritty and the quirky aspects you mention.

Love the post, and blog. Keep it up.

fishwithoutbicycle said...

Ah I hate what the Meatpacking District has become, it's like a Sex & The City parody of New York, I avoid the neighborhood as much as I can, although I do love Chelsea Market on the periphery.

That's so funny about the cabbie and the pedi-cab driver. As a pedestrian who walks 6miles round trip every day I find my daily encounters with both to be equally obnoxious!!