Photo by myself around West and Vestry Streets, on the West Side.
You can just imagine this scene in older times, when the streets were paved with cobblestone, and New York was a thriving port city.
West Street is part of the West Side Highway, which runs along the western edge of Manhattan. If you're driving on this road, pay attention. The exits come fast and furious. Before you know it, you've whipped around the island and you're on the East Side.
The above warehouse building was probably renovated into very nice apartments. The original shutters are made of iron.
This building has a moat around it, and I'm not sure why. Perhaps after it was built, the level of the ground around it was raised? Many areas of Lower Manhattan, such as Battery Park City, was added as landfill in the 1980s.
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