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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Making Deals on 47th Street, The Diamond District

Moving, Shaking
Photo by myself on 47th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, in Midtown

The Diamond District is comprised of one block in Midtown, lined with retailers of gemstones and pawn shops.

People stand outside each store, watching for passersby and making deals. It's not clear what is being said or done, but there is a constant, underlying energy.

The retail stores are filled with little booths and smaller stores inside. In addition to diamonds, you can also find platinum, gold, gemstones and pearls. If you are shopping, you can trade some of your jewelry in as part of the deal.

Most of the workers on the sidewalks and in the booths are men, for whatever reason. Traditionally too, there are many Orthodox Jews in this business. One man in the center is wearing a fur hat and overcoat, the other is wearing a yarmulke.

The last time I tried taking photos on this block, I was confronted by a store worker. Maybe he thought I was planning a robbery? It looks like chaos but people are very watchful on this street.

For more information about the Diamond District, visit the website for the neighborhood here.

Related posts: Moving and Shaking, The Diamond District, Lost in a Crowd, Midtown and Fighting the Crowds in Midtown.

7 comments:

Olivier said...

j'aime bien tes photos de "New York Street", un sport national à NYC ;)

www.dissign.com said...

I'd like to be there too...

Lily Hydrangea said...

I hate to admit this but I'm a sucker for diamonds & I love the romantic notion of there being a 'diamond district'. I'm glad this part of Manhattan has survived.

Joanne said...

i love this area, fascinating!

Ken Mac said...

the district shows up in a couple great movies, before the devil knows your dead, marathon man...a place of energy all right!

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