Saturday, July 15, 2006

The Lower East Side

Recently I decided to visit the Lower East Side (LES) to see how much the neighborhood had changed since my friend Philip moved out in 2000. Most of these photos are taken in and around Clinton Street where Philip lived with his sweet and adorable dog Willow. The foot of the Williamsburg bridge has a Papaya store. I wonder if Philip ever ate here? I don't see myself visiting this place in the middle of the night to see if it is really opened 24 hrs. I guess the Blue Laws are in effect as these places were closed last Sunday. This kid is watching the World Cup. There are still afordable places to rent, although I would take out several insurance policies before I moved here.I believe this is the site where Philip's apartment building was. Recently they tore it down and are now building condos that start @ $600,000 for studios. This is right around the corner. $1,000,000 condos. Gentrification is alive and slowly pushing the Lower to Middle Class out of the City.

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Anonymous Philip said...

Wow, that's so cool. I'm honored. I didn't go down to the old block for many years. It wasn't until last year when my friends bought a place just south of where I used to live, below Delancey that I finally walked on Clinton Street again. Btw, my building was #23, which is still there. It's next door to the construction you took a picture of (#23 is to the left of the construction if you are facing the buildings). The building they are constructing was where my laundromat was. I don't miss that neighborhood at all. It's still so noisy and dirty. It's not dangerous, unless you factor in the buildings falling down from decades of disrepair. But it's not the place I imagine living after I finish school. Still, it was such a good deal and I had my own lease and was able to live in Manhattan. What a coup it was!

I really miss the 13th Street apartment the most I think. Even with the walk-up, it was so centrally located and the funkiness of the railroad walk-through layout.

And no I never ate at the Papaya store, but I did shop on Delancey Street often. So many bargains it was an amazing treasure trove of impulse buys on a budget!

Thanks for the nod Hughie. You are so wonderful!

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