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.