NYC

Mean Streets

 

There is this unexplainable nostalgic, 1970's, Mean Streets aura that the city of New York has that really cant be seen in any other city. As you talk to a lot of old heads, the city has changed so much in the past 30 years, it is basically unrecognizable. If you are walking around the Lower East Side and look at the scene at eye level, it looks like a new born city. Once you tilt your eyes upward towards the sky and look at the architecture, the history of NYC still stands deep in those walls of the buildings.

I started off on 11th street and made my way down to the Lower East Side later on into the night. There was this billiard bar on 11th street that I always used to pass my first summer in NYC and loved the ambience and the way the lights looked at night.

And of course, the infamous Va$htie DJ spot on Thursday nights and the only reason why I know what Webster Hall is. 

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I started to drift deeper into the lower numbers, ran into a chicken wings spot for a quick pit stop. I'm sure if you've made your way around this region, you can name a lot of these places. The famous Katz's Delicatessen, Goodfellas Pizza joint, etc.

LES, I thank you.

Uptown

The extension of Manhattan that holds the most culture that these buildings walls could ever have seen. From the Renaissance to the riots, so much history of this area can never be told in a short blog post. I lived on 143rd and broadway when I first officially moved up to New York City, and there is something about it I miss everyday. Legends call Harlem home and its a part of the city that people have seen the most change. You'll always hear that "Harlem is not like it used to be, it's changed so much." Some say it is for the bad, some say it's for the good; but in all, hopefully it can be a place I call home again. 

Harlem, I thank you.

You Got My Back, I Got Yours

This was one of the first nights that I grabbed my new camera and took it out for a test. I headed to the "First Saturday's" at the Brooklyn Museum with my good friend Chidi. It is free admission and they bring in live performing artist from the NYC area to showcase their music. The feel an aura I got from the vibe presented itself in a very monochromatic way so it was only right that I went B&W. It was the first time I seen the famous KAWS statues but it gave a different feel then the cliche "take a picture in front of the KAWS statues." I saw a deeper sign then what is really shown to the eye.

The museum showcases a lot of beautiful art and the feel for them truly comes out of the artwork. Enjoy.

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