Shortly after I moved to New York, I found myself living in an amazing loft apartment on the Lower East Side. This was slightly before it became the “cool, hipster” place to be, and my parents were NOT happy with me living in this neighborhood. But I loved it! It felt like the real New York… complete with graffiti, authentic delis, and shopkeepers selling their wares by hanging them on the scaffolding outside their small shops. Unfortunately, most of this is gone now due to the gentrification that has washed over the LES in the last decade, replaced with Starbucks, posh hotels and condos, trendy restaurants, and loads of trustafarians.
My sweet photographer friend Liz, from Liz Godfrey Photography, came to the city from CT for a morning visit this past month. We met up at Grand Central and then headed down to the Lower East Side to walk around for a bit, before having lunch at The Dutch in SoHo (one of my favorite restaurants down there). Liz is a wonderful portrait artist, but had never played around with street photography before, (which is one of my favorite things to do), so we had a lot of fun wandering around with our cameras taking in the action. She shot some fantastic scenes! Keep clicking the links in this circle blog to find her post from our morning together 🙂
Psst! Now that you’ve wandered around the Lower East Side and SoHo with me (and Liz!), please go check out what the lovely and talented Julia Forsman has photographed this month in Turkey!