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Old June 2nd, 2010, 03:28 PM   #1
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where First and Third Worlds meet

Brick Lane Market, May 2010

Brick Lane is one of 5 huge interconnected markets packing in hundreds of thousands every Sunday in Tower Hamlets, one of the poorest, densest areas in London. A hub of Bangladeshi, creative, and student communities it's said there are more artists living here than anywhere else in the world (though from rising rents seems they've all moved onto Hackney and Berlin). Still, they get lured back every market day.

It's said gritty old London is where the First World and Third World meet, this would be the epicentre.



Nb: Only Brick Lane Market (junk, stolen goods) and Upmarket (food, crafts and vintage) is covered here - theres also Columbia Rd market (flowers), Whitechapel (Bengali goods), Spitalfields (posh clothes n crafts), Petticoat Lane (cheap tat).

Sit back, play n njoi... Hope you like em You may have to refresh the page to see all the pix




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Every Sunday the streets are transformed as thousands set up stalls or bedsheets loaded with tat, second hand clothes, stolen goods, food and art on hundreds of plots.


1991 is BACK



This girl setting up right outside some people's front door





street art everywhere, this the original breeding ground of Banksy way back, and endless imitators (-who really nicked the idea off Paris)




Vying for space and attention so much- they fade into background




Everything's for sale, from junk to karaoke to sex (a red light area operates round the corner)





...and a whole load of streetfood from every conceivable place- Ghanaian, Brazilian, Eritrean, Mauritian, Lao, Peruvian, Russian, Tibetan, Catalan, Kurdish, Grenadan. This is the Japanese octopus ball stall.





by the mid noughties massive bars started opening up in the industrial buildings, and the place got that commercial makeover - the carparks sometimes turn into beaches. This is a big place for drinking (and drugs), so the edge still remains, despite the dandies.






The streetlife is a photographers dream, haunt of art students and nerdy cameramen (like me)



Everywhere you go people sitting on the pavements

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A few locals still brave it every weekend. The centuries old Jewish community here preceded the Bengalis.



this residential street round the corner from the food stalls doubles as the only place to eat, houses behind are over 200 years old



The Jamme Masjid is the world's only building that was a Church, synagogue, Methodist chapel and finally a mosque. Round the corner is the big Spitalfields Church, the only major landmark with ancient sidestreets once home to French silkweavers




Anyone can sell, the local police tolerate a lack of trading licences, here and only here



This felt weird, people were huddling together, then shouting - it seemed like some deal was going on...



Despite all the business there's always an element of history and grit



the arty crew (aka as Hoxton Twats) slowly give way to Brick Lane proper, the haunt of curry houses and the 'real' locals, the Bangladeshi community that first came here 150 years ago.



Tsingtao beer


trendy shops slot into local ones


visitor versus local, the guy on the right works an Islamic leaflet stall. The community hails from Sylhet, looked down on by other Bengalis as the poor, street-talkin characters of home - but who fit right in with the East End stereotype of duckin n a divin, doin a deal -innit geezer. Despite their dress theyre as Cockney as you can get.


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Old June 2nd, 2010, 03:31 PM   #2
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old fashioned sweetie stall does a roaring trade, the Bangla boys behind sneaking a drink at the one corner of the street



Bike town, if you get yours nicked anywhere in the city chances are youll find/ buy it back here on Sunday



Banglatown end is filled with curry houses - locals flee every market day, but enough colour survives
in the flash of shalwar kameez and retro clash



Touts pull in the punters with deals and cheap booze- but the curries have changed to their tastes. Nowadays the authentic stuff has to be
found off Whitechapel way.



The Truman brewery was once London's largest, it now becomes an alley cramming it with drinkers, shoppers and gallery ghosts




This leads to a vast concrete carpark, filled with seating and surrounded by huge bars and guerilla art:



and blank alleyways, full of loiterers



Mexican wrestling masks everywhere, I saw several stalls, most didnt want their pix taken - the guy on this stall kept hiding behind a sheet of paper















seating options







Girl talking LOUD







shops have taken to leaving benches out front in spirit of the loiterers, people still prefer the pavement tho'






...but some irresistible




More later folks...
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Old June 2nd, 2010, 08:03 PM   #3
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Wow... amazing pictures of Brick Lane / Spitalfields. I love the grittiness and the architecture of the area.

Everyone seems so fashionable.
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Old June 2nd, 2010, 08:29 PM   #4
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Wow, so many beautiful people...
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Old June 2nd, 2010, 10:18 PM   #5
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Enjoyed it very very much! thanks
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 04:32 AM   #6
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it's like hipster-ville!
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 07:13 AM   #7
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It´s the most interesting place I saw here! And weird too...Altough is indeed full of beautiful people.

Thanks for showing and keep them coming
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Old June 3rd, 2010, 07:00 PM   #8
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Very nice, really amazing thanks for sharing
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Great thread, one of my favourite spots in London!
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Old June 5th, 2010, 10:01 PM   #10
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Old June 6th, 2010, 12:33 AM   #11
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nice one spliff fairy - i always click your threads first.

There will be plenty of people viewing this thread but not commeting - dont forget that (keep em coming)!
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I wish the poorest areas of my country looked like this.
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Old June 6th, 2010, 06:43 AM   #13
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One of the most (if the the most) multicultural spot in London. Everyone's so trendy.

London's cosmopolitanism in its pure form. And what a great place to buy a few bargains.

Congratulations for the thread!
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Old June 6th, 2010, 11:55 AM   #14
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This looks great!!
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Cool place, very interesting pictures!
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Old June 6th, 2010, 12:24 PM   #16
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Is any possible to see more photos into this thread?
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a lovely thread... i go to browse in some of my city photography i took for similar material
its an amazing thread!
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Old June 6th, 2010, 12:59 PM   #18
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Just waiting for the next page to stick the next pics up, otherwise too many pix and they wont all load
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In that case, let me help you with another post because I can't wait. Probably the best thread about street scenes i've seen on ssc!!
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nice pics. think we need to see more of the bangladeshi side of the community though, to get the point of the thread title...
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