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Hey guys, I didn't make a decent thread in a while and a photo thread in even longer. So now, since I feel like I owe the forumers some of my thousands of unshowcased photos, I put together this thread of November 2003 pics of some rarely seen parts of Manhattan - Garment District, Chelsea, and... well you saw the ESB before, nevermind.

Headin south from Port Authority Bus Terminal... most would head east to Midtown, but this time it's different


Here's the old gritty Garment District on 8th Avenue


Looking back at Westin on 42nd Street, the Times Square style tower that made it as far down as the 8th Avenue. As new towers come the area begins to look different, but a few years ago it was all grit.


The blue shit building and the art deco behind it are now gone as the ground is dug for New York Times Tower.


Navarre Building rising out of dark Garment District canyons


Probably the only angle from which this dumb building looks good


Old style grit one block to the north


Some real gritty stores right across from Madison Square Garden


ESB in the east


Damn, they should film Spiderman here


That New Yorker hotel


Moving south and west, the railyard that may lead to revitalization of the while neighborhood


This building stands on a platform above the railyard, just like the stadium is supposed to


Grit grit grit... old factories, abandoned High Line, etc. Time for the Jets Stadium redevelopment


Abstract


Urban


The local heliport on the Hudson River


A really old but renovated warehouse or something


Right across the street is Starrett-Leigh Building, a skyscraper around which trucks drive around
Damn they knew how to build in those days


West 27th, still cobblestone


Just blocks away from Times Square's neon


Moving east, another reminder of the old days


The High Line running through the city blocks


Some major avenue to the east, forgot which one


I'll be very grateful if someone tells me which building this is


Damn this is cool


Under some building


One ugly and out of place motherfucker


Only urban grit fans like us will understand


Several blocks to the southeast, a flea market


Castles in the sky
One mile high
Built to shelter
The rich and greedy
Rows of eyes
In the window
Looking down
At the poor and the needy
- Grandmaster Flash


Moving down east, an even more exotic flea market




Getting closer to Madison Square area with its classic old office towers


Some nice Orthodox church

Ususlly our Orthodox churches look quite different, but hell, we ain't too picky around here

Finally here's Madison Square with a great but never completed WTB on the left and, IMO, the most half-assed WTB New York had on the right


Stairway to Heaven?


What kind of a Midtown South thread is it without Flatiron?


Park Avenue, my one and only (so far, at least) sold photo


One of the most original new buildings in town, Baruch College Academic Center


Graffiti...


This one is too cool


Finally the East River. Queens on the other side


Our side, looking north


Queensboro


And to top it all off with a pic of the ESB at sunset
 
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