On my journey to New York City I discovered the undying character and vibrancy of NYC in its gritty details, on its modest streets and through those who call it home. These are the photos capturing the city’s unique character.
Strolling above the streets of Manhattan on The High Line – the disused West Side railway line turned park.
Smoke rising from the underground.
As most people see NYC… Money and Art.
The bright lights of Broadway by night.
In his own world. Slowly creeping through the downtown peak-hour standstill.
Ladies in their Sunday Best, headed straight to a Baptist Church in Harlem.
The classic NYC stoop (check the timbs).
Fire escape to Heaven.
The Hollow Man – intently watching the end of an NFL game screening inside, as though the end of his life savings depended on it.
Gateway to the Underworld. #F**k.
The heartbeat of NYC.
On the move…24/7/365.
Life underground, where a growing network of musicians and artists thrive off live acoustics and wall space.
The foggy Manhattan skyline from across the Hudson at Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Welcome to Brooklyn.
Upcoming artistic hubs like Bushwick in Brooklyn still remain overwhelmingly industrial, full of some of NYC’s best street art side by side with concrete yards and pop up artisan cafes.
Latte dates with the Louisville Slugger on Bedford Ave, Williamsburg.
Caged in creativity.
They don’t want any more gentrifying! I see this as more about the point of slowing down the gentrification of trending NYC suburbs than advertising the new shop opening down the block. Local business owners and communities alike are standing up to defend their corners of New York City. To me, this is the most important statement of this photo series.
Writer: Jemma Sadrugu
Photographer: Luke Senico