Last Days of Summer at Coney Island

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The landscape of New York keeps on changing, but Coney Island is cruising through time with the same vivid and dissolute charm, against its own “transition.” As summer wraps up, the gritty seaside amusement district is effervescent, the boardwalk filled with bronzed and tattooed flesh and grinning characters, chasing and squeezing in the last bit … Continue reading

Bedford-Stuyvesant [April 2013]

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The result of three intense days of shooting in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn. Images by Stephane Missier aka Charles le Brigand
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Hurricane Sandy: The Aftermath

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Here are some distressing photos of the Rockaways, a few days after hurricane Sandy’s devastating passage. Images by Stephane Missier aka Charles le Brigand
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The Soul of Summer

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Block Parties are the quintessence of the summer season in New York where youngsters and geezers mingle together in an outburst of freedom and shared happiness. I still remember my first experience with a block party back in 2007. I had just moved to New York on a beautiful block in the heart of Bed-Stuy, … Continue reading

The Bronx Riviera

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By the time I got to Orchard Beach, I was jet-lagged and needed a moment to adjust and cope with the environment. It took me almost two hours to get there from Brooklyn. I first got on the G train, then the blue line for a few stops, then hopped on the 4 uptown express … Continue reading

The Freedom Tunnel

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Under Manhattan’s Upper West side, runs the “Freedom” Tunnel. Built in the 30’s by Robert Moses, the passage boasts legendary graffiti murals and piles of debris remaining of the past homeless city era. After using it for only a couple of years, Amtrak discontinued the line and left a massive cavern which later became a … Continue reading

Hasidic Brooklyn

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Walking in the Hasidic portion of Williamsburg in Brooklyn is a bit of a surreal and anachronistic relish. I found this isolated neighborhood, home of the ultra-orthodox Satmar community, particularly photogenic as it seems suspended in time and contrasts heavily with the continuous metamorphosis observed in adjacent neighborhoods. On Saturdays, during Shabbat, bearded men wearing … Continue reading

Winter Faces

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The winter being particularly clement this year, the streets of Brooklyn are busy and filled with interesting and photogenic visages. Here are some of my favorites so far. Images by Stephane Missier aka Charles le Brigand
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The Atrium: Abandoned Palace in Downtown NY

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After reading that this magnificent 9-story abandoned building will soon become a luxurious hotel called the Beekman Palace, I have decided to contact the developer to see if he would eventually let me in…which he did, after throwing him a couple of bucks. I have to say that legal urban exploration is definitely not comparable … Continue reading

Wings (with me)

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I had the opportunity to follow my friend Chris Arnade this summer during his favorite pastime: chasing pigeons and meeting pigeon keepers. Getting up on the roofs was quite a journey, but once up-there, it was an astonishing spectacle. It encapsulates everything I love about street photography. Poignant stories from raw characters, splendid urban sceneries … Continue reading

The Grain Terminal

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On the far side of Red Hook Park’s soccer and baseball fields, locked-up behind a fence made of enormous concrete blocks, lays the last vestige of Red Hook’s industrial grandeur: The New York Port Authority Grain Terminal. This massive 429-foot long and 12-story high beige-colored fortress was built in 1922 for the purpose of washing, … Continue reading

The Participatory Art of JR (in the Bronx)

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French street artist JR partnered with Bronx’s Hunts Point Alliance for Children to present “Through A Mother’s Eyes,” a community art project which involves inhabitants of Hunts Point in South Bronx, in images taken by and of themselves. Participatory art at its finest. JR also recently wheatpasted some huge posters in Soho as part of … Continue reading

Mount Edgemere

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“Mount Edgemere” used to be one of New York’s favorite garbage dumping spots. Over a period of 53 years, the City’s Sanitation Department stockpiled tons of trash and when the dumping stopped in 1991, the city accumulated a 70 feet high hazardous waste site. The former landfill located in front of JFK airport on the … Continue reading

Bottle Beach

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Dead Horse Bay aka “Bottle beach” is not precisely a beach where you want to walk barefoot. The beach is filled with thousand of glass bottles, old and new, intact and in-pieces. It is where bottles go to die. According to the NY Times Dead Horse Bay “sits at the western edge of a marshland … Continue reading

Abandoned Greenpoint Warehouse

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Today, I managed to step inside an abandoned warehouse in front of the Greenpoint Terminal Market complex in Brooklyn. Although the building did not had abundant photographic materials to offer inside, the roof-top revealed an amazing view of the Greenpoint/Williamsburg East River waterfront as well as the famous “Save the Palestine” water tower located in … Continue reading

The Iron Triangle

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Willets Point is a chaotic little piece of land on the outskirts of Queens, adjacent to the Citi Field, the New York’s Mets new home. This is where you go if you need to get your car fixed, get shiny rims or change your windscreen. Also known locally as the Iron Triangle, it is the … Continue reading

Glenwood Power Plant

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Between the Glenwood Metro North station and the Hudson River lies the abandoned Yonkers Power Station of the New York Central & Hudson River Railroad, a massive building which was constructed between 1904 and 1906 to hold electrical generators to provide power for the electrfication of the railroad nearby. The plant ran into the early … Continue reading

Deep Down In ‘The Hole’

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The “Hole” is a bizarre place. It is the kind of spot that Joe Pesci would choose to stab a fella with a butcher knife. I am not familiar with southern USA, but this is how I would picture rural Alabama. Flooded fields, reeds, empty lots, abandoned houses, old cars and broken-down trucks. Few blocks … Continue reading

West Side Tennis Club

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The West Side Tennis Club is a private tennis club founded in 1892 in Forest Hills, Queens NY. In 1923, when the United States Lawn Tennis Association National Championship (known now as the U.S. Open) moved to Queens, the club constructed a 15,00 seat – horseshoe shaped – stadium that still stands today. The club … Continue reading

The Adler Hotel

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Sharon Springs, located in the Mohawk Valley in central New York, was once a highly fashionable bath resort town for wealthy New Yorkers, as well as European and Judaic visitors. During the 19th century, this tiny village became world famous by virtue of the therapeutic benefits of its mineral springs, which contain high levels of … Continue reading

Dolk in New York

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Walking the streets of NY is an absolute pleasure these days as some of the best street artists are currently hitting the walls of the big apple and presenting their work in galleries. Shepard Fairey has been quite busy pasting is propaganda around in preparation of his May Day show at Deitch Project, Belgium-born street … Continue reading

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