Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Meatpacking District, August 2006

I love peeling paint. You wonder how long a paint job perseveres in the city before curling in on itself and letting go. Is this paint 40 years old, or is it five?

This building once served as a temporary home for the LGBT community center, on Little West 12th Street. The Center set up shop there while its regular quarters on 13th Street were being renovated. When I first came to New York, in 2000, I went to several events there, so I have a nostalgic fondness for it. But the neighborhood has since been taken over by swanky hotels, restaurants, boutiques and clubs; I don't go there much anymore, except to wander through with my camera.

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