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Disappearing New York – doors and storefronts

#DisappearingNewYork: Closed down, Loft’s Candles, Dutch St, Lower Manhattan, NYC © Helen Jones-Florio.

Disappearing New York – doors and storefronts

Disappearing New York – on a recent trip back to New York, walking around our old neighbourhood of Greenwich Village, since my previous visit, I was struck by the dramatic change in the landscape of the city. The number of places that have closed down, for sale or rent, or have simply disappeared, to be replaced by yet another high-end boutique, pricey coffee shop, or highrise ‘luxury apartment‘ block.

#DisappearingNewYork: derelict door with graffiti, 7th Ave, Manhattan, NYC © Helen Jones-Florio.
#DisappearingNewYork: ‘When it reigns, I’m poor’, Mario… 7th Ave, Manhattan, NYC © Helen Jones-Florio.

Almost 8% of low-income households in the metro region are living in moderate to high income neighborhoods that are experiencing advanced stages or super gentrification. Urban Displacement

#DisappearingNewYork: derelict store, 7th Ave, New York City ©Helen Jones-Florio
#DisappearingNewYork: derelict store, 7th Ave, New York City ©Helen Jones-Florio

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#DisappearingNewYork: Closed down - The Half King, bar and restaurant, West 23rd St, NYC © Helen Jones-Florio
#DisappearingNewYork: A sad day indeed when this place closed down, The Half King, West 23rd St, NYC © Helen Jones-Florio

A favourite old haunt of photographers, photojournalists, and writers – a sad day indeed when this place closed down.

“On hearing about the closure of The Half King, I thought to myself, enough is enough, it’s time to leave New York!” T.D. photographer

The Half King is a bar and restaurant in the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, directly below the High Line on 23rd Street. It was started in 2000 by journalists Sebastian Junger and Scott Anderson, and filmmaker Nanette Burstein, as a neighborhood place that could also serve as a meeting spot for people in the publishing and film industries.

#DisappearingNewYork: Store to rent, with graffiti - Lafayette St, Chinatown, Lower Manhattan, NYC © Helen Jones-Florio
#DisappearingNewYork: Ain’t nothin’ goin’ on but the rent…Lafayette St, Chinatown, Lower Manhattan, NYC © Helen Jones-Florio

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#DisappearingNewYork: The doorway to a loft apartment building, Williamsburg - due for demolition, to be replaced by 'luxury apartments' ©Helen Jones-Florio
#DisappearingNewYork: The doorway to a friends loft apartment building, Williamsburg – due for demolition, to be replaced by a highrise ‘luxury apartment’ block ©Helen Jones-Florio
#DisappearingNewYork: shuttered door, East Village, Manhattan, New York City. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio
#DisappearingNewYork: Total gridlock…1st Avenue, East Village, Manhattan, New York City. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio

There are 314 super-gentrified or exclusive neighborhoods in the metro region, forming a ring of very high income suburban and exurban communities around New York City, in addition to creating islands of exclusion in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Most of these have long been exclusive, but some 71 of these neighborhoods transitioned between 1990 and 2016 from low-income areas to areas where the median household income, at $140,000, was greater than 200% of the regional median in 2016. Urban Displacement

#DisappearingNewYork: Beastie Boys (MCA) Door - Meatpacking District, NYC ©Helen Jones-Florio
#DisappearingNewYork: MCA ‘where have you been?’ Door – Meatpacking District, NYC ©Helen Jones-Florio

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#DisappearingNewYork: Metal door, E. Second St, Manhattan, New York City. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio.
#DisappearingNewYork: Everybody Knows Bob… E. Second St, Manhattan, New York City. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio.

Living in Brooklyn comes at a Cost…

#DisappearingNewYork: Art door, Front St, Dumbo, New York © Helen Jones-Florio
#DisappearingNewYork: Living in Brooklyn comes at a Cost…Front St, DUMBO, NYC. Image ©Helen Jones-Florio.

Places and spaces that no longer exist…or not in their original form

#DisappearingNewYork: The post-fire 'Village Papery Party Store', Greenwich Village, NYC ©Helen Jones-Florio, 2
#DisappearingNewYork: The burnt-out ‘Village Papery Party Store’, Greenwich Village, NYC ©Helen Jones-Florio, 2010 / Flickr

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