Old bones and new blood. Fashion and function. Known for it's
slaughterhouses and packing plants of the early 1900's, the 'Meatpacking
District' is now a place where the ghost of it's past is preserved by
the souls of the future. From drug dealing and prostitution of the 80's,
to art dealing and and trend-setting of the new millennium. A place
once operated and occupied by the mafia and gay subculture, it is now
curated and inhibited by young professionals and hipster alike. Don't be
fooled by the high-end boutiques and low end streets. This New York
City neighborhood, as bold as it's Greek revival architectural design
suggest, has as much ins and outs as the sewer system it sits over. With
plenty of night-life and dining for the average Joe and affluent Tom,
where workers used to pack meat, it is now where classes meet.
The other day I was able to document the Autumn season on a beautiful day in Montclair, NJ. It felt surreal being that I usual spend most of my days in Brooklyn and Manhattan. It was a nice change in scenery for the 'city folk' that I am. I have a stereotype for people that live anywhere else in the world, especially those who don't live by the coasts of America. Although Montclair, NJ isn't smack dead in the middle of America, it is not a major city with a booming population. There is a lot going on in Middle America that I have no clue about in regards to the life those there live. My rant on this subject has been ongoing amongst me and my friends. Maybe I am being ignorant or maybe I have experienced, and analyzed certain things differently from the rest. Overall, I have no beef with those from Middle America, I just want to know more about how they operate and live like they do, slightly care free and in slow motion... I digress.