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NYC Grid is a photo blog dedicated to exploring New York block-by-block and corner-by-corner. Each post covers a new street or feature with a focus on the mundane and ephemeral.


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17th St Between 9th Ave and 10th Ave

With the highline looming in the distance, there are two distinct styles of apartments on this block: Older project-style housing, and new glass-curtain condos. It's interesting to see side-by-side since both are products of urban redevelopment plans of their time (well, kinda-sorta). The big plan back when the older buildings were erected was to combine many blocks into singular superblocks and provided massive, bland apartment buildings with low rent. Now-days it's all about sleek glass and metal..."modern" style. But since practically everything new is following the same template, the end up being just as bland as the old superblock buildings.

The big mystery on this street was how a lone White Castle box made it's way either from midtown, or Queens.


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there's a white castle on 9th Ave, south of greys papaya

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwc lover

oh, it's on 8th

September 21, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterwc lover

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