The Starrett Lehigh building towers over one of the last remaining industrial style blocks left in Chelsea. That block, sandwiched between 26th and 27th streets, was home to industrial plants and warehouses that churned out products and stored everything from coal to grain until the late 1970s. Overall as a son of the West Side I still find it odd that in less than two decades the West Side has transformed itself into these posh neighborhoods that are touted today. From the 1970s until the mid 1990s the West Side was decrepit, run down, and at times dangerous. Yet there was also an allure to this place that became mainstream a little too late. The industrial abandonment waxed poetic about a different time, marginalized groups and outsiders claimed it as their own, and the nightclub scene reaches its most famous (and most hedonistic) peak here.
Nostalgia can be a double edged sword but the city of yesterday at least was open to all and didn't judge.
Taken on January 17, 2018 on a Lumix LX100. #newyork#newyorkcity#manhattan#chelseanyc#chelsea#hudsonyards#highline#highlinenyc#starrettlehigh#newyork_ig#newyork_instagram#instagramnyc#ig_nycity#igersofnyc