(Gentrification Waste #1, Greg Gordon, New York, 2014)
As we have continued to chronicle the sweeping phenomenon of Gentrification across The City, we have also been photographing the Urban Condition and Gentrification’s influence upon The City:
Boarded up buildings awaiting demolition for the next wave of new condominiums.
Structures half way under construction, then halted and abandoned because of dried up financing. The Urban Site becomes an instant liability to the surrounding neighborhood fabric.
Urban City Blocks which have been torn down and lie fallow, awaiting, sometimes for years, for the next project to take shape.
The low-rise, one story retail structures of our Older New York; Instant prey for an up-sizing of the development site. These are usually beloved retail establishments, the mom and pop stores which oftentimes give continuity to our neighborhoods and provide familiarity and comfort to local inhabitants.
These snapshots are of a continuous streetscape in The Lower East Side, in various stages of conversion.