new york man: yo mac can ya take me t’ 5th and 70th street. i’otta go have sex with a rat. taxi cab driver: sure thing mac. Bada bing bee bom boo new york man *nodding agreeably*: bada boom boom bah bee bah
In the past few years, getrification has taken away the unique and special beauty of many of the neighborhoods that i belong to in New York City.
I grew up in east harlem, right on 110th street and 5th avenue. It is my home, my barrio, my place of comfort. In recent walks around the neighborhood, i sadly mourned a many of the original shops and business that were local to our area. Beautiful graffiti, and entire murals, painted over for the comfort of our urban colonizers. The celia cruz throw up on lexington? Gone.
So i thought it was especially important to start photographing the novelty and unique flavor that it so well known for. To capture what is still there, in the midst of unwanted change. To show the world, a wonderful landscape of old new york i will never forget.
Various Photos All Taken in East Harlem, By Destiny Frasqueri 2015
Since her first post nearly a year ago, rynweaver‘s blog has been a clear window to the style she embodies. This month, Ryn has created a wardrobe that illustrates what’s beneath her mind and her music.
We invite you to join us as she reveals these looks and her new album, The Fool, in an intimate setting in Brooklyn, with a big help from photographer, hannahsider.