When the Streets Were Mean (but Far Less Crowded)
MEAN STREETS by Edward Grazda featured in The New York Times
These are photographs of affordable housing. Not literally, of course. But they are artifacts from a city in which apartments were plentiful and relatively cheap, and from this, much followed. “You could go to New York and become whatever you wanted,” said the photographer Edward Grazda, 70, who moved to the city in 1973. “Rent a place for a couple hundred dollars a month, and invent yourself. Which a lot of people did.”
Mr. Grazda rented a loft on Bleecker Street for $250 a month and began work as a photographer, shooting mostly in Latin America and later Afghanistan. The pictures here were taken casually, between projects; most were never printed...
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