Friday, May 21, 2010

Bowery's final flophouse


10 bucks a night buys you a towel, a closet to sleep in, and plenty of sad men to slap yer back...."Residents sit hunched over cans of soda or cups of coffee, eyes closed or staring, lost in silence. A man in a wheelchair whose left leg ends in a stump below the knee can often be found there, listening to music on earphones. After a time, he laboriously wheels himself across the lobby, through another door and down the hall toward his room." New York Times

17 comments:

-K- said...

I thought flophouses disappeared from NYC years ago.

T. Becque said...

Interesting, but sad.

Birdman said...

At first, I thought this might be a mual or a painting... interesting coloring.

Lori Skoog said...

Hey Ken Mac...the colors in this shot are very rich! Thanks for your visits. Hope all is going well.

Virginia said...

This makes me sad.
V

altadenahiker said...

I assume that first line is yours? It's perfect.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Ken Mac, the colors in this picture is amazing!

Anonymous said...

This was the Sunshine Hotel.

EV Grieve said...

Great shot, Ken... top floor of the whitehouse is still considered a flophouse too...

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Your photos this week could illustrate John Steinbeck novels! Unbelievable!

Jan
GDP

BANJO52 said...

All the stuff that goes on behind the scenes . . . Thanks for reminding us.

That movie about Street Art, by the way, is titled "Exit through the Gift Shop." It created some ambivalence in me, as you can see at my blog. But the big questions are the most interesting, even if they're disturbing--like flophouses.

Thérèse said...

Only depressing!

cara said...

I agree with Altadenahiker - that first line is a cracker!

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