Doyers Street. Chinatown, New York City.
Out of the way streets tell a wealth of tales. The bright afternoon sun beats down on old decaying walls and fire escapes creating elongated shadows that seem to stretch indefinitely. If the well-worn awnings could talk, just think of the secrets they would reveal.
This particular photo is of Doyers Street, one of my favorite out of the way streets. It is a winding street that curves around and is tucked away from its hectic surroundings. The street is only about 200 feet long and runs from Pell Street to Chatham Square. It’s home to very old tenements and long-standing businesses like The Nom Wah Tea Parlor which opened in 1927.
In the early 20th century the curve in the street was known as “the Bloody Angle” because of a plethora of violent acts carried out by Chinatown gangs. The expression ‘hatchet man’ is said to have come from this era and these violent acts which often included hatchets. While the street is not bloody or violent today, it’s worth a visit to soak in the history, vibe and incredible scenery.
I wanted to thank those who helped me out this past weekend with the Artists Wanted contest. The response warmed my heart. I used to be phobic and against contests for various reasons but I am realizing that I need to put my photography out there in different ways and I can’t let failure or fear of failure prevent me from doing that.
For those who didn’t see my post, you can still help me out by going to my contest entry page and clicking COLLECT ME
Thanks, once again. I have so many dreams that I hope can take flight with my photography and it really makes me emotional when I think of the supportive friends I have made along the way in various online communities who inspire me in so many ways.
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