NY Through the Lens: Overlooking Two Bridges
Photos and words by Vivienne Gucwa:
Above a street in the Two Bridges neighborhood. New York City.
There are areas in lower Manhattan where fragments of the city’s history have settled like fine dust, fragile and prone to the whims of time.
Around these hallowed enclaves, newer history reaches higher towards the sky and rises from the ground borne from the dust of the city’s past.
This particular spot is known as Two Bridges and sits along the East River. It borders Chinatown and the Lower East Side and has long been a dwelling spot for many different immigrant communities over the years. It sits alongside the infamous and historic Five Points area where Irish, Jewish and Italian gangs battled to the death in the mid-19th century. It is currently home to a large community of Chinese immigrants and many of the buildings are tenements dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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