Photo Essay of the Upper West Side (February-April, 2009)
(all photos and text by Nathan Englander and Rachel Zucker)

The economy is holding up, and things around the neighborhood are looking better. This is a note we wrote to accompany a photo essay about all the empty storefronts in our neighborhood, shot in the winter of 2009.

6 April 2009
For months we didn’t see it. Walking home from the subway, heading over to the bagel storeā€”every day another business shut down, until whole blocks on Broadway, on Amsterdam were nearly abandoned. Our local frame store survived the Great Depression, both world wars, and every economic downturn of the last 109 years. As of last week, it’s gone too. What’s left is a new urban landscape that is sadly, strangely beautiful. We’ve been taking pictures. Now that we’ve noticed we can’t stop looking.