Immediately below Houston Street on the east side of Manhattan lies one of my secret gardens. There’s something so wonderfully magnetic about the aura of the Lower East Side. It was the first place I really planted my feet after moving to the City. It was a micro-world within my macro life – posing such a stark juxtaposition to the vast openness of my life in Mississippi. It was the enigmatic aspect of the area that truly caught my attention… and eventually my heart. Everything about the area – the history, the street art, the inescapable tarnish – was entrancing to me. I’ve since moved away from the area for proximity to friends and work… but you can never take the Lower East Side outta the boy.
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