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Layers of a City, East Village, New York, by James Maher Photography

This photo shows the layers of a city, from the gritty underbelly to the polished skyline. It also represents the rapid change that is occurring in the neighborhood of the East Village and the rest of Manhattan, from its 'seedier' past to a very fast approaching, sleek and sterile future.

The East Village is the neighborhood in Manhattan that is currently undergoing the fastest rate of change and gentrification in New York (and also where I live).  Beginning in the 1960s the area became a haven for artists and musicians and became the center of the subculture of New York and the birthplace of punk rock.  Now rents are rising and sleek high-rises and subway sandwich shops are taking over. 

This is an example of how a narrow, telephoto view can sometimes describe an entire neighborhood or changing city.