Brian Rose

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6sqft’s series The Urban Lens invites photographers to share work exploring a theme or a place within New York City. In this installment, Brian Rose shares his past and present Meatpacking streetscapes. Are you a photographer who’d like to see your work featured on The Urban Lens? Get in touch with us at [email protected].

A native of Virginia’s Colonial Williamsburg, photographer Brian Rose moved to New York City in 1977 and captured some of the most fleeting, bankrupted moments of the Meatpacking District in one January of 1985. In 2013, he returned to the neighborhood – impossibly changed – and once again photographed it. He then presented both sets of photos in his 2014 book “Metamorphosis: Meatpacking District 1985 + 2013.” Read on for an interview with Rose on old-school NYC, 9/11, and the city’s unknowable future.

See the before-and-afters

Daily Link Fix

Apple Cube, Apple Store
  • New app Getaround lets New Yorkers borrow cars from strangers on demand. It’s the freedom of driving without the anxiety of alternate side parking. More on Business Insider.
  • Daily Intelligencer uncovers the little-known story of how the Apple cube actually landed in Midtown.
  • Packtasche is an architect-designed cardboard carrier that makes toting groceries and the like while cycling through the city much easier. Arch Daily has the scoop.
  • And in more cardboard design news….this $40 smartphone projector is light, compact, and transportable, so you can show your favorite cat videos to a crowd on the go. Check it out on Better Living Through Design.
  • CityLab talks to photographer Brian Rose about documenting the extreme transformation of the Meatpacking District from 1985 to today.

Images: Apple Cube, via Wiki Commons (L); Packtasche, via Packtasche (R)

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