Rivington Street at The Bowery, photo by Armondo Moreschi. This shot is from about four years before I lived there, just around the corner from my second place in NYC—a loft at 181 Chrystie Street, a few doors down from the legendary Sammy's Roumanian Steak House.
They've buffed up the old loft, built on the vacant lot next door, and covered up the great mural. The place we used to rent for $500 (split three ways) now goes for $6,000 a month.
This is how it looks today. Sammy's is still there and looks to be doing very well. Our place, right above the Pronto Store has obviously been Frenched out. When we lived there, it was far more basic and industrial.