Doyers Street, that street in Chinatown with the crooked angle, aka the "bloody angle."
beautiful shot, the picture freezes the image of a neighborhood that many of us live so far we know only from the movies or news.
Not a lot to wrote in your blog, Iam healing from cancer who arrived last year, now I have the strength to write, but I’ve always seen your photos anonymous.
Good luck with your wonderful shots.
Dear Carlos, I am so relieved to hear you are healing after your long ordeal. It is always such a pleasure to visit you in your part of the world and I wish you nothing but the best in health and spirit. x
Thanks for your words. 🙂
You take care Carlos! 🙂
Looks a cosy kind of street. I bet you can get a good meal there as well.
It does have a certain intimacy, thank you Gerard and yes on the getting good food there not to mention haircuts.
Patti, I love everything about this image from the low angle you used to the bicycle in the foreground to anchor the shot. Just a great image beautiful work.
Thank you so so much Joe! When are you coming into town? 🙂
The picture instantly took me back to growing up. That was the street to run down to get away, a quick turn then back to the Bowery round to Worth st. The bakery around the corner, and the shop on Mott were the old man would let us buy beer for dad when other stores were closed or were out. And the quintessential bike of a city. Thanks RRA
Never seen or heard of this place before. From the looks of your picture, I wish I shot there too.
You were squatting down when you made this weren’t you? I love the perspective. It works well with every element.
Thank you Allan, hope you make it down here one day. It’s a tiny little street, easy enough to miss, but once known you don’t forget it. It has a rich history of the Chinese Tong gangs spilling blood way back in the day when it was known as Murder Alley, when opium dens and brothels were what they were. The good old days!
It was known as the “Bloody Angle” Patti. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doyers_Street. There a good noodle shop at the southern end, just past the “angle”. I’ve been down the passageways many years ago.
Thank you so much for this Keith.
I love Chinatown and its history Patti. History of NYC as well! Wonderful composition if I didn’t mention it before!
So many fascinating layers of history to explore in this city, ghosts everywhere which is true enough of anywhere . . . Do you have an absolute favorite part of town or does it depend on time and mood? Once again, many thanks Keith!
Chinatown is probably at the top. Lower East Side, East Village where I lived for many years. I was exploring out in Queens, but work and family kind of halted it for now.
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Thank you so much Fernan, it’s a fascinating part of town.
Love this angle, Patti! Another beauty.
That’s so kind of you, thank you Pierr.
Great shot Patti……..puts you right there!
Great to have your company, thank you Burgess.
Interesting. But it wouldn’t be the same if the the road were straight and ordered.
As for your shot, nice angle. 🙂
That’s for sure Lignum, about it being straight like most every other street in the city but around that corner is one of the ugliest buildings ever – it looks like a Stasi interrogation unit but it’s actually a US Post Office. Same thing really!
Wouldn’t be a Ricoh GRD IV with bleach by pass by any chance? Great shot!
Hello and thank you Jeff. As much as I would love to say yes, it’s a Ricoh . . . it’s not. I have been seriously thinking about the Ricoh (and Fuji, and Sony, and . . .) for ages but I took this with my iPhone 5 and played around with it in LR with a bleach bypass somewhere in the early twiddling.
Wonderful photo that makes me feel like I could walk right in where the bike is. It seems like a quiet street for a Chinatown.
Thank you Angeline and yes, compared to the busier nearby streets this street is a little on the quieter side but very popular with walking tours.
Love it, Patti.
My grateful thanks Harrie.
Excellent PoV, Patti 🙂
Thank you Paula, always fun trying out different POV’s!
The bike and postmans trolley lead the eye in to the street nicely. Lots of fascinating details to observe. Great shot 🙂
Thank you so much Martin. Your comment about the detail reminds me that no-one in the shot is using a mobile phone. Not sure why I bring that up here and now but there we go.
That’s unusual in this day and age isn’t it Patti.
Love these hidden little corners. Almost like a parallel, shadow city.
Julie, that’s exactly how it feels down there.
Creative angle makes a perfect image! Well done Patti!
Thank you Indah, we have the Dutch to thank for that angle!
I remember that street! Pretty sure I went there a few times for dim sum, too. What a fantastic shot, capturing such a vivid street scene.
A street of memories . . .. thank you so much Alison!
I like the way how you divided this image. The diagonal (from lower left to upper right) separates the story by a still life (the bicycle) and street life. Two images in one post, cool! …and I like the, what is the word for, reduced colors.
I love your analysis, thank you so much Markus!!
I also like the bleached colours very much.
Thank you Rabirius. The street has a “bleached” feel to it, to me anyway, after the intense colour and busyness of the more crowded surrounding streets.
Gritty image (with a wonderful palette) that brings your right in.
Thank you so much John!
Love the private perspective your angle gives – and great urban tones!
I like your thought of a private perspective, thank you Cath!
What a great composition, Patti. The angle makes among other things the different. Then you combined two styles, the street photography and story telling. Finally the small details like the wet asphalt and especially the pale color. Just wonderful.
So many kind words, big thank you Stefan!
You deserve it, Patti.
Great image Patti. The grain of the photo and the coolness of the colour look great, it seems a little de-saturated which makes it look fantastic.
Thank you so much Mark for your kind words, it’s definitely a grainier part of the world!
Awesome composition! Really awesome!
Fantastic shot, Patti! Like the angle very much – as if your life could take a sudden turn.
A potentially interesting turn of events, thank you Richard!
Patti, I love everything about this image from the low perspective and the way you have used the bicycle to great effect in holding the viewers attention for a second or so before wandering into the image and absorbing the moment you have captured.
liked your perspective here 🙂
I haven’t heard the term “bloody angle” before, but I’d love to be there in the days of opium dens and brothels!
I love your capture of these gritty grids Patti.
let’s go back to London? I just made a song about Westminster Abbey:
Looks like there’s no need to make an appointment for a ‘cut Patti 😉
Great composition and very nice effect with your *early twiddling*
Takes me right there!
What a cool ass shot Patti! Love the vintage feel to it.
Such a cool POV! Wonderful!
You are a master at capturing the feel of a place Patti.
This is beautiful Patti – I’m sorry I’ve been away. Work is taking over my life!
Thank you Lyn, thank you everyone, for kind words – and please, never feel you have to apologise for being away. I can’t be the only one who goes into a blog coma at this time of year, can I? Anyway Lyn, hope you are finding time to explore and relax in your wonderful part of the world and I look forward to catching up with your great shots asap!
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