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Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:31 PM

New York's Red Light District in Photos

Four years ago, a Wall Street trader named Chris Arnade wandered into Hunts Point, a Bronx neighborhood nestled in the poorest Congressional district in the nation and often referred to as New York City's red light district. He didn't know why he was there, but he had his camera, and he started snapping photographs.

Then he came back. Again and again. Soon he started writing about what he saw there, posting both images and text on Facebook, Flickr, and Tumblr, and capturing the cycle of abuse, drugs, and sex that kept people chained to the neighborhood.

His work -- about the weapons carried by prostitutes; about abuse from pimps called Payroll, Mosquito, and Escrow; about oral sex, the currency of the desperate -- shocked many of his Wall Street colleagues, and occasionally, his three teenage daughters.

In early 2012, the New York Times featured his work. But in the past several months, much has changed: He quit his job with Citibank and now spends about five days a week with the Hunts Point crew, often working with journalist Cassie Rodenberg. His subjects have ceased to be merely subjects, he says, and they've pulled him down a twisty, intimate path from which he believes he cannot escape.

"I think what frustrated me most about the Times article was that it made it look like this is a series on prostitution," he said, "when it's in fact a series on addiction. But I would say now it's even more a story about abuse, mostly sexual abuse."




http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2012/12/new-yorks-red-light-district-in-photos/266491/

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 01:39 PM

1. I know it as the food distribution center of N.Y.

As far as I know, both the meat and produce distribution centers are there.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 06:02 PM

2. Thank you for sharing this

 

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Response to Demo_Chris (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 07:13 PM

3. You're very welcome

I so often find the stories told in pictures very poignant.

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Response to ismnotwasm (Original post)

Sat Dec 22, 2012, 11:28 PM

4. Wow. Those were powerful photos.

What a commentary on our country, how well we take care of our neighbors.

Or not.

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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 08:24 PM

5. wow...

Very powerful photos. Makes me want to cry.

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Mon Dec 24, 2012, 09:50 AM

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