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NYThroughTheLens: Urban Decay

By Vivienne Gucwa


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There is something touching about urban decay. Sorrow and longing can be traced in the peeling layers and crumbling brick. In warm sunlight, iron oxidation produces beautiful textures on old pipes and metal framework. The memory of those who graced the intricate insides of these structures is  preserved by the remnants that remain.

Following the Civil War, New York was the top provider of refined sugar to the United States. For a period of time, the Domino Sugar factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn was the largest sugar refinery in the world. The factory employed over 4,000 workers and processed 3 million pounds of sugar a day.

After nearly 150 years of service, the factory shut down in 2004, due to a decline in demand. While the future of the Williamsburg waterfront is still being determined, the factory will live on in photography.

Check out more of Vivienne's work at her blog, NYThroughTheLens.

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