In the 2000s, New York City was the place to be. It was the decade when rock was having a revival moment and was fueling everything. There were The Strokes, there was Interpol, there were the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Walkmen – there were all these cool, really good New York bands and they were all always hanging around with each other. The year of 2000 was also the last year of the Twin Towers. And The High Line was still just an abandoned suspended train track. Let's dive a little deeper into New York City during the 2000s.
A TOUR IN NEW YORK BACK IN THE 2000s
A visual story by Lucas Compan
1 – From Freights to Flowers
2 – THE PLACE TO BE
People who were going out gravitated towards them and their scenes, which included bars and clubs on the Lower East Side like Lit, Darkroom, Bungalow 8 and the TISWAS party at Don Hill's, which were kind of a continuation of '90s nightlife with club kids in corsets and wigs alongside grungy indie kids and goths. It was all the stereotypical party until dawn thing and nights were fueled by alcoholic energy beverages like Sparks and Zygo energy vodka.
3 – THE DAY THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
Then, 9/11 happened in 2001. And after that, it seemed like a lot changed in the life of New York. There was a sense of "the world's gonna end at any minute so live it up."
4 – THE 24/7 ENTERTAINMENT DEVICES
5 – Google New York
6 – THE NEXT LEVEL OF STREET ART
In the aftermath of September 11, Marc Schiller walked around taking photographs of the art he found along the streets of his Soho neighborhood. In 2003, Schiller and his wife, Sara, created Wooster Collective, one of the first online celebrations of street art.
The blog blossomed, and other websites devoted to promoting and cataloging street art around the world sprang up. Today, amateur and professional photographers alike post their street art finds to Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest, and elsewhere, just about every artist worth his or her Sharpie has a website, and mainstream media like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal regularly cover street art, largely due to the influence of Wooster Collective.
7 – THE FIRST FEMALE SENATOR FROM NEW YORK
8 – THE MAYOR AND THE SUBWAY
Michael Rubens "Mike" Bloomberg (born February 14, 1942) is an American businessman, author, politician, and philanthropist. His net worth is estimated at US$43.3 billion, as of October 2016, ranking him as the 6th richest person in the United States and the 8th richest person in the world. Bloomberg served as the 108th Mayor of New York City, holding office for three consecutive terms, beginning with his first election in 2001.
9 – NEW YANKEE IN TOWN
10 – Drop the Knife and Fork. Tony Soprano Is On.
11 – SUGAR FACTORY, A LANDMARK IN BROOKLYN
The Domino Sugar Refinery is a former refinery in the neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York City. It was the original refinery of the American Sugar Refining Company, which produced Domino brand sugar. The current complex dates from 1882, when it was the largest sugar refinery in the world. Refining operations stopped in 2004, and as of 2012 the property is slated for multi-use development. Several of the buildings in the complex were given landmark status in 2007.
Because the Domino Sugar Refinery is an exterior landmark, the 19th-century red-brick facade must stay in place. However, the offices within will be encased in an entirely new glass and steel structure, with the potential of incorporating elements of the building’s industrial past—exposed brick, ceiling beams, and the like—into the new offices.
There will also be four separate terraces on the building totaling 34,000 square feet, along with ground-floor retail, an open plaza at the front of the building, and “direct access” to some of the Domino mega-project’s public amenities, including an enormous waterfront park and a new ferry landing.
New looks at Williamsburg’s Domino Sugar Factory’s future as The Refinery
All images credit: Two Trees / www.mir.no
MORE DECADE COMPILATIONS
12 – NEW YORK CITY GARAGE ROCK RESURGENCE
In the early days of the new millennium, a movement that had been percolating for a while started to take form and burst onto the scene in New York City. In a broad sense, you could call it the NYC rock revival, or resurgence, or early-’2000s rock boom. At the time, garage-rock revival, retro-rock revival, post-punk revival, and dance-punk were all monikers used liberally, and all were things that fell under the larger umbrella of the movement. The Strokes, The Walkmen, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Interpol are just a few examples of this youthful, stylish brand of rock music of the New York City garage rock scene at that time.
13 – TOP HITS FROM THE 2000S
14 – PEOPLE FIRST
New York is the top #1 city in the United States with car-free households. Also, it is the top #1 city in the country hosting tourists, 60+ million in 2016 along.
In May 2009, Pedestrian Malls were created at Times Square and Herald Square on Broadway. Beginning on May 22, 2009, New York City’s Broadway was closed to vehicle traffic for five blocks at Times Square, turning part of the "Crossroads of the World" into a pedestrian mall with cafe tables and benches.
A second promenade was created at Herald Square where Macy's, the world’s largest store, dominates the intersection. The plan is part of an experiment to create open spaces for tourists and make the city even more pedestrian friendly. The first section of the High Line, from Gansevoort Street to West 20th Street, opened June 9. The unique public park, built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side, offers spectacular views.