New York is full of gritty, hard realities. Life in New York is softened by the art scene…but I don’t just mean art hanging in museums. The patient observer, who takes time to stop and note the constant presence of street art and graffiti that color every surface in the city of Gotham, will witness amazing beauty in every nook and crevice of the city. I took these shots in the Meatpacking district of Manhattan, after a typical evening dinner with friends. This bold and unassuming art is so integrated into backdrop of the area that most New Yorkers overlook it.