A Young Japanese Photographer’s View of Harlem in the Nineties | The New Yorker

By Rebecca Bengal

In the spring of 1988, Naito moved to 112th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue, in Harlem. It was the height of the crack epidemic. The remains of burned and demolished buildings dotted the neighborhood. From the window of his third-floor apartment, Naito watched money disappear into the Lucite turnstile windows of a deli and little brown paper bags pop out. Inside, the store’s shelves stocked only some laundry detergent and a few cans of food. A Japanese newcomer with a camera was viewed with suspicion. Kids, assuming Naito was a cop, called him “Five-O.”

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