Could this really be New York City?

In a city as well traversed and celebrated as New York, it might feel like there’s not a picturesque sight left unseen. Enter Nathan Kensinger: This 30-year-old photographer takes powerful pictures of unexplored and surprisingly beautiful places you won’t find in any guidebook.

Kensinger publishes two photo essays a month on his Web site, and the affection and respect he has for these forgotten places are apparent. Whether they’re depicting the stretch under the Coney Island Boardwalk, littered with fake sharks, deck chairs and love nests, or the abandoned 1917 Wrigley Building on Staten Island, covered in bright graffiti, Kensinger’s pictures are striking, and often quite moving. Our favorite? The photographs of the Jewish Machpelah Cemetery in Queens, which houses the remains of magician Harry Houdini; covered in weeds, many of the tombstones have had the names and dates washed away, leaving only blank slates. As Kensinger notes of the abandoned cemetery office that stands near Houdini’s grave, “The once beautiful building is now home to a large family of pigeons.” Now that sounds like New York.

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