While on our way to check out the new Brooklyn Expo Center where SPINEXPO will be showing F/W 2016 this July 21-23, we took a slight detour off from Bedford Avenue to walk there via the less developed route along waterfront.

We were interested to photograph some of the older warehouse buildings which may soon be gone as the entire area continues to undergo a boom in new construction which started several years ago in Williamsburg.

A view of the east river and Manhattan in the background.

Vintage signs and new advertising murals mix together on the outside walls of the old factories.

While graffiti remains a problem in most cities there is a growing sense of appreciation for the graphics and images used in street art.

Weathered brick surfaces mix with modern street graphics creating an interesting patina

Once at our destination the area returns to pretty streets lined with brownstones featuring trendy shops and cafes.

The route we took from the Bedford Avenue L train; this summer there will be shuttles running between the station and the Expo Center, in addition to several other pick-up points in Manhattan and Brooklyn.