In the mid-nineties, walking on the west side at the end of the day felt like visiting the set of some new york thriller movie. With the beautiful light coming from the nearby river. Some pioneer art galeries had already open their doors in some of the old warehouses around 10th avenue but the area remained a ghost town at any time of the day. The trendy Chelsea Piers didn't exist yet and nobody could have imagined that the highline would become what it is today.
Please also see my "Meat market" post for more images of Manhattan's west side and the highline.
Also, for more dark NY shots : Night and The City