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Elk Hotel

Today I learned that after nearly 90 years, the Elk Hotel in NYC has closed. The Elk Hotel was the last remaining hourly hotel in Times Square. In November of 2010 I was lucky enough to do a photo shoot in this hotel with Katelan Foisy as part of her Lie & Indite series. It was a surreal experience. The room was heavy with memories and ghosts of a past that now been almost completely erased in Times Square. The headboard was covered in scrawled names and messages. A credit card was under the nightstand. A torn-up letter was in the garbage. It’s a day I’ll never forget. After our two hour allotment had ended, the hotelier knocked on the door. We packed up our things and I asked if I could take a picture of him.

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by Balthazar Simões