Lipscani District - August 2009. Rapid changes are underway from 'something' to 'something'. In-between it is strangely dynamic nightlife place amidst torn-up streets, abandoned buildings, graffiti, squatters, and commercial store-fronts (wedding dresses, books, pseudo antiques), and elegant 1890s 'Beaux Arts' styled public buildings.

Photos © by Nicholas Dimancescu & Kyle Brandse

The district is in central 'old' Bucharest along the Dumbovita River. Left to decay and to squatters during the communist and post-communist era, it is now viewed as the up-and-coming 'chic quartier'.