Florentine is a neighborhood of Tel Aviv known for its loud bars, plethora of pizza places, carpentry shops and wannabe-hipster artist scene (with a few actual artists in the mix). It is dirty, grungy and quite detached from the rest of Tel Aviv, not to mention the country.
But for a place that in some ways is so typical of Israeli trends and a certain image of the bubble of cosmopolitan Tel Aviv life, certain spots look nothing like Israel. And in the middle of all the hype, there are gems of sheer no man’s land. Here are a few photos, taken Saturday May 14, 2011.