Jersey Street is really an alley, barely wide enough to drive a small car through, and that could require have tires on both sidewalks. It runs 2 blocks long from Crosby Street to Mulberry Street with Lafayette in between.
Apparently metal shutters were commonly paced on building that faced alleyways, as it was thought to add some fire protection, presumably if the building across the alley was burning and throwing off sparks.
Tight quarters made for a difficult shoot and composition. Lens correction in Photoshop was able to improve matters somewhat, but distortion and odd angles are still dominant.