Shoppers can find almost anything in the La Merced area: fruit and vegetable stands, prostitutes and a corridor of salon and beauty stands.
Clothing stands line the entrance to Tepito, one of the city's most notoriously dangerous neighborhoods.
A woman styles hair on the street in La Merced.
Originally a real hand – belonging to a man that robbed a nearby temple – hung on this building. After it deteriorated, it was replaced with a long-lasting version to warn people to not disrespect the church.
People crowd a corridor in La Merced where vendors sell Niño Dios figures.
Call it grit tourism. Visitors are looking beyond the elegant plazas to the infamous drug dens and bordellos of Mexico City. Read the full story here.