NYC encourages conversation (a photo-essay)

 

 

“The blab of the pave … the … talk of the promenaders”

— Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself” (cataloguing the delights of the City)

 

 

 

I continuously see people on the street, in the park on sidewalk benches, in gathering places such as cafes and bars — everywhere — in pairs or larger groupings, engaged in deep conversation and repartee.

People feel less self-conscious in New York. Free to express themselves. New York encourages thought and exchange of ideas.

It’s wonderfully liberating.

 

— Roger W. Smith

   June 2019

 

 

 

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Addendum: Another thought. The fact that NYC is in large part a city in which people are on foot when they are outdoors, and not in cars, but instead are walking, or resting on benches, say; and, when they are traveling, are often on subways or buses, where conversation frequently occurs, is a facilitator of conversation and interaction.

 

 

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photographs by Roger W. Smith

 

 

 

42nd Street

42nd Street

 

 

 

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59th Street

 

 

 

Battery Park City

Battery Park City

 

 

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Bryant Park

Bryant Park

 

 

 

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Central Park

 

 

 

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Central Park

 

 

 

City Hall Park 2-58 p.m. 6-23-2019.JPG

City Hall Park

 

 

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Grand Central Oyster Bar

 

 

 

 

Hudson River Park

Hudson River Park

 

 

 

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Hudson River Park

 

 

 

Hudson River Park (3)

Hudson River Park

 

 

 

Hudson Yards.jpg

Hudson Yards

 

 

 

Lexington Avenue

Lexington Avenue

 

 

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Madison Avenue

 

 

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Madison Square Park

 

 

 

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Madison Square Park

 

 

 

Madison Square Park (3)

Madison Square Park

 

 

 

Madison Square Park (4).jpg

Madison Square Park

 

 

Madison Square Park (5).jpg

Madison Square Park

 

 

 

Madison Square Park (6).jpg

Madison Square Park

 

 

 

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Madison Square Park

 

 

 

Madison Square Park (8).jpg

Madison Square Park

 

 

 

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Madison Square Park

 

 

 

Gregory's Coffee 7-7-2019

Ninth Avenue coffeehouse

 

 

 

Ridgewood, Queens

Ridgewood, Queens

 

 

 

P. J. Carney's 6-18-2019

Seventh Avenue Tavern

 

 

 

Soho

Soho

 

 

Union Square Park.jpg

Union Square Park

 

 

 

Union Square.jpg

Union Square

 

 

 

Upper West Side

Upper West Side

 

 

 

West Side 5-46 p.m. 7-19-2019.JPG

West Side, Midtown

1 thought on “NYC encourages conversation (a photo-essay)

  1. gsmilnor

    I just saw this, Roger. Congratulations. Excellent photographs to illustrate the prose. – Scott

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