Category Archives: my city and neighborhood

Walt Whitman on Manhattan (plus my own impressions and thoughts)

    MANNAHATTA.   I WAS asking for something specific and perfect for my city, Whereupon lo! upsprang the aboriginal name. Now I see what there is in a name, a word, liquid, sane, unruly, musical, self-sufficient, I see that … Continue reading

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a significant (glaring) omission

                I recently saw the documentary film Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, about urban theorist and activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) and her epic battle during the 1960’s against city planner Robert Moses … Continue reading

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New York City; advice for a first time visitor

    (to a friend)     Like most people, I am a “transplanted” New Yorker. I have lived here for a long time and love the City. The following are some of the things I love about my adopted … Continue reading

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A Plan to Destroy Fifth Avenue

      Below: Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan on a weekday afternoon in February 2017. This is “traffic bedlam”? (See commentary below.)         Below: Fifth Avenue near 50th Street at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2017. … Continue reading

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“looking for beauty”

    I just ran into a youngish woman on 60th Place in Maspeth, Queens, where I live. I was taking an afternoon walk and at that moment was taking a photo with my camera of a beautiful tree in … Continue reading

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“Trump Takes Manhattan”

  re: “How Fifth Avenue Is Coping,” by Matthew Schneier, The New York Times, November 23, 2016 http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/11/23/fashion/fifth-avenue-holiday-shopping-donald-trump-tower-protesters.html     *******************************************************   The above referenced New York Times article is about the massive traffic headaches that have already been created – and … Continue reading

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Is the Brooklyn Bridge boardwalk too crowded?

        pedestrians on Brooklyn Bridge; photo by Roger W. Smith   ****************************************************   re: “Brooklyn Bridge, the ‘Times Square in the Sky,’ May Get an Expansion” by Winnie Hu The New York Times August 8, 2016   … Continue reading

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