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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; updated June 2022

 

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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

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59th Street

Battery Park City

Battery Park City

Bryant Park

Bryant Park

Central Park

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Central Park near Columbus Circle

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Central Park

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City Hall Park

Fifth Avenue

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Grand Central Oyster Bar

Hudson River Park

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Hudson River Park

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Hudson River Park

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Hudson Yards

Lexington Avenue

Lexington Avenue

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Madison Square Park

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Madison Square Park

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Madison Square Park

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Madison Square Park

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Madison Square Park

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Madison Square Park

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Madison Square Park

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Madison Square Park

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Madison Square Park

Gregory's Coffee 7-7-2019

Ninth Avenue coffeehouse

P. J. Carney’s pub, Seventh Avenue

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Rockefeller Center

Seventh Avenue

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Sixth Avenue

Soho

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Union Square Park

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Union Square

Upper West Side

Upper West Side

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West Side, Midtown

R train

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