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Social media, taking the community out of place

In A Sense of Place, 12. SOP 2.0 by Falynn

I love social media. I always have my phone on me, I can’t imagine leaving my apartment without it. I love posting pictures on my Instagram, connecting with family from around the world on Facebook, and typing out my random thoughts throughout the day on Twitter. Social media is an excellent platform on which to be social. It’s great for catching up with …

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Why not both?

In A Sense of Place, 11. A Cosmopolitan Sense of Place by Falynn

Moving to a massive metropolis is no easy task, especially at 18 years old. I remember the excitement I felt about spending the next four years in college and getting to explore more of NYC. I had high expectations of being best friends with the people on my floor, spending each weekend visiting museums and restaurants, and going out often. I …

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My Grandma’s Backyard

In A Sense of Place, 10. Placemaking by Falynn

Last year, my grandma decided to move from New York City, where she had lived since she first came to America in the 1960s, to Sandestin. Sandestin is a massive golf and beach resort on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It is often considered a gated city since it is comprised of over thirty neighborhoods with well over a thousand …

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Subway Store #30591

In A Sense of Place, 9. Placelessness by Falynn

Rincon is a municipality in the northwestern part of Puerto Rico. It is comprised of many small surfing beaches. There are multiple surf competitions held there each year, so many surfers and tourists visit and enjoy the beautiful beaches, sunsets, and water activities. Small businesses are found all over the town, including surf stores and coffee shops. The locals in the …

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The Road of Moneygall

In A Sense of Place, 8. The Vernacular Landscape by Falynn

Throughout my 21 years of life I have visited, or at least driven through, every county in Ireland. From the busy city of Dublin to the completely deserted dirt roads in Kerry, I have learned the formula to creating the in-between, the ‘vernacular’ village in Ireland. The first necessity is grass, tons of grass. The grass works as the dwellers backyards, usually where …

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Alys, a Wonderland

In A Sense of Place, 6. Shock of the New by Falynn

Last year, I went on a vacation to Florida’s panhandle for the first time. On this trip, my friends and I decided to spend one day driving along 30A, a state road that runs parallel to the shore of the Gulf of Mexico. Every few minutes on the drive, you pass through a new neighborhood that has its own unique …

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West is Best

In A Sense of Place, 5. Visions of Utopia by Falynn

If you know me, you know I am obsessed with my home city. Especially in a class where we discuss the topic of place, I am bound to mention the beautiful city of Long Beach, NY at least once a week. I’ve lived in Long Beach since I was three years old, and I have loved every second of it. There …

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The Lunch Spot

In A Sense of Place, 4. The Social Life of Places by Falynn

Wednesday was a particularly beautiful day. I decided to take advantage of the bit of time I had before an interview in Midtown East at 2:00 to enjoy the outdoors. I sat in the plaza located at 345 Park Avenue, around a Skyscraper that has 44 floors with tenants like The Blackstone Group, National Football League, and Bristol-Myers Squibb. It is a quite …

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The Center of her City

In A Sense of Place, 3. City Form and Orientation by Falynn

After reading excerpts from Lynch’s The Image of the City and our discussion in class, I decided to ask my friend, Caroline, a few questions about her viewpoint and orientation of New York City. Caroline is originally from Jackson, Mississippi and often points out the major differences between her small city at home and the massive one she chose to move to. She …

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The Honesty Box

In A Sense of Place, 2. The Spirit of Place by Falynn

I spent this past winter break in Ireland, visiting family. For the majority of the three weeks I spent in the country, I explored different areas of Dublin and found ‘my’ spots; the labyrinth by Dublin Castle, the Happy Pear restaurant on the shore of the Irish sea, Mooch frozen yogurt shop in town. I came to love Dublin, and can …

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The City by the Sea

In A Sense of Place, 1. The Experience of Place by Falynn

In the New Yorker article, “Experiencing Places”, Tony Hiss begins by describing the main concourse of Grand Central Station. He points out the high, decorative ceilings and the massive arched windows. He plays out an experience of entering the concourse, acknowledging his surroundings within the terminal, then rejoining the outside. Hiss’s experience proves that the sights, sounds, and motions within …