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A Place Within A Space

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

My friend and I walk through Golden Gate Park in pursuit of a day at the Botanical Gardens.  As we walk, we can’t help but notice the sporadic design of people that decorated the otherwise naked park.  Out of all of the space in the park, it is interesting to see which spaces are taken and which are not.  You …

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The Elevated Acre

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

If you approach anyone on the street in New York and ask them what their favorite park is, they’ll always have an opinion. Many people (tourists included) will say Central Park– it is very well known, the landscape is beautiful, and there are seemingly endless areas to discover and lounge. If you ask someone that lives in the East or …

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City in the snow

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

While investigating the terms which are negotiated between a city and its dwellers, a city must be understood for the plastic organism that it is, and perhaps to break apart certain spaces into categorical wholes can, at a point, reach a wall. Surely, Whyte’s goal is clear: to come to some understanding about the most effective and productive placement of …

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Wash ^2 PARK

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

One of my favorite public spaces in NY is Washington Square park next to the school. Many of NYU’s buildings surround this park. I feel like at this park, it is easy to feel very comfortable and enjoy yourself at this park. On a sunny day in winter, this park is one of the best places to be at to …

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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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Art Piece or Nature

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

An hour and a half drive away is the Storm King Art Centre in Mountainville, New York. The open-air museum seems more like a park than a gallery, but the various sculptures scattered throughout the area serve as subtle reminders that the place is one for viewing. Despite the presence of a ticket vendor, one is never quite sure when …

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The Orbiters

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

My room has three large windows facing the street, one of which leads onto the fire escape. It is one of my roommates and my great pleasures to sit on the windowsill or on the fire escape when weather permits. We are invisible as life passes by us five floors below. I observe the street daily sometimes for extended periods …

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23rd & 3rd

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

I’m currently living in Gramercy Green (aka Gram) and yes let me tell you the hype was all worth it. The twenty-two floors, huge lounge, basement gym; all you could ask for in a college dorm, however, I’m stuck on the second floor, so while all my friends get a view of the empire state building from their bedroom windows …

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Pier 45

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

My favorite thing about where I live is its close proximity to the water. In just two short blocks, I am at the Hudson River. Along the river runs a 550 square mile park, Hudson River Park. There are many components that make up this public space that spans from 59th Street down to Battery Park: restaurants, tennis courts, basketball …