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Street, view.

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by Andrew Karpan1 Comment

The New York I know is, of course, the New York of streets, the New York of the miniature geographies that are traversed in the unromantic burden of going from place to place. There is nothing special about this, the popularity of the automobile and the suburb ensure us that if the automotive lifestyle were practical, the essence of the …

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Getting the Ball Back

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by Mark StrageLeave a Comment

The upper west side has strict socioeconomic borders. Projects are sprinkled throughout an otherwise entirely upper class neighborhood. As a 12 year old boy the playground basketball courts amounted to my only contact with these neighbors. Though I lived a only a couple blocks away from my courts of choice between 91st and 92nd on Columbus Ave it could often …

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A City to Watch

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by Henry Choa1 Comment

When I’m alone, I spend, if not waste, a lot of time looking at everyday things. And I don’t mean stationary things, like buildings or paintings or books (although I do love all of those), but things that move, or are powered in some way– hands, dogs, the weather. It’s more like watching– I suppose I like to watch things. …

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Looking Down

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by Parissah Lin1 Comment

One of the earliest times I came to New York was with my three friends from high school for Spring Break. It didn’t really feel like “Spring” break; more like warm, damp, grey break—but it still felt exhilarating as a 16 year old to be in “The Big City” without supervision. We stayed in Mariah’s grandparents old apartment, which her …

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Staying sensitive

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by Moi Nihalani1 Comment

I once read an interview with Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things, my favourite book. In it she said that studying Architecture in the School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi, had helped her immensely in structuring and organising her novel. She said that by understanding structures of buildings, of cities, and spaces in general, understanding how people …

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A Road to Cupcakes

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by Lauren Siff1 Comment

200 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281. That is the address that I plugged into my phone a week ago, searching for directions on how to get there. It was my 22nd birthday and my friends from home had ordered me cupcakes from Sprinkles. Due to some issues with the delivery, I now had to venture down to the Financial …

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Subway Musings

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by Jaisal Kapoor1 Comment

After living in New York for a while, nothing I come across on the street seems extremely out of the ordinary to me. I’ve passed all kinds of people: some holding signs about US government conspiracies, the guy in the diaper and high heels who dances around ringing a bell and holding a sign that says “Love Portal,” and the woman …

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The Natural Order of Community Development

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by AmyLeave a Comment

For out-of-towners who are visiting Flushing, Queens for the first time, there are three things that stand out – the Flushing Public Library on Kissena Boulevard and Main Street; the Starbucks across the street from the Public Library; and the Flushing, Queens MTA Station located pass the LIRR railway. These three sites have become landmarks for the small but dense, …