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Street, view.

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by Andrew Karpan

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 Strage

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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Blackout In New York

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by Dylan Beach

Ten flights of stairs, at least twice a day, for a week, is a lot of stairs. Granted, there were some people who lost their entire homes due to the Hurricane Sandy, but I had the privilege of living in the NYU dorm on 23rd and 3rd ave during this historic storm. What I remember immediately from this storm and …

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A City to Watch

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by Henry Choa

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 Lin

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 Nihalani

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 Siff

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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The Friends Which Routine Formed

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by Jacob Ford

You start living in New York City when the fantastic becomes the quotidian. Daily chaos evolves into daily routine, and New York begins to do the thing E.B. White says it does so well: insulate you. I came here to be overwhelmed by the ability to walk to the flagship everything. To feel news before it could be told to me, …

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Long Down the Concrete Canyon

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by Prof

My experience of New York has and will always be shaped by transit. The cab ride in and out of the city invokes the same emotion and excitement as it did the first time I arrived into the concrete jungle. The subway, which I have always equated to New York, is, for me at least, the quintessential experience of the …

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Subway Musings

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by Jaisal Kapoor

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 Amy

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, …

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The Special Moment Walks

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by Haley Gaston

My ‘sense of place’ is not NYC. Coming from Northern California, I am used to a mild, dry climate where I can take a stroll at any time of the day, at any time of the year. The climate of NYC is something I struggle with on a daily basis. When it is below thirty degrees outside, I always have …

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Strategy in the Streets

In A Sense of Place, New York Stories by Kahala Bonsignore

I have always related the streets of New York to a game—any kind of strategic game, based on speed, foresight, and resiliency.  The heavily populated areas of Manhattan pose a challenge to my daily schedule, especially when I am running late.  Even from a young age, coming into the city while visiting my family always felt like I was facing …