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New Wave in New York

In A Sense of Place, Spirit of Place by Dylan Beach

I can’t quite call in grungy, because that came about a decade later and on the other side of the country, but there is a certain spirit of place associated with New York City in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. I can’t quite call it punk either, because the majority of that movement had either died or was in …

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The Space Inbetween

In A Sense of Place, Spirit of Place by Mark Strage

Throughout my time at NYU my father and younger sister lived in a duplex, penthouse walk up apartment on the upper west side. By far the prominent feature of this apartment was its porch. It sat on the 7th floor perched above the private world of 75th 1/2th street. This space was made beautiful by the shared happiness it fostered …

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On ways of talking

In A Sense of Place, Spirit of Place by Moi Nihalani

Throughout my life I’ve listened to several different languages. I myself talk different languages, some with different accents. While growing up in Spain, I thought this was problematic. Speaking English at school and at home meant speaking it with a British accent with my teachers and with an Indian accent with my mum. I saw this as a problem of …

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Feeling Theater

In A Sense of Place, Spirit of Place by Lauren Siff

Theater has become a place that I am comfortable in. No matter what show I go to see, I step into the theater and a sense of excitement flows over me. Throughout my entire life, I have made different theaters my home. I grew up watching my brother perform on the stage at Nova South Eastern University’s Miniaci Theater (where …

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Gulf Coast Living

In A Sense of Place, Spirit of Place by Prof

The Gulf Coast [of the United States], which encompasses the coastal land between the Rio Grande in Texas and the Florida Keys, is a world all its own. The South Coast is a melting pot of industry and lifestyle not always at war but never quite at peace either. In fact, just yesterday there was an oil spill in Galveston …

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Mazandarani

In A Sense of Place, Spirit of Place by Parissah Lin

In Mazanderan, you don’t just wear Hijab, you wear Chadors. Not just any old black modest sheet either: Chadors covered in patterns, floral, paisley, and small animal prints. Mazanderani women are practical: they would never waste a perfectly good new sheet on a Chador. In Mazanderan, it’s always a little chilly, even when you go inside, you leave your sweater …

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DeLillo’s New York

In A Sense of Place, Spirit of Place by Andrew Karpan

Following along with this theme of translating how noted purveys of their aesthetic field have explored the sense of a place, explored its essence into something that can be bought and consumed anywhere; the spirit of London streetlife compacted into Mrs. Dalloway or the intricate narrativity of the Compton streets explored in, say, Good Kid, M.A.A.D City, etc. But something …

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One Scent to Ride this Train!

In A Sense of Place, Spirit of Place by Henry Choa

To me, the spirit of a place is made up of the various aspects that contribute to one’s experience at or in it. Be it the same “morning sweetie” from your mother each day around 8:30, the reliable wheeze of your car at the turn of a key, or the loud and sharp ticks of your school’s clocks, we construct places …

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On Not Caring

In A Sense of Place, Spirit of Place by Jacob Ford

I feel the uneven pressure of stares when I carry a moderately heavy grocery bag on the sidewalk in my suburban hometown. I was doing something wrong for the area, or at least inappropriate. I was in defiance of the suburban spirit, and it was trying to whisper to me. In New York City I’ve carried Ikea furniture from Brooklyn to 10th Street …

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The Romance Behind the Spirit

In A Sense of Place, Spirit of Place by Astrid Da Silva

The Spirit is defined as “The animating or vital principle in man (and animals); that which gives life to the physical organism, in contrast to its purely material elements; the breath of life” according to the Oxford English Dictionary. The spirit of a place encompasses the elements that breath life into locations. For me, that life comes into being over …

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Sound and Vision: The Spirit of Place in Music

In A Sense of Place, Spirit of Place by Cayla Delardi

In the History of Rock ‘n’ Roll course I’m taking this semester, we spend a lot of time talking about the variety of experiences and places that music has been rooted in historically—a theme which seems particularly apropos for this assignment. Like poets or authors, musicians often write songs that describe their vision of a location, whether it’s their hometown, …

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Radda In Chianti

In A Sense of Place, Spirit of Place by Haley Gaston

Driving south of Florence, the car leaves the buildings of the city and winds in and out of forests and vineyards. Every few curves, the view opens up as fields of wheat and sunflowers expand from the side of the road into the abyss. Cypress trees and villas dot the scenery. After an hour, series of houses are bundled together …

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Union Square: A Character Study

In A Sense of Place, Spirit of Place by Jaisal Kapoor

In the text The Lure of the Local, author Lucy Lippard talks about local places and their relationship to personal memories. She describes place as the “latitudinal and longitudinal within the map of a person’s life”. After living around Union Square for over a year, I’ve developed a certain understanding of its spirit and culture. I believe that every place …