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A sign of the times: pizzerias now serve chicken wings … at least in New York
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This photo was taken on the northeast corner of Amsterdam and 106th Street.

According to 1 website that I tracked down, Mama’s Pizzeria was opened in 1969. I will bet they did not serve chicken wings back then. And I will bet they didn’t have an ATM machine inside, or blue/green recycling containers outdoors. I’ll bet they didn’t have an &quotA&quot grade from the NYC well being inspectors, because the overall health inspectors weren’t doing that type of inspection operate back then.

And if you truly want to get picky, I will bet they didn’t have a hand-written sign (right above the printed &quotwe now have wings&quot sign) that says, &quotWe now have entire wheat crust pizza.&quot

But you could almost certainly still get a damn good slice of plain pizza … it appears to have maintained its reputation for that standard solution all via the years …

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This set of images is primarily based on a quite straightforward idea: stroll every block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To keep away from missing something, walk both sides of the street.

That is all there is to it …

Of course, if you wanted to be far more ambitious, you could also walk the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that is a lot more than I am willing to commit to at this point, and I’ll leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, far more adventurous photographers.

Oh, actually, there’s one far more modest detail: leave the photographs alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I truly concentrate on the initial of these &quotevery-block&quot photos, I will have taken far more than 8,000 pictures on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus one more a number of thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the numerous spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take photos. So I never expect to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot pictures, and hope that I will be able to make an objective selection of the ones worth looking at.

As for the criteria that I’ve used to choose the tiny subset of every-block photos that get uploaded to Flickr: there are 3. 1st, I will upload any photo that I believe is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-close friends will be, &quotI have no idea when or where that photo was taken, but it’s actually a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third includes time. I’m hoping that I’ll take some photos that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who looks at it. Obviously, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I am hoping that I will discover other, a lot more unexpected examples. I hope that I will be in a position to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that is not recognizable to an individual from another element of the nation, or another component of the planet, I know that that is New York!&quot And there might be some images where a &quotnon-regional&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no idea that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/beautiful/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I keep in mind wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing numerous shops, shops, restaurants, and organization establishments — and then casually seeking at the photographs about five years later, and becoming stunned by how a lot had changed. Tiny by little, store by store, day by day, items modify … and when you’ve been around as long as I have, it really is even much more incredible to go back and appear at the images you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask your self, &quotWas it actually like that back then? Seriously, did folks really wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I’ll be hunting at these each and every-block images five or ten years from now (and perhaps you will be, as well), I am going to be doing my greatest to capture scenes that convey the sense that they have been taken in the year 2013 … or at least sometime in the decade of the 2010’s (I have no concept what we’re calling this decade but). Or maybe they’ll just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years right after 9-11&quot.

Film posters are a trivial instance of such a time-distinct image I’ve already taken a bunch, and I do not know if I will ultimately decide that they’re worth uploading. Women’s style/types are one more clear example of a time-distinct phenomenon and even though I am undoubtedly not a style professional, I suspected that I’ll be in a position to appear at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we genuinely put on shirts like that? Did ladies genuinely put on those weird skirts that are short in the front, and long in the back? Did every person in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Yet another instance: I am fascinated by the interactions that folks have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that every person has 1, which surely wasn’t true a decade ago and it seems that every person walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious interest riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about something else that may be going on (amongst other items, that tends to make it quite simple for me to photograph them with out their even noticing, specifically if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a phone conversation). But I can not help questioning whether this sort of social behavior will appear bizarre a decade from now … specifically if our cellphones have turn out to be so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, a single last point: I’ve developed a customized Google Map to show the precise details of each and every day’s photo-walk. I’ll be updating it each and every day, and the most current part of my each-block journey will be marked in red, to differentiate it from all of the older segments of the journey, which will be shown in blue. You can see the map, and peek at it every day to see exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this link

URL link to Ed’s each and every-block progress via Manhattan

If you have any suggestions about areas that I should undoubtedly check out to get some very good images, or if you’d like me to photograph you in your tiny corner of New York City, please let me know. You can send me a Flickr-mail message, or you can email me directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

Remain tuned as the photo-stroll continues, block by block …

You want a chicken salad sandwich … but hold the chicken, hold the mayo, hold the butter? Wasn’t that in some movie my grandparents talked about?
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Image by Ed Yourdon
This was taken at an outdoor cafe on the southwest corner of Amsterdam and 73rd St.

And the film in question was &quotFive Straightforward Pieces,&quot starring Jack Nicholson and a variety of other folks, released back in 1970.

To see the popular scene (and to recall how young and handsome Jack Nicholson when was), click right here on this YouTube hyperlink:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wtfNE4z6a8

And to see a Wikipedia summary of the film, click right here:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Five_Effortless_Pieces

Bottom line: New Yorkers know that often you have to genuinely argue with the waitress to make the most basic-minded substitutions on the menu.

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This set of photos is based on a quite straightforward idea: walk each block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To avoid missing anything, stroll both sides of the street.

That is all there is to it …

Of course, if you wanted to be far more ambitious, you could also stroll the streets of Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and the Bronx. But that’s far more than I am willing to commit to at this point, and I will leave the remaining boroughs of New York City to other, a lot more adventurous photographers.

Oh, truly, there is one particular a lot more little detail: leave the photographs alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I really focus on the first of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken a lot more than eight,000 pictures on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus one more numerous thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the various spots in NYC where I traditionally take images. So I never anticipate to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot images, and hope that I’ll be capable to make an objective selection of the ones worth hunting at.

As for the criteria that I’ve utilized to pick the little subset of each and every-block pictures that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. First, I will upload any photo that I believe is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-close friends will be, &quotI have no concept when or where that photo was taken, but it really is truly a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with spot, and the third includes time. I’m hoping that I will take some pictures that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to anyone who appears at it. Naturally, certain landscape icons like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I will locate other, more unexpected examples. I hope that I will be in a position to take some shots that will make a &quotlocal&quot viewer say, &quotWell, even if that’s not recognizable to a person from one more component of the nation, or another component of the world, I know that that is New York!&quot And there may well be some images exactly where a &quotnon-nearby&quot viewer may possibly say, &quotI had no thought that there was anyplace in New York City that was so intriguing/gorgeous/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I keep in mind wandering about my neighborhood in 2005, photographing various shops, shops, restaurants, and business establishments — and then casually looking at the photographs about 5 years later, and becoming stunned by how a lot had changed. Tiny by small, retailer by shop, day by day, issues alter … and when you’ve been around as long as I have, it is even much more wonderful to go back and look at the images you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask oneself, &quotWas it genuinely like that back then? Seriously, did individuals actually wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be seeking at these each and every-block pictures five or ten years from now (and possibly you will be, as well), I’m going to be carrying out my best to capture scenes that convey the sense that they had been taken in the year 2013 … or at least sometime in the decade of the 2010’s (I have no idea what we’re calling this decade yet). Or possibly they will just say to us, &quotThis is what it was like a dozen years soon after 9-11&quot.

Movie posters are a trivial instance of such a time-specific image I’ve currently taken a bunch, and I do not know if I will ultimately decide that they’re worth uploading. Women’s fashion/styles are another apparent example of a time-particular phenomenon and even although I am undoubtedly not a style expert, I suspected that I’ll be able to look at some images ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we truly wear shirts like that? Did ladies genuinely put on those weird skirts that are quick in the front, and long in the back? Did absolutely everyone in New York have a tattoo?&quot

An additional instance: I am fascinated by the interactions that individuals have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that absolutely everyone has one, which certainly wasn’t true a decade ago and it appears that absolutely everyone walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious attention riveted on this small box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may possibly be going on (amongst other issues, that tends to make it extremely effortless for me to photograph them without their even noticing, particularly if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a phone conversation). But I can’t aid asking yourself whether this sort of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … particularly if our cellphones have turn into so miniaturized that they are incorporated into the glasses we put on, or implanted straight into our eyeballs.

Oh, one particular last issue: I’ve developed a customized Google Map to show the precise information of each and every day’s photo-stroll. I will be updating it every single day, and the most recent component of my each-block journey will be marked in red, to differentiate it from all of the older segments of the journey, which will be shown in blue. You can see the map, and peek at it every day to see exactly where I’ve been, by clicking on this hyperlink

URL hyperlink to Ed’s every single-block progress by way of Manhattan

If you have any ideas about places that I ought to undoubtedly check out to get some very good photos, or if you’d like me to photograph you in your little corner of New York City, please let me know. You can send me a Flickr-mail message, or you can email me straight at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

Remain tuned as the photo-walk continues, block by block …