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This was taken at the northwest corner of Broadway and 87th Street. I am nicely acquainted with this area, since I lived straight across the street for about eight years.

Note that the lady is zooming previous a Brooks Brothers outlet. When I first came to New York City, back in the Dark Ages, there was only one particular Brooks Brothers shop, and it was located at Madison and 44th Street. You are going to be delighted to know that that shop was opened in 1818 (on the corner of Catharine and Cherry Street in lower Manhattan), and that Brooks Brothers outfitted Abraham Lincoln, and 39 of the 44 American Presidents (including John Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama).

Ralph Lauren began off as a salesman at Brooks Brothers, former French President Jacques Chirac nevertheless buys his shirts there, and Andy Warhol purchased all of this clothes at Brooks Brothers. When I 1st got married in 1968, I even got my wedding suit right here tiny did I know I was in the business of Presidents and popular celebrities…

But now the shops are all more than the damn location. As of 2012, there had been 210 Brooks Brothers outlets in the U.S. and 70 other countries … including this location on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Interestingly, the space now occupied by the men’s clothes retailer had been vacvvant for a number of years and back when I lived across the street, it was a Southeast Asian restaurant exactly where I had lunch virtually every single day.

But none of this is probably to be of any interest to the young woman seen here, zooming previous the retailer on her Razor Scooter. Some men and women just have no appreciation for history…


This set of photographs is based on a quite easy notion: stroll every single block of Manhattan with a camera, and see what happens. To avoid missing something, walk each sides of the street.

That is all there is to it …

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

Oh, in fact, there is a single a lot more little detail: leave the photographs alone for a month — unedited, untouched, and unviewed. By the time I truly focus on the very first of these &quotevery-block&quot images, I will have taken more than 8,000 images on the nearby streets of the Upper West Side — plus one more numerous thousand in Rome, Coney Island, and the numerous spots in NYC exactly where I traditionally take images. So I never count on to be emotionally attached to any of the &quotevery-block&quot photographs, and hope that I’ll be in a position to make an objective selection of the ones worth searching at.

As for the criteria that I’ve employed to choose the modest subset of each and every-block photographs that get uploaded to Flickr: there are three. First, I will upload any photo that I consider is &quotgreat,&quot and where I hope the reaction of my Flickr-pals will be, &quotI have no idea when or where that photo was taken, but it’s genuinely a terrific picture!&quot

A second criterion has to do with location, and the third includes time. I am hoping that I’ll take some images that clearly say, &quotThis is New York!&quot to any person who appears at it. Clearly, specific landscape icons like the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty would satisfy that criterion but I’m hoping that I’ll uncover other, far 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 a person from yet another element of the country, or another part of the world, I know that that’s New York!&quot And there might be some photos exactly where a &quotnon-local&quot viewer might say, &quotI had no notion that there was anyplace in New York City that was so fascinating/stunning/ugly/spectacular.&quot

As for the sense of time: I bear in mind wandering around my neighborhood in 2005, photographing numerous shops, shops, restaurants, and company establishments — and then casually hunting at the photographs about 5 years later, and getting stunned by how much had changed. Tiny by small, store by retailer, day by day, issues alter … and when you’ve been around as lengthy as I have, it’s even much more remarkable to go back and look at the images you took thirty or forty years ago, and ask yourself, &quotWas it really like that back then? Seriously, did men and women really wear bell-bottom jeans?&quot

So, with the expectation that I will be hunting at these each and every-block photographs five or ten years from now (and perhaps you will be, too), I’m going to be undertaking my greatest 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 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.

Movie posters are a trivial instance of such a time-particular 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/designs are an additional apparent example of a time-specific phenomenon and even even though I am undoubtedly not a style expert, I suspected that I’ll be in a position to look at some pictures ten years from now and mutter to myself, &quotDid we genuinely wear shirts like that? Did women really wear these weird skirts that are brief in the front, and extended in the back? Did everybody in New York have a tattoo?&quot

Another example: I’m fascinated by the interactions that people have with their cellphones out on the street. It seems that everyone has 1, which certainly wasn’t correct a decade ago and it seems that everybody walks down the street with their eyes and their entire conscious focus riveted on this little box-like gadget, utterly oblivious about anything else that may be going on (amongst other issues, that makes it extremely straightforward for me to photograph them without their even noticing, specifically if they’ve also got earphones so they can listen to music or carry on a phone conversation). But I cannot aid questioning no matter whether this sort of social behavior will seem bizarre a decade from now … especially if our cellphones have become so miniaturized that they’re incorporated into the glasses we wear, or implanted directly into our eyeballs.

Oh, one final factor: I’ve designed a customized Google Map to show the precise particulars of each and every day’s photo-walk. I will be updating it each day, and the most current portion of my every single-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 each 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 suggestions about areas that I should certainly go to to get some good images, 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 directly at ed-at-yourdon-dot-com

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

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