Monday, April 23, 2007

Block by block

If you have never read E.B. White's short book titled Here is New York, you really ought to. It's a beautiful statement about the city and captures its essence in a way that only, perhaps, George Gershwin's music--or some of Woody Allen's movies--can.

Mary went on a walk at lunch today to buy a simple houseplant, traveling out of her Madison Ave. neighborhood and through a few blocks that seemed like they were the mecca of discounted clothing stores, and then into the flower mart area.

Block by block, New York seems to change character. Walk a block in one direction, and you might be smack dab in the middle of a million tourists (i.e., the area around the Empire State Building). Walk a block in the other direction, and you'll find yourself in the major high-rent district of Fifth Avenue.

Walk a block in yet another direction, and you'll see the demographics change and the rents almost visibly decrease.

It's truly a feast for the eyes and ears--perfect for us writer/photographer types.

Speaking of photography, now that the weather is better, start looking for more photos on this site. Mary accidentally walked off without the camera today, but she'll have it with her tomorrow for her lunchtime excursion.

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