wnyc

wnyc:

americanguide:

CITY ISLAND, SEAPORT OF THE BRONX - NEW YORK

Then:

City Island, connected to Rodman’s Neck by the City Island Avenue causeway, is an important boatyard. The dull rubbed brass of sextants gleams in the shop windows, and white sloops stand like herons in the cradles of boatbuilders. Clam chowder and popcorn are sold.

New York City: Vol 1, New York City Guide (WPA, 1939)

Now:


Perhaps nowhere else in New York do natives have as strong a sense of themselves as they do on City Island, the sleepy speck of land ringed with sailboats and tacked to the eastern edge of the Bronx. The words clam digger and mussel sucker do not pop up every day, but City Islanders say they are well-known.

The New York Times (2007)

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Northeast Regional Guide Leah Frances was born in a small fishing village off the west coast of Canada and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. In pursuit of a graphic design career she moved to New York City in 2005 and now calls Crown Heights, Brooklyn, home. She spends her days in the production departments of magazines and her evenings studying at the International Center of Photography. Weekends you will find her in the back of a Greyhound bus, map in hand. Leah posts daily at americanroads.tumblr.com. 

NOW we’re talking!

I really wanna go here next summer.

it’s 8 in the morning and I am walking trough Gramercy hoping to run into Rachel Dratch but really to meet a friend for bagels at Ess-a-Bagel when I pass a ton of parents walking their kids to school. It’s adorable. I see lines and lines of families bundled up on their scooters or conjoined arms and hands crossing the street talking about the school day ahead. These kids are lucky. I don’t think they know how lucky they are to grow up here. I doubt they appreciate the spectacular childhood they probably have playing kickball at 8am in the middle of the biggest city in the world. Like you guys get to drop in for a bagel every morning. It’s the best bagel you’ll ever have in your life. You get that every day. And you live on the east side where Gramercy Park is actually touchable. That is so insane to me.

Mostly, I chose these cities for their potential to fit into new paradigms of what Millennials want for the future: fulfilling jobs; affordability; creative and diverse communities; and a sense of ownership and influence.

Where Millennials Can Make It Now

as one lady once told me, “New York is not the be all, end all” and I am seeing that - in a very in your face way - every day.

But the Citi Bike safety stands in contrast with several recent pedestrian fatalities, including the death of a nine-year old in Brooklyn last weekend struck by a driver who jumped a curb after going the wrong way down a one-way street. Although traffic fatalities have been on the decline overall, they are almost intersecting with the city’s homicide rate. As of the end of September, there were 203 traffic fatalities in the five boroughs — just 39 fewer than the number of murders in the same period. White says this points to a need to rethink policing priorities to focus on cars that speed and fail to yield to pedestrians. “We need a sea change at the NYPD,” he said. “They must enforce more against reckless driving.” (There’s one big reason that enforcement doesn’t happen at the rate some advocates would like to see: as TN reported last week, one former city official laid the blame at the feet of ticket revenue. New York City keeps all of the revenue from parking tickets
atlasobscura

atlasobscura:

190 Bowery - New York City

It’s the American Dream as a house, a building that went from rags to riches on a street once known for its murders, now known for its centrality. Photographer Jay Maisel broke the bank when he bought the bank in 1966 for $102,000. Back then, the Bowery wasn’t a place you went so much as ended up, and the main floor (now a basketball court) was allegedly knee-deep in garbage and coated in soot, with “every single thing that can come out of a human body” left on the doorstep. Maisel’s parents cried.

Today, the bohemian castle may look deceptively decrepit on the outside, but inside it’s a dream. A home-made ventilation system (to deter the insane expense of what central air would cost in such a space) consists of a network of plastic tubing throughout the building. The original 1898 copper cage elevator still works, the second and third floor are gallery spaces, the fifth floor has various workshops (including a room dedicated to Mylar-window shades), the sixth floor has bedrooms, bathrooms, and the kitchen, and the roof a wowing view of lower Manhattan.

While you’re at it, why not take lessons from Maisel? Details on 190 Bowery’s photography studio at Atlas Obscura…

are you fucking kidding me? I KNEW THIS CORNER WAS SOMETHING HIDDEN AND MAGICAL.

Part of that infatuation is a willingness to consider New York from a cinematic distance, overlooking the city’s many irritants except insofar as they add grit and drama to your story. This seems like the general approach of many New York evangelists, who complain vigorously about little things like subway hardships and bedbug plagues, and then post Instagram photos of the skyline at sunset. A not-insignificant number of the vehement New York lovers I know — especially the young twentysomethings — are actually pretty unhappy day to day. I picture the prom king’s girlfriend sitting near him at the party, ignored but still kind of proud to be in the room and on his arm — and incredibly defensive should you suggest she break up with him for someone who dotes on her more.

Why I’m Glad I Quit New York at Age 24

dude, I will absolutely take sunshine and avocados over drama and grit! 

stoptellingwomentosmile

Leilani

stoptellingwomentosmile:

For my latest poster, I sat down with Leilani - a lovely media-making, union-organizing, activist - in her home in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Below is an excerpt from our conversation on her experiences with street harassment. I’ll soon post the final portrait and poster design that came from talking with her. 

"You know, I was talking to my roommate. I came home and I was so frustrated. I was like, ‘you know, I feel like sometimes women - specifically women of color in this city - we open the door ready to go to work, or start our day, and I feel like we open the door ready to confront a fucking a war.’ It’s that serious. 
And, then people are like, ‘Oh, you’re blowing it out of proportion.’ And the whole defense of ‘Oh, well they didn’t mean it that way.’ But, at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what the perpetrator means or doesn’t mean, it’s about how it affects me as a woman, walking down the street. I don’t care if you had no ill intention. It’s like the whole concept of what makes a person a racist or not. ‘Oh, I didn’t mean it that way.’ No! You don’t get to decide what is sexist and what is not. How it affects me - my heart, my spirit - how it simply affects my day… And people wonder why you walk around with a chip on your shoulder. And it’s like, you walk in my shoes for a few days.”

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this series is incredibly important to me. and should be to any girl.

letters2myneighbors
letters2myneighbors:

Dear New York Neighbors,
Every time I see a girl in NYC with a scrunchy I think of that Sex and the City scene where guy and Carrie (who whoever it was) argue about how a real NYC woman wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a scrunchy and then I want to help the poor woman by discussing this scene with her and ask how she could possibly think it was ok to wear a scrunchy in public (let alone own one in general). And then I think I am a horrible person, which I think is what Carrie was being in the scene, and then I get sad and eat a bagel.
-YN


SAME.

letters2myneighbors:

Dear New York Neighbors,

Every time I see a girl in NYC with a scrunchy I think of that Sex and the City scene where guy and Carrie (who whoever it was) argue about how a real NYC woman wouldn’t be caught dead wearing a scrunchy and then I want to help the poor woman by discussing this scene with her and ask how she could possibly think it was ok to wear a scrunchy in public (let alone own one in general). And then I think I am a horrible person, which I think is what Carrie was being in the scene, and then I get sad and eat a bagel.

-YN

SAME.