Photo Journal: Concrete Jungle of NYC

With all its iconic landmarks and instantly recognizable skyline, New York is home to the most diverse array of people (weirdos and creepsters included unfortunately), events, culture, style, art, expression, food, architecture, fashion. A real life version of Epcot, the thing I love most about New York is that it can be as much or as little as you want it to be. It’s true that you can remove yourself from any other city but not necessarily true that that city can offer as much as New York.


Tom Hank’s very NY quote from You’ve Got Mail embodies not just the typical New Yorker’s obsession for amazing coffee (my favorite is La Colombe) but the essence of who you are in NY:


The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.


Similarly, the decisions you make in New York give you a, at the least temporary, defining sense of self: Soho. Pseudo-intellectual. Skeptic.


A kaleidoscope of life served with a side of sarcasm, these are some of the colors from New York that I dream about.



The James
27 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013


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  • Theo

    Love Highline Park. I wish HK would make better use of its old relic buildings and public spaces ala New York.

    25 February 2013 at 8:43 AM
  • such beautiful pictures! i love how you captured the solitude of the city as well!

    24 February 2013 at 11:13 PM
  • Abe

    I definitely miss NYC. I love the way your photos capture the solitude of the city. Despite the millions of people surrounding you – NYC can sometimes still feel like the loneliest place on earth.

    24 February 2013 at 1:31 AM