New York Street Scenes

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Years of walking and photographing the streets of Manhattan have fostered an intimacy with the flavor of different neighborhoods.  Some of these areas have defined the last century of immigrant life in New York: the Lower East Side, once a haven for Eastern European and Russian Jews, but now evolving into a pricey East Village; Little Italy, which seems to shrink more each year but still has a distinct presence; Chinatown, full of exotic foods and symbolic trinkets. Vestiges of these times remain in spots like Yonah Shimmel’s Knish Bakery.

   Other neighborhoods seem to have retained their associations. Broadway shows, Times Square, and classical concert-life endures, and the quick before-show bites grabbed at Katz’s or the Carnegie Deli are still a part of the New York scene.  Intellectual life at major universities, especially in the neighborhoods surrounding Columbia uptown and New York University in Washington Square, continues as lively as ever.