A few nice best of new york images I found:
Chance to Win DREAM TRIP
Nothing fazes a New Yorker…
Image by Ed Yourdon
You’ll be relieved to know that the guy in the foreground of this picture is not dead. At least, I don’t think he’s dead; I’m pretty sure I saw him twitch at least once while I was taking the picture.
But I don’t think it would have bothered the young woman at all, while she concentrated on her sandwich and soda.
Note: this photo was published as an illustration in a Sep 2009 Mahalo blog titled "Bryant Young," at www-dot-mahalo-dot-com/bryant-young, even though it has nothing to do with the football player of that name….
It was also published in a Jun 6, 2012 blog titled "Top 10 Places To Visit This Summer."
Things have certainly changed in Bryant Park, behind the main branch of the New York Public Library, during the past 40 years. In 1969, I recall the park being a staging area for several Vietnam protest rallies (click here for an example); today, it seems to be used for concerts, public movies, picnics, sunbathing, and petanque.
It’s also amazing to see the high-tech, almost space-age, office buildings that now tower over the park, on 42nd Street, and Avenue of the Americas. When I worked in this area in the 1970s and 1980s, there were mostly 2-story and 3-story ramshackle buildings here, with pizza joints and tourist-junk stores on the ground floor…
I walked around the park for about half an hour, at lunch-time on a pleasant summer Saturday afternoon. Saw lots of interesting sights, did my best to capture the overall mood and feeling…