There's never a shortage of color on NYC streets, and I saw this man walking past some giant claws on the north side of Union Square. This storefront was undergoing renovations, and the artwork hid the work inside, while scaffolding surrounded it, creating shadowy lines.
If you've ever visited Manhattan, you know that most of the streets follow a planned grid. This grid was created long before it was necessary, and while most of the city was still crammed into lower Manhattan. The planners had the foresight to look ahead, and envision the city spreading north and growing rapidly. Their proposal was called the "Commissioner's Plan of 1811".
The grid was originally designed to stretch from 14th Street to 155th Street. It didn't include Central Park, (that was created decades later), and it didn't matter what the topography of Manhattan was at the time. Hills were flattened, and the ground was made completely level.
The only street that wasn't part of the grid was Broadway. It's the oldest north-south thoroughfare in Manhattan. It was first used by Native Indians, and then by Dutch settlers. Broadway was allowed to follow its original path, snaking slightly to the west as it moves north.
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boa (7715) 2014-01-26 12:30
I had only heard about this grid before i visited NYC for the first time. I discovered very soon how ingeniously this planned grid is, especially for tourists. It is very easy to find an adress and estimate the distance in advance! A fine composed picture of this busy man. I like the colorful background and the shadows from the scaffoldings that reminds of Manhattans planned grid :) well done!
Have a nice evening/
mesutilgim (97738) 2014-01-26 12:30
I like those kind of captures ; combination of a graffiti Wall with Daily life.
Your entry shows this fact perfectly.
TFS and best regards
carlo62 (55776) 2014-01-26 14:50
mi piace questo scatto, il dinamismo del ragazzo è messo in risalto dalla sua stessa ombra e il quadro si completa con i molteplici colori dello sfondo.
Un bel colpo d'occhio e una bella esecuzione.
emka (107819) 2014-01-26 23:38
Hi Brenda, Perfect timing. Have you waited for someone going here? Good observation, excellent execution, good title.
Have a nice week
saxo042 (37968) 2014-01-27 3:09
I actually read your note first, it is very interesting. Then I took a long look at the picture and I find this also very good. Many attractive colours and lines from the shadows and the walking man looks like a typical New Yorker.
annjackman (21903) 2014-01-27 8:48
The temporary facade is delightfully colourful and I like the strong shadows adding an extra layer of design. You caught the man very well (of course on the phone!)and the door is well placed on the third.
I like it a lot.
Kind Regards, Ann
Noel_Byrne (33732) 2014-01-27 8:49
This is a creative and colourful capture which I like a lot! A unique moment never again to be repeated, and you captured it for eternity! A fascinating play of light and color, shapes and the man walking through. The darkness of that open door is quite unnerving too, it looks like an entrance to another world!
All the best
macjake (73061) 2014-01-27 13:21
always great to see another new photo from NYC!
and just like you say, there's often a colorful scene to be had somewhere.
here's an interesting thought...i think it was Gert who once said to me...when photographing people walking across your scene, its best to have them walking left to right...visually its easier on the eyes - kind of like the rule of thirds.
When the person is walking right to left like in your shot here, its as if he's walking OUT of the scene...left to right they're walking INTO the scene.
Personally, i'm still not convinced of it. What do you think? walking left or right, doesn't matter to me, but it does make me think about it when i'm taking a photo.
thanks as always :)
Hope its not too cold back east
PaulVDV (32743) 2014-01-27 19:48
You always succeed in showing us a very colourful NYC!
With that opening in the artistic cover of the renovation works at the left side, I think that the person is located on the right spot on the picture.
Very interesting note of the city planning.
Best regards, Paul
Sergiom (89279) 2014-01-28 5:27
Excellent titre pour une excellente photo.J'aime beaucoup les photographies de passants devant des murales. Souvent, ils sont totalement inconscient à ce qui se passe autour d'eux.
jcpix (13950) 2014-01-29 14:24
Hi there Brenda!
Sure hope you've been able to stay warm lately, my word you've had some bitter cold weather this year! Before I realized this was taken back in October I thought this guy was out of his ever lovin' mind for being so casually dressed in the midst of winters wrath!? I don't mean to be jerk, but we're hovering around 75-80 right now...come to Az. and enjoy the heat!
An explosion of color and art here, this is quite an assault on the eyes at first glance...but I really like what it's all about and how you've maximized its potential. An every day street scene brought to life with the man in motion, and as you mentioned, the shadows from the scaffolding add to the mix of mayhem. :)
I've only been twice, but I felt NYC was easy enough to navigate, I rarely had a problem finding my way around...and when I did, every local I encountered was more than happy to help. Maybe it's just my experience, but I haven't been able to figure out the gruff NY'er stereotype. :) Enjoy the rest of the evening. Stay bundled up. Take good care.
Friendly wishes from out West,
wolf38 (31296) 2014-01-31 6:40
Hi Brenda. Beautiful modern world. The public living space becomes more colorful. But people are busy with other things. The mobile phones make the world smaller - and people sometimes lonely. Really an interesting photo.
batalay (40523) 2014-02-03 22:11
It's a wonderful photo, and an equally engaging and informative note. I had no idea that the grid design entered the city planning that early, but it makes sense. In Washington, DC, Frenchman L'Enfant from that era is given credit for the same visionary design, a Cartesian grid pattern. Now is this pedestrian on a cell phone, or is he simply trying to warm his neck?
bona (13739) 2014-02-28 11:35
nice capture rich in colors and moviment. I like to much the paint on the wall. Nice title too.
pili51 (1853) 2014-03-21 11:31
Hi dear Brenda,
En primer lugar quiero agradecer tu amabilidad de escribirme tus comentarios en castellano, que por supuesto lo haces muy bien, te felicito.
Eres una buena reportera de tu hermosa ciudad, que para mí es la capital del mundo. :-)
Yo he estado dos veces allí, y pienso volver me gusta muchisimo.
La imagen que nos presentas aquí es muy gráfica y alegre, es una toma hecha con decisión, con una buena nitidez, y bonitos colores.
Tu nota informativa es interesante y muy informativa para aquellos que nos gusta el urbanismo y la historia de las ciudades.
Barcelona tambien es una ciudad que urbanísticamente tiene una cuadricula, que fue creada por un arquitecto y ingeniero llamado Ildefonso Cerdá, fue en el año 1860.
Have a nice WE,
PS: we want to return in NY for the third time, perhaps next year, and meet you personally could make us very happy.
serp2000 (45970) 2014-04-07 16:12
Good evening, Brenda,
I see you also like the art works on the walls indeed.
Impressive high quality for cell-mobile... Perfect sharpness, splendid colors.
I have got some strange call from Massachusetts, but I can't connect it with your reply ;))
All the best wishes from LA!
- Copyright: Brenda Elaine (worldcitizen) (9454)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-10-18
- Categories: Daily Life, Artwork
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): MOBILE PHONES [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2014-01-26 12:05