Photographer's Note

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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