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Vans by Diogo Potes

In the summer of ‘94 I was walking along 42nd Street (or 41st?), headed to Grand Central. The amount of tourists increased as I zigzagged north and east, and I weaved my way around them. They poked along, blocking the way for those of us in a hurry.

The day was sunny and beautiful, so I didn’t really mind. I passed a jewelry store on the corner, with gold lettering and gold-colored trim and came up against a late-middle-aged crowd of that was waiting for the walk sign. They all wore the tourist’s uniform of brightly colored short-sleeve shirts, embarrassing shorts and brand-new tennis shoes with white socks. Their clothes annoyed me, since I doubted any of them would look so silly back home.

That’s when I heard the woman screaming.

At this particular corner there was some scaffolding up, and a few of the tourists had stepped into the gutter to sidestep its dingy blue columns. A woman with auburn hair, wearing a white shirt and navy shorts, was shouting and screaming hysterically at the back of a southbound MTA bus. The walk sign lit up, but the crowd didn’t move the way it normally does, it was stuck to the sidewalk all around the auburn-haired woman.

Her white canvas shoes looked too delicate for a city dweller, and sure enough the right one was ripped in half. The front half of her foot seemed to be gone with it, or mangled beyond recognition by the weight of the bus and what must have been a quick slide or spin of the tire. It was hard to tell what was left, the blood was flowing so fast.

Her eyes were almost glazed as she stood screaming at the bus. The bus, for its part, lumbered along, like some mindless beast that had pushed her aside without knowing she was there. Yet she screamed as if it would stop, come back, and return her foot to her. Her tour group all seemed to have the groggy look of people waking from a long nap, interrupted by their friend’s horror.

I crossed the street while those nearest to her converged on her in cautious slow motion.

I wondered where she was from. Ohio, maybe, I thought. Or perhaps central Pennsylvania. She probably was leading the rest of the group to Grand Central Station, to see the soaring spaces and be surprised by the art exhibit that was there that month. She may have had tickets to a Broadway show that night. In fact, for some reason I feel confident that she did. 

But I imagine she was in a hospital room that night instead, sedated, hating New York, the big city, that horrible place with the bus that took her foot. Healing and learning to balance would take time before it could even start. She wouldn’t get her prosthetic foot, her souvenir of the big awful place, for a while yet.

I suppose she’s wearing it now.

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On The Hero Report podcast, we talk quite a lot about ordinary or everyday heroism.

This is a pretty fantastic example of someone diffusing a violent situation in a non-violent manner. By intervening in the way that he does, he prevents the situation from escalating any further; what’s more, his actions seem to open up a space for others to act rather than simply to watch or film what’s happening.

HT: Matt Langdon.

I enjoyed this post. I recall, living in SoHo years ago, the changeover of August: the tourists leave and the wealthy return from the Hamptons.

Those of us that lived there through the summer preferred the tourists.

I used to walk past this building almost every day on my way to work and back. It was an interesting figure back then, if only for its lack of appeal; such an iconic-looking edifice, with a drab lobby and little urban impact or importance, on occasion filled by down-scale tourists in their obligatory white-canvas shoes.

I’d weave my way around them and into the gutter, on the rare occasions that they spilled out into the sidewalk waiting for their tour buses to arrive.

It has been extensively renovated since then, and I haven’t yet seen the improvements. I hope the inside now lives up to the statement the outside makes—that’s a tough order to fill.

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New York, New York

Amazing video. Watch it now before they pull it down!




Police pen up and mace female “Occupy Wall Street” protesters

In a disturbing scene from today’s “Occupy Wall Street” protests, a group of peaceful female protesters were rounded up in an orange-colored mesh pen by police and subsequently sprayed with mace without any provocation.

In spite of multiple reported incidents of possible police violence, major media outlets seem to be content to let the protests go by completely unreported, following the same “who-cares” attitude they have taken toward recent revelations that the NYPD has violated the Constitutional rights of American citizens by spying on them as possible terrorists and enemies of the state despite a complete absence of evidence of any crimes.

This is absolutely disturbing. Penning people up to mace them is police brutality. Period. 

Here’s a longer video that shows slightly more context. Literally, the macing of these protesters came out of nowhere. 

This video of police brutality is, well…brutal.  But it’s also really important to watch.

Katherine Hepburn after the hurricane of 1938

via @ebertchicago

Need more money to love New York.


At the corner of 10th Ave


Gil Scott-Heron - New York Is Killing Me (Chris Cunningham Remix)

A rich song (and video) expressing the brutal by displaying humanity and its frailty, and sharing a detachment that is not by choice.

Rest in peace.

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Busy day in Manhattan…


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Times Square, Helen Ferguson Crawford

"ingredients: lights buildings air steam sand darkness water wood steel paint shutter aperture hand wind shadow headlights speed crossing subway vents people wandering late night air february sea islands"


Gil Scott-Heron, “New York Is Killing Me” (Chris Cunningham remix)

I love the original version, but this video remix is beautifully done, and menacingly poetic.