LIC, February 2012.
inaugural new camera post
André Kertész, Washington Square, New York, 1966
“André Kertész has two qualities that are essential for a great photographer : an insatiable curiosity about the world, about people, and about life, and a precise sense of form.”
endicott battery, fort totten
“European cities have had decades to develop cycling cultures. The Dutch and the Danes are said to be among the happiest people on earth, which I can’t help but imagine must have something to do with their bike culture. You find bicycle clubs for the elderly there, clusters of teenage boys with girls perched on the backs of their bikes, commuters chatting along the bike paths, which provide a natural mix of intimacy and distance. On a bike, the city shrinks.”
Happy birthday, George Washington Bridge! Today in 1931, the famous bridge opened to traffic for the first time. To mark the occasion, NYPL’s own Jeremy Megraw did a blog about his love of the 80-year-old G-Dubs, and above is a cigarette card from sometime between 1931 and 1940 documenting the early years of the bridge. It is from our George Arents Collection. Enjoy!
Out of the twenty-five largest cities, it is the most unequal city in the United States for income distribution. If it were a nation, it would come in as the fifteenth worst among 134 countries ranked by extremes of wealth and poverty…