Archive | April, 2011

Assignment 3

29 Apr

This area of New York City, from Trump Palace to Central Park West, Sutton Place, Beekman Place, and East End Avenue has a very different feel than the Lower East Side, the first area I blogged about. The feel is much more upscale and this is evident for several different reasons. First of all, there is no graffiti, which makes me think that the people who live in the neighborhood respect where they live and don’t want to defile it. The cars that are in this area are well taken care of and so are the streets in general. There is no trash on the street. There is also construction going on that suggests that the area is affluent and capable of expanding and growing in a positive way. The buildings are also clean and well kept.  They appear to be office buildings, since there isn’t a business sign on most of them. The business that there are pictures of are very amusing. For instance, there’s a “Cat Hospital.” This seems to suggest to me that people have the money and ability to take their pet to a specialized hospital if they are in trouble. Trees grow here and there and suggest that someone has taken the time to tend to them. There also isn’t anyone loitering around. If people are in the pictures, they are walking somewhere with a purpose. There is even what appears to be a happy couple holding hands in one of the pictures. What I have to wonder is, are these people truly happy? Popular society suggests to us that money and material possessions can buy happiness. Obviously this isn’t true when you consider how unhappy wealthy people are sometimes. When I think back to the poorer people who I saw when examining the Lower East Side, I can’t help but wonder if they are in many ways happier than the people who reside in this affluent area of Central Park West and Trump Palace.

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Assignment 2

14 Apr

The area of New York City that I chose to analyze visually was the Lower East side. More specifically, the area below Canal St., east of Broadway; Grand Street from Wagner Place north to Grand at the FDR Drive. After viewing the pictures on New York in Plain Sight, I have noticed a few commonalities throughout the images.  Many of the building are home to businesses such as Rite Aide, Laundromats, etc. About half of the buildings seem to be run down and dirty and the other half are clean and are more professional establishments like Citibank, for example. One interesting thing about some of the buildings in the images is that a lot of the establishments have their name in English and in Chinese. There are also places listed “For Rent.” There is some graffiti in some of the images and people are walking or sitting along sidewalk. Other people are biking and there are also people in cabs or other cars. The Brooklyn Bridge is also seen in one of the images. There is also a respectable looking little school that has its name both in English and in Chinese. It’s called St. James: A commitment to Academic Excellence. I also noticed a lot of police cars in the collection of images.  I chose these streets to study because I could tell there was a lot of culture to them. The businesses being listed in Chinese especially caught my eye. The people seem to be from a range of social classes and this also attracted me.

Assignment 1

13 Apr

Sarah Katherine “Katy” DeHoff

sdehoff@elon.edu

katyinny.wordpress.com