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.

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2 Responses to “Assignment 2”

  1. Your Cousin June 22, 2011 at 10:32 pm #

    Katy, I highly recommend the Lower East Side Tenement Museum. http://www.tenement.org/ It is very interesting, and if you read any of the “All of a Kind Family” books, you surely can’t miss it.

    • katydehoff June 22, 2011 at 10:34 pm #

      I’ve been! It was very interesting!

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