Photo by myself in Washington Square Park.
A group of what looked like good friends or acquaintances shared folk songs this weekend. Seeing and listening to this crew made me wonder if New York of the 70s was anything similar.
I'm glad you all enjoy the portraits of people I run into on the street. I should clarify that these are portraits of 'actual' New Yorkers, not 'real' ones. No one is any more or less 'New York' than anyone else. My bad!
What does it mean to be 'a New Yorker', anyway? It's impossible to classify people because there are always exceptions. But you could say that those who live in New York share certain things, like living in a large city packed with different cultures, religions and walks of life. We experience/tolerate/survive the sidewalks, the subway and city living every day.
For more generalities about New Yorkers, how are these: we work too hard, pay too much in rent, don't save enough money, enjoy a wide variety of ethnic foods, walk fast, don't smile enough, own a disproportionate amount of dark clothing and treat the subway as a part of our homes.
About me - I lived on the Upper West Side for ten years and have been in Brooklyn for the last few. I certainly don't know everything about this place, but I do proudly call it home.
Related posts: All That Jazz, Don't Stop the Music, on the Upper West Side and Performing Free, in Bryant Park.