Each layer is created by days and years, people and movements, politics and community bumping and flowing into and through each other like jazz notes – the city is built in moments, it develops, matures, ages, becomes derelict and is reborn in some small way everyday, through the air, through the streets, through the city-zens.
Aminah Ricks, February 2017, Nolita NYC
Photo Credit: Aminah Ricks
How would our neighborhoods change if a majority of the streetscape were not used primarily as storage for cars?
Children playing a game of pick-up soccer
Older people strolling by and sitting on stoops
Couples passing on bikes
Toddlers free to walk and fall without worry
Benches full of teenagers gossiping and giggling
Someone reading a book or a magazine
If we want our streets to be ALIVE we have to put people first and reconsider that instead of being co-opted as parking lots for rarely used cars, they could be thriving centers of city life.
Along Sixth Avenue, buildings line the street, of varying heights and colors.
The city as living organism, reflects the people who live within; tall or short, new and old, eclectic or classic, standing together to create the mosaic of our communities.
Cityscape reflects life.
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Cover Photography: Aminah Ricks