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In St. Marks Place the deeds were done and done again as my life is done in St. Marks Place. Most places were open, a few places closed, but all the colors much brighter than anywhere else in the city. You’ll see.

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Is it open, closed, a business, a home…who knows… But it’s purple!

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This is the orange door you heard about.

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An editorial.

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She made me promise to show things moving in, too.

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Fruit!

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In St. Mark’s Place, single bicycles come buoyed by the slim hope of meeting their perfect mate only to be ensnared by the insidious Venus Fly Rack. In these photos, often ghoulish and grisly in their stark depictions of bicycle decay, see the result that awaits the unwary traveler.

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Broadway, in the Apthorp.

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These next three are on W. 72nd St.

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Actually, I think this is somewhere else, but I can’t remember where…. Madison Ave., maybe?

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A splashdash collection today that sums up the area around 40th and 3rd. Two large restaurant spaces, a Dalmatian driving a US Postal Service truck and my inexplicable fascination with outdoor fruit. But not in that order. A couple of days ago, a young woman’s death at Iran election protests is captured on video and I’m posting this nonsense.

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A man sits in front of a construction site on West 57th Street, silent witness to closed and closing businesses.

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…and today’s gratuitous display of outdoor fruit.

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First place, upper west side-ish division including Broadway from 57th to 76th St. Is there an uglier building on the Upper West Side than this one at Broadway and 76th? This building will be entered into the Manhattan regionals with a winner to be announced some time after I get around to photographing all the buildings in the borough.

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This stretch of buildings on West 57th St. finished last.

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Protest, free speech, alive and well in Times Square

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…while lounge chairs and open space replace cars and trucks…

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…and 21 blocks to the south, a man arranges his fruit.

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On the SE corner of the block, a huge furniture store closes.

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…a closeup of the carnage.

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Meanwhile, on the NE corner, this empty hulk blots the horizon…

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…while a lone brave soul uses the mailbox for cover as she passes the abandoned structure.

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Beleaguered pedestrians do not seem to notice this closed NY institution.

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A fruit stand and vendor await customers near the corner of 57th & 3rd. Who will buy my sweet red roses. Ripe strawberries, ripe!

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A couple of weeks ago I came across these two statues by Frederick Wellington Ruckstull seated by the doors of the Appellate Court building at 26th St. and Madison Ave. On the left sits a scholar, a large book on his lap and the words: “Any law not based on WISDOM is a menace to the state.” On the right, a soldier with sword (?) on his knees and these words: “We must not use FORCE until just laws are defied.” More than a century ago these ideals were held strongly enough to proclaim in stone at the entrance to a courthouse.

The first two photos should be one long panorama, but I couldn’t get them to stitch together properly. In the first shot, one of the doorways is crooked – there wasn’t an earthquake, I just lined things up crookedly.

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This DVD store is NOT closed. It just looks that way. NOT Closed. Still Open. You can buy DVDs there. I think you can sell them or rent them too. Not closed. Open.

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Finally, this image, a panorama of a section of the garden at St. Luke’s of the Fields on Hudson Ave. I know – it’s too long and narrow to really see any detail from this photo. If you’re in the neighborhood and like trees, flowers, birds, and butterflies, pop in for a visit. There are some fantastic and uncommon or NYC trees there, like a Dawn Redwood and what I think is a Crape Myrtle.

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Urban street fruit is faring very well these days. In most Manhattan neighborhoods, you don’t have to walk more than a few blocks before finding fruit you can acquire without having to enter a store. Fruit has many uses: it’s edible, you can decorate a hat with it, and when made airborne, is a thoughtful way to express your opinion of live theater.

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This last one isn’t technically fruit. Those of you over the age of 35 might recognize these as vegetables, a less than popular subset of fruit. Do vegetables get short shrift in the city? Wouldn’t a broccoli and cabbage stand strategically located in Times Square help initiate veggie-phobics to the pleasures of cruciferous plants? Why isn’t a city agency addressing these questions?

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