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Spring has signaled return of the fruit stands, little islands of spherically-contained naturally sugary fruitplosions and fruitruptions all nurtured to fruition by a little bit of warm weather.

…and horning in on the action, a few pathetic inedible houseplants, clad only in their limited shades of green.

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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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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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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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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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