Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Death and Life in New York

New York City is one of the most
interesting cities
in the world
to walk in.

It's also one of the easiest
to walk around.
Easy to navigate.
Hard to get lost in.
Easy to get lost in details and history.

Just raise your eyes just a little bit
and keep moving your head.
And don't just rush ahead to make the next green light.
Red is good too.
Gives you some rest. And a moment to discover.
Embrace red.
Especially in the middle of a block.
Not only the corners are worth stopping at.

I can't think of any other city so ever changing
right in front of your eyes.
No matter how many times I walk down the same street
or avenue I discover something new.

If we could walk on different vertical
levels even more would reveal itself.
Castles and Mansions are built on top of buildings.
Havens in heaven. Gardens in the sky.

It wouldn't surprise me if there are
cemeteries up there as well.
Closer to God.

On a more humble level I yesterday discovered a new cemetery.
Well, new for me.
It's quite old for such a new city.
The Third Cemetery of the Spanish Portuguese Synagogue
Shearith Israel in the City of New York 1829-1854.

Located on 21st street between 6th and 7th avenues.
Bang in the middle of the hip and highly desirable Chelsea neighborhood.
Chelsea is home to a vibrant, creative gay community,
and well off hip straights with an artistic leaning, large wallets,
and an open-minded world-view.
It's the world's leading art gallery area.
The area is full of small creative offices.
Interactive, photography, design.
Some of the most valuable land in the world.
One of the most vibrant neighborhoods in America.
Here some rest in peace.
That's New York.

And that's why we love it.

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