Sunday, May 10, 2020

I Happen to Like New York

Even though the New York Times and other major media outlets keep repeating the idea that New York City is dead in the coronavirus shutdown, let's not give up on it yet. There are signs of life out there. Even in grief and absence, the soul of the city is thrumming, playing in a lower register, quieter and more inward.

I made this short video from photos and films I've been taking around town since the beginning of the shutdown. The spirit of the city, the beauty and life, is here. You just have to look a little harder for it.




9 comments:

pete said...

This is great - made my day. Every so often the lyrics of Miami 2017 come true here, but the City always pulls through. Thanks again for this.

------m said...

your video definitely hits the mark... I am a native new yorker - downtown new yorker --
the spirit you captured hits home emotionally.
I sent this to friends nearby, friends who have left new york, and friends out of country.

receiving a good deal of positive feedback......

once again - thank you jeremiah!!!
------m

Pat said...

Thank you for posting. I needed a good cry.

lips said...

Welcome to the beginning of New York's second 'White Flight' (first one was in 60's) when whites moved out in droves. The rents dropped and which, over time, lured in artists, musicans, weirdos, freaks, creative types). But that won't happen this time. Now New York's real estate lobby runs Albany (has rewritten the laws). The landlords now can make money whether the apartment is empty or not. Less people means less tax dollars means less police, (higher crime rates) and a very empty city.

BrooklynCynic said...

terrific-thank you!

gvision@earthlink.net said...

Jeremiah you have brilliantly crystallized NY in this film. You have succeeded in making a present day historical recording of a very special time. I was getting so depressed about how much we are losing every day, of course our New Yorkers, our people our old timers our amazing neighbors and the ones we never knew until we read their obits. In my 38 years i have lost all of my buildings and restaurants, my bars, my spots, and with this new disaster I was about to give up all hope. Maybe this will clear out the rich, crash the FIRE sector and allow a few years...of some other New New York to take root. She's still there. Thank you for showing her to me. Brooklyn has been very quiet.
-gale

Frosty said...

Manufacturing left new York City,and also living in the suburbs was part of the post-war dream of success.

Unknown said...

Great video!.. Jeremiah I was a NYC transplant like you. I came in the mid 80s and LOVED and BREATHED the energy and air of NYC... But unfortunately NYC has been losing its character for years and although I still love and work in NYC, the city pushed me out to the suburbs.... The 3 Gs took me out of NYC...Glitz, glamour, and gentrification (priced out)...
Ironically, maybe this pandemic is a course correction for NYC that will slow the momentum in the decline of NYC.

Let's hope so!

Corey & Co. said...

Brilliant choice of images. I teared
up for the New Yorkers hanging on...and what they are hanging on to.