Harpers: The Death of a Once Great City
via Dave Winer
NY Times: The Ballad of a Neighborhood Deli
As they did in 2008, and in years prior, state legislators left Manhattan congestion pricing out of the budget. They did include a $2.75 per-ride surcharge on for-hire vehicles. That’s a little something, but not enough.
Congestion pricing should have been implemented 10 years ago, but I’m sure we’ll be talking about it again in another decade.
A Photographer’s Search for Joy in Uncertain Times highlights some of Meryl Meisler’s street photography from the 70s and 80s.
Along with a few photos, there are nuggets like this–in reference to her practice of bumming smokes as an icebreaker:
“It wasn’t about the cigarettes; it was about the people,” … “It was a way of saying hello to people and being less shy.”
Photo by Meryl Meisler
In 1999, Michael Berman photographed over 300 random people all over Manhattan. Now he is tracking down as many of them as he can find to re-photograph and talk to them. In many cases, he’s been able photograph them in the same spot. He plans to create a documentary and publish a book of the work.
By the way, Berman’s pictures of 80s & 90s New York are pretty great as well.
Photo by: Michael Berman