NYC in 3D: the multiple dimensions of New York
Milan Kundera once wrote: “The beauty of New York is unintentional; it arose independent of human design, like a stalagmite cavern.”
This is the 3rd post about our trip to New York City. When we wandered around the city, three dimensions of New York became very clear. Three dimensions of viewing the city: from above, from the outside and from within.
I promised this to be a photography post, so I will let the pictures talk for themselves.
But I miss a fourth dimension. An intangible one. New York is more than regular 3D. I believe many of these big cities are more than 3D. The way you experience a city like New York is something you cannot predict. You have to zoom into the city and see how it expands beyond the physical. It might sound very ‘elevated’ to some, but when you consciously try to find the soul of a city you will be surprised. You have to look up, feel and listen because there is no design. It just happens.
I was inspired to write about pattern expansion because of a post by Manuel Loigeret about expanding fractals.
The soul of a city is formed by a collection of its stories. It’s the New York Stories that make the difference, big and small. Each story covering a whole life of experiences, beliefs and expectations.
It’s that man reading a book and drinking his coffee. Gearing himself up for another day of hard work.
It’s a tourist walking Time Square having the time of his life.
It’s riding the subway and watching people. Listening to their stories, getting a small glimpse into their lives.
It’s the diversity of people with different stories that make the book called New York so interesting.
It’s that fractal that keeps expanding, the right way.
Bway & 22nd. German tourists staring at Empire State Bldg. Father: "There's a picture." Teenage daughter "Soon it will sink into the sea."—
(@nycstories) May 09, 2011