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In response to the Dailypost challenge, Street, this is my reply. The photograph was quickly taken back in August, 2013 in New York City. The street is 7th Avenue at the junction with Times Square. Like a lot of Manhattan, the photograph is full of colour, possibly every colour under the sun is in here somewhere.

The barker is chilling out on his chair in the hot sun, and his stall has nothing to do with the shop behind them, Smilers. Like any city the world over, New York is made up of a myriad of streets, although, apart from the Lower East Side, the streets are laid out like a huge gride. Hence you have 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Avenues etc running left to right and crossed by streets named 30th, 50th, 69th etc running the full length of the island that is New York City.

I love New York and there’s not a street that isn’t of interest to any visitor. Since the introduction of zero tolerance, it has become one of the safest places in the world. Another thing about New York, you can probably get anything you want there! If you can’t, then it’s either not been invented yet or it never existed. Music, food, film, theatre, it has it all. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think I’d live there, but to visit is just fantastic.

I have spent the whole day wandering the length of Manhattan, people watching as I go. You can’t beat it. On one street, I saw a very smartly dressed guy yet he was wearing a short skirt, fishnet stockings and high heels. Turn a corner and there, not 2 feet away from me was actress Angelina Jolie with a personal minder. The streets of New York may not be paved with gold, but they are full of characters.

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  • angloswiss
    April 5, 2016

    My memories are similar to yours. Our hotel was near Times Square. I remember seeing the illuminated picture of Jay Leno looking out of the window of the hotel and then I didn’t even know who he was. We were there in 1993. I remember Mr. Swiss buying a pair of jeans on Times Square at around 10.30 in the evening, yes New York never seems to sleep.

    • admin
      April 5, 2016

      Yes, it would seem they never sleep. Police and ambulance sirens always wailing too.

  • Inspiring Max
    April 7, 2016

    What a great photo. New York City is on my bucket list — good to know it is a safe city these days.

    • admin
      April 7, 2016

      Thank you Inspiring Max.

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