Eats

Amsterdam and West 92nd Street, New York, May 2016

Amsterdam and West 92nd Street, New York, May 2016

Traditional supermarkets, most of which were fairly shoddy places and will not be missed, are fleeing from New York City in droves. Instead, many folks are now ordering online from Freshdirect and other suppliers, leading to a new class of minimum-wage occupations. This guy is heaving some nosh for Upper West Siders up Amsterdam avenue. That’s 24 families taken care of including one lot who get toilet paper as well.

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Frank Gehry, How About That

Trashcan on Upper West Side, New York, May 2016

Trashcan on Upper West Side, New York, May 2016

This trashcan has suffered some tragic mishap but continues to soldier on like all true New Yorkers. I was tempted to adopt it and add it to my found art collection.

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Apple Store

The Apple Store, 1981 Broadway at 67th Street, New York, April 2016

The Apple Store, 1981 Broadway at 67th Street, New York, April 2016

Another in a series of everyday life in New York.

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Mini Mexidog

Dog in doorway, Loreto, San Miguel, Apr 2016

Dog in doorway, Loreto, San Miguel, Apr 2016

Dogs, dogs, everywhere. Particularly the tiny ones which Mexicans love. A preference that perhaps would improve New York instead of the massive megacanines that seem to be the favorite there. Thanks to this one in particular for posing so nicely.

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Colors

Flower ladies in the jardin, San MIguel, Apr 2016

Flower ladies in the jardin, San MIguel, Apr 2016

Most of the visitors from Mexico City have now returned home, so the flower sellers are taking it easy for a while. As always, wonderful colors.

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Number What?

House on Relox, San MIguel de Allende, Apr 2016

House on Relox, San MIguel de Allende, Apr 2016

This house on Relox, in San Miguel, is typically Mexican in every way. Narrow as it is, it has two front doors. Better still, it has three addresses, the doors numbered 18 and 18A, and the house number, between the two doors is 32. I don’t know who gets the reviewing balcony above, or perhaps that’s the door to number 32.

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Pretty Clever

Seen on Relox, San Miguel de Allende, Apr 2016

Seen on Relox, San Miguel de Allende, Apr 2016

As a wayfinding professional, I am impressed by these two sorting out the streets of San Miguel at this early age. Sticking out your tongue of course always helps.

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From the Campesino

Fruit and Flower Vendor, San Miguel, Apr 2016

Fruit and Flower Vendor, San Miguel, Apr 2016

Our street ends is a small square, or rather triangle, where the buses stop and Insurgentes lurches to the right. An ideal place for folks from the outlying campesinos to bus in and sell fruit, vegetables, flowers, and all manner of other stuff to folks just passing. The fountain, like most fountains in San Miguel, no longer works, but provides a great place to sit.

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The Sidewalks of San Miguel

Sidewalk on Organos, San MIguel de Allende

Sidewalk on Organos, San MIguel de Allende

San Miguel de Allende is famous for its narrow sidewalks, the standard width being about two feet. But even that doesn’t help very much as sidewalks here are basically just a zone for accommodating steps, utility poles, and garbage. You soon get very good at hopping sideways.

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Viernes de Dolores and Tacos

Taco truck, Mesones, San Miguel de Allende, March 2016

Taco truck, Mesones, San Miguel de Allende, March 2016

It’s Holy week again here in San Miguel, beginning tonight with Viernes de Dolores, the Friday of Sorrows. The streets are all closed to traffic around us in Centro while everyone is out viewing the shrines built in house doorways. Visiting the local taco trucks like this one behind the Templo de San Francisco is also an essential part of the celebrations.

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