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A couple more New York Stories | DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

A couple more New York Stories

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No one needs to hear me go on and on about New York, but there’s a couple sites that I think are worthy of mentioning for the sake that I hope you find them as interesting as I did on NYC. The first read comes from BLDGBLOG titled New York City in Sound. It’s a reprinted essay by Walter Murch about “what it feels like to listen to Manhattan”. Ironically enough, I opened a window in my apartment which I rarely do before going through the essay and not knowing what I was about to read. Listening to the constant buzz while reading about what I’ve experienced was pretty memorable.

While sound is usually seen as a nuisance when it’s called noise, I challenge anyone to consider the street landscape of NYC to be anything less then fascinating. I was following a bunch of my network del.icio.us links when one link in particular caught my attention. Titled street mining and described as “street mining is pretty simple: once a month a bunch of people get together and go walk the streets. each month is guided by a different person showing off their favorite gems. anyone’s invited, so why not come exploring?”. Without blinking I signed up. I had no idea who was behind it nor did I have any expectations aside from wanting to see what someone else thought was worth walking and talking about in NYC. It wasn’t until after checking out who was behind the site that I had to laugh – I knew half of the dual behind the site. It was non other then friend Noah Brier who I’ve mentioned just a couple times before on this blog. Here’s his take on the idea of street mining. The first walk is scheduled for July 28th 2007.

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  • http://www.noahbrier.com Noah Brier

    That’s too funny, glad you tracked it down. Should be fun. 🙂

    And thanks for the tip on the Murch essay, look forward to reading it.

  • http://www.davidairey.com/ David Airey :: Creative Design ::

    Hi Michael,

    Just stopping by to say I love the photography you use in your posts.

    I’ve been to New York a couple of times and your images take me back.