A better map of New York
Street photographer Brandon Stanton originally thought to create his own photographic map of New York City by walking it, neighborhood-by-neighborhood, taking spontaneous portrait shots wherever he could. He has since photographed thousands of people in all five boroughs, and has written some of his subjects’ stories in what is his own photographic census of the city. Here are some of our favorites with Stanton’s explanations of the neighborhood in which he found himself that day:
"Oh, the Heights. Perhaps the most photographically rich neighborhood in Manhattan, not only because of its sweet hills, but because it’s the kind of place where everybody hangs out on the street."
“Hell’s kitchen is a rapidly changing neighborhood. It used to be a poor neighborhood full of immigrants – West Side Story was supposedly set there.”
"SoHo is arguably the trendiest neighborhood in the world. It’s the place to go if you want to feel like your clothes suck. The street vendors sell fine art. The women are beautiful, expensively clothed, and walk with their chins in the air."
"People always seem to be in a hurry in the Financial District, so I always try to emphasize that ‘this will only take a second.’ There are tall buildings, dark shadows, and narrow streets. There are men and women, wearing suits, walking fast, drinking coffee, and talking on phones. If you want a break, you can sit by the waterfront, watch the helicopters flying into the city, and marvel at the different types of lives being lived in this city."