new york at night.

Monday, August 6, 2012

new york at night

when the sun goes down in the city, apartments come to life.

the show is best viewed late at night while eating froyo on the roof and contemplating the meaning of life. once you've mastered the meaning of life, spy on the neighbors and count the water towers.

there is comfort in knowing everyone is doing the same routine. i know that our across the street neighbors go to sleep around 11pm and leave their tv on all night. i know that two apartments over lives a cat who watches the pigeons in the morning as i drink my coffee. one floor up from the cat is a young guy who types away at his computer until after midnight.

tomorrow we wake up and do it all over again. or maybe we should all get curtains.

ed and i are spending this week at the beach with family. as much as i wax poetic about nyc, it's more than necessary to peace out for a while. also, i hate the phrase wax poetic and swear to never use it again.

photo by vincent laforet (he's amazing.)

18 comments:

Victoria said...

This post reminds me of Rear Window! Glad you don't have a miss lonely heart or worse yet, a fighting couple where the husband comes in and out a lot late one night to write about.

I love how you get to know people's routine without being nosy. It always make me wonder what my neighbors what say to summarize my routine and who they perceive me to be.

Enjoy your week away. The beach is a great place to recharge!

Shoko said...

I love this. Also, that is one amazing photo.

rebecca... said...

,,,the beach is a perfect place to spy on others, everyone is an open book. enjoy the sand, sun and water!,,,

Lena at A Crimson Kiss said...

This photo is perfect, and the little glimpses of ordinary life are enchanting. Enjoy the beach, and the quiet!

Hannah said...

this makes me want to move to new york and be a part of it all. :)

The Bebebirds said...

What a great photo and blog entry. There really is a comfort in watching how normal and mundane everyone can be...reminds you that you're all running the race together. Unless of course something happens like in Rear Window...then you're screwed.

Brooke

in dreams said...

i'm a watcher, too...though i tend to just end up watching everyone, everywhere, whenever i zone out (which is creepy, i know!). i love the idea of 'knowing your neighbours'...even if it is just from afar.

have a great time at the beach! wish you could take me with you...

rebecca said...

victoria and bebebirds-
i gotta rent rear window.

Jessie Ammons said...

I love glancing in windows as I drive by houses at night, although somebody doing the same to me is weirdly one of my worst fears.

evie dear said...

ha! that's so funny, I would be doing the same!

Alison said...

I am always curious about my neighbors but I hope that they aren't as curious about me because I'm sure that I would come of strange. :)

Rebeka said...

I used to live in a high-rise building downtown Seattle and I called this "neighbor TV". I had a football player sized guy across the way who danced every night (ballet, hip hop, you name it), and an elderly lady who never wore clothes, etc. Very entertaining, and weirdly comforting. I'm glad I'm not alone in this neighbor-watching thing!

rebecca said...

rebeka-
that's quite the show!

Anonymous said...

lol :)

SreeBindu said...

beautiful :)
xo

Anonymous said...

Really, no one around you has blinds or curtains?? I live in a fairly new subdivision in the 'burbs with a similar fishbowl atmosphere, but I feel window coverings are a must after dark...

I'm Sydney. said...

Oh wow this was a great post! I'm such a people watcher, so I feel living in an apartment in New York would fuel my addiction a little too much. But isn't it crazy about how much you can know people you don't actually know?

Michael said...

love nyc but if you dont peace out for a while you will lose your soul

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