Humans of New York Stories

Humans of New York Stories

Humans of New York Stories

Humans of New York Stories

If you follow Humans of New York and love the concept as much as  I do, you have to get the new book. Humans of New York: Stories is the culmination of five years on innovative storytelling on the streets of New York and this time Brandon Stanton go deeper, exhibiting the intimate storytelling that the blog has become famous for today.

Some background.
In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project -to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York. His audience steadily grew from a few hundred followers to, at present count, over fifteen million.

In 2013, his book Humans of New York, based on that blog, was published and immediately catapulted to the top of the NY Times Bestseller List where it has appeared for over forty-five weeks. Now, Brandon is back with the Humans of New York book that his loyal followers have been waiting for: Humans of New York: Stories.

Ever since Brandon began interviewing people on the streets of New York, the dialogue he’s had with them has increasingly become as in-depth, intriguing and moving as the photos themselves. Humans of New York: Stories presents a whole new group of people in stunning photographs, with a rich design and, most importantly, longer stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor.

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En annan del av New York

En Annan del av New York

Den här boken kommer du bara att älska! En 200 sidor tjock fotobok i coffetable-stil med bilder från underbara West Village, New Yorks mysigaste område.

West Village är en pittoresk och vacker stadsdel med låga hus, praktfulla fasader, majestätiska trappor och färgglada portar. Dessutom pryds många av gatorna av grönskande träd längs med sidorna vilket ger dem en otroligt charmig inramning. Samtliga bilder i boken är tagna med en mobiltelefon.

Boken är en perfekt gå-bort-present till någon som redan varit i New York eller som är på väg dit. ”En annan del av New York” är helt enkelt en bok långt från skyskrapor, Times Square, Frihetsgudinnan och Empire State Building. Och det finns inte en enda gul taxibil på bild i boken.

Boken innehåller även några kortare intervjuer, en karta, lite kul historia om olika gator, berättelser om intressanta byggnader såsom Manhattans smalaste hus, huset som stått tomt i över 20 år samt ett av områdets vackraste hus med svenska rötter… Och självklart en hel del tips på saker att se, göra och äta.

Anders Öhrmans bilder kommer att inspirera dig och väcka din nyfikenhet att besöka en plats på Manhattan som är långt från myllret, trängseln och tutande taxibilar.

Välkommen till stadsdelen West Village – En annan del av New York.

Köp En Annan del av New York från Bokus – 185 kr

En Annan del av New York

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A New Yorker

Agaton Ström

Agaton Ström

What do you work with?
I work as a photographer or photojournalist to be specific. I work for a number of newspapers, magazines and commercial clients.

Why did you move to New York?
I moved here for the adventure and the challenge. I used to live on the West Coast and I think that as a European I missed the feeling of living in an urban city. Rubbing elbows with people, riding subways and walking. I love walking.

What does New York mean to you?
I think it means freedom. The anonymity of a big city allows you to be whomever and whatever you want. You also have the freedom to change and try different things, constantly reinvent yourself.

Mention 3 of your favourite places in New York?
It changes with the season and my moods 🙂 I love going to places that I rarely visit on a daily basis. The Bronx has some stunning architecture and vibrant immigrant communities with amazing food. The Rockaways in Queens in the summer is pretty great. And then of course there is Manhattan.
The whole island! I once walked the length of Manhattan following Broadway. It’s a short walk of about 14 miles but the stuff that you see and the neighborhoods you pass through offers an amazing variety.

What do you love to do in New York in your free time? 
I try to take advantage of the offerings. The museums, art galleries but now that we have a little baby I find myself at the playground pointing at squirrels on weekends.

Mention something weird that you’ve experienced in New York
Yea, I don’t know if I want to mention those experiences here. And if I did, you wouldn’t believe me 🙂

What do you like best about New York?
The diversity and the acceptance. I guess in short, I love the people here. The writer Pete Hamill wrote in an essay that the old analogy as New York as a ”melting pot” is not really accurate.
It implies a hodgepodge of leftovers used to make a savory dish and that is not what New York is. Mr. Hamill describes New Yorkers as an alloy. Different materials coming together to create something that is stronger than each individual part. I think it’s a beautiful analogy and I like to see myself

What is your best tip for someone dreaming about moving to New York?
Just do it! Try it out for a few months and see if you like it. I think it helps to have somewhat clear goals and aspirations. Come here with an idea of what you want to do but also be prepared to change and see new opportunities.

Describe New York with 3 words
Diverse. Tolerant. Loud.

Website: www.agatonphoto.com

Agaton Ström

Ingrid Rudefors

A New Yorker

Ingrid Rudefors

Ingrid Rudefors

What do you work with?
For the last eight years I have worked as film commissioner of Stockholm, going back and forth between Stockholm and New York. But as of this winter I live permanently in New York (again) – working on my second novel.
My first novel Meanwhile On A Roof In Chinatown was published in Swedish in 2011 (Samtidigt På Ett Tak I Chinatown) and is now available at Amazon.com in English

Why did you move to New York?
I first moved here in 1977 as a 19 year old. I spent my first ten years here being very involved in the vibrant club-scene. New York then was very different from now; gritty, dangerous and very exiting. In 1988 I fell into the film-industry and worked on 15 feature films here until I moved back to Stockholm in 1993 with my one year old daughter. But I was always “home-sick” for New York City, so now I am back.

What does New York mean to you?
It is the only place on earth where I feel like I fit in. At any age. You are allowed to be whoever you like to be in this city. You get friends from all over and you end up at dinners and events where people are of all ages: 19 – 75, who cares. You don’t think of age or skincolor when you talk to someone. You just think they are interesting (they must be) – having chosen to live in this city.

Mention 3 of your favourite places in New York?
My roof, or any roof, with a view of the city. I will never get tired of looking out over the rooftops of East Village and see the Chrystler building and the midtown skyline at the horizon.

Union Square Farmers Market. Go early on a Saturday and you will see some of New York’s most celebrated chefs there buying fresh vegetables, meat, fish, cheese and flowers for their restaurants.

Long Island’s sandy beaches and beautiful Wineries. Just a short train or bus-ride away.

What do you love to do in New York in your free time?
My husband is a photographer specializing in the music scene so we go to see bands a lot at Bowery Electric and Sidewalk Café and other places.
And we eat out a lot. I love the restaurants in New York and especially in our neighborhood. Bar Primi next door to The Bowery Electric is a favorite and Takahashi on Avenue A has fantastic sushi and a very friendly cool chef.

Mention something weird that you’ve experienced in New York
It is actually in my novel – not exactly as it happened – but this is what really happened: Once when we couldn’t get a taxi between clubs in the 1980s we hitchhiked with a Chinese fish-truck. We sat in the back gliding around on spill from the fish.
there are so many weird stories…… here’s another one – I once walked in to my building in the East Village and had to climb over two guys who were examining a gun, smilingly telling me to just step over them and not to worry. (Also in the 1980s)
And I have been in line for the bathroom at the VIP room at the Ritz with Mick Jagger…… and he got angry that we wouldn’t let him pass the line so he pretended to pee in a corner.
I could go on and on telling you weird true tales from my New York life.

What do you love most about about New York?
The people – everyone always remembering to say “excuse me” if they bumb into you and hello when they walk into an elevator.
I love how everything feels possible – and of course I love all the excellent food.
And I love that all the door-men in my building are buddists from Nepal and that they sit and chant sometimes when you pass the front desk.

What is your best tip for someone dreaming about moving to New York?
Buy a cheap ticket and go tomorrow. Don’t wait for next year. Then when you are here talk to people in bars, parks everywhere. Let everyone know you are looking for work, because that really weird lady with the dog might be knowing somebody who knows somebody who knows somebody. New Yorkers love to help others out. New Yorkers love to be connectors.
Then be prepared to work really hard, and be nice and do not forget to say “Excuse me” when you bump into someone…

Describe New York with 3 words
Exhilarating, inclusive, inspiring

www.ingridrudefors.com

View from Ingrids apartment

View from Ingrids apartment in Lower East Side

A New Yorker

Martin Adolfsson

Martin Adolfsson

What do you work with?
I’m an artist and photographer shooting portrait, travel and architectural work as well as working on several personal projects related to social behaviors. 

Why did you move to New York?
I moved because I always wanted to live in New York, and I stayed because I like how the city challenges and provokes you; in the long run the city helps you create interesting work.

Mention 3 of your favorite places in New York
Red Hook – The neighborhood is not served by any subway line which gives it a village-like atmosphere. It also has some of the best views of the harbor and Manhattan. 

Rockaways – My absolute favorite destination from May to September. Someone called it ”a Williamsburg by the ocean” and I think that sums it up pretty well.

The walk from LES to Carroll Gardens, I share an office on Bowery and I try to walk home at least twice a week. It takes me about an hour and offers spectacular views of the city… this walk is usually when new projects come to mind.

What do you do love to do in New York in your free time
I really enjoy weekend mornings when my wife and I have the luxury of a long breakfast at home with tons of coffee while debating a range of the mornings newspapers headlines.

Mention something weird that you have experienced in New York
Too many things to list but a favorite moment was when an entire restaurant seemingly impromptu began sining Bohemian Rhapsody together.

What do like most about New York?
The walkability, because of it’s high population density, moving around by foot is fairly quick and easy, at least compared to other cities of similar size. 

What is your best tip for someone dreaming about moving to New York?
Have patience, plenty of it. 

Describe New York with 3 words
Not. For. Everyone.

Martins website: www.martinadolfsson.com

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nycColleen Flanigan is a socio-ecological artist living in New York City

A New Yorker

Veronica Ballart Lilja

Veronica Ballart Lilja

What do you work with?
I’m an illustrator

Why did you move to New York?
I was living in Barcelona since 2000 and needed a city with more movement. And I have since years ago wanted live in NY.

Mention 3 of your favourite places in New York?
The Pier in Williamsburg, Tompkins Square Park,  Red Rooster in Harlem.

What do you love to do in New York in your free time?
See my friends. Explore the city. I’m still new.

Mention something weird that you’ve experienced in New York
Chelsea hotel. Its authentic.

What do you like best about New York?
It’s so diverse and you have so many things to do all the time-
Also the summer is great.

What is your best tip for someone dreaming about moving to New York?
Do it. But have everything clear that you really wanna move to NY. It’s not an easy city always.

Describe New York with 3 words
Big, fun and surprising.

Websites:
www.formnation.se/creatives/veronica-ballart-lilja/
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Veronica Ballart LiljaOne of Veronicas illustrations.

Meanwhile on a Roof in Chinatown

Meanwhile on a Roof in Chinatown

Meanwhile on a Roof in Chinatown by Ingrid Rudefors

It’s the early 1990s. Alice, a middle-aged Swedish professor, stuffs her husband’s ties into the dishwasher and leaves their pleasant suburban villa outside of Stockholm, suitcase in hand, on a blind exodus towards a city she knows only from glossy travel brochures. This is how the story begins in Meanwhile on a Roof in Chinatown.

Meanwhile, her daughter Babylonia is perched on the roof of her shabby Chinatown apartment, agonizing over how how to break up with her depressive Hungarian boyfriend.

Alice does make it to Babylonia’s apartment, but gets locked out on the roof without keys or money. This begins a picaresque journey, where she descends into an alternative Manhattan of after-hours clubs, gangsters, booze and roulette. Throughout her 48-hour odyssey, she engages with a quirky assortment of strangers: the Dutch bartender Amanda, Mafia boss Sal, aging transvestites and Chinese men from southern Sweden… not to mention the mysterious Charles, who seems so comfortable and yet is connected to things that are distinctly uncomfortable.

And there is another key player here–1990s New York, before mobile phones and coffee shops spun their web around the world.

Buy Meanwhile on a Roof in Chinatown from Amazon

New York Video

New York Video

Mitt New York

Mitt New York by Mia Gahne

Mitt New York

Mia Gahne lives in New York and is the author of the excellent and inspiring guide book “Mitt New York”

Why did you move to New York?
Because I fell in love with the city first time I came here fifteen years ago, and kept coming back a couple of times a year. It became harder to leave every time I was visiting, almost like a physical pain. The thing I enjoyed the most was just doing normal everyday things, like going to the dry cleaner, riding the subway, have my scrambled eggs at the same place every morning where everyone knew my name. I decided that I really, really wanted to be able to do that ”for real”. Eventually I did, and it was one of the best decisions of my life.

Mention 3 of your favourite places in New York
Hudson River Park
– I live close to the river, and there are few things I enjoy more than a morning walk or run along the piers. So much to look at, so many people to watch and I’m still amazed that there are actual sailing boats in the middle of this gigantic city. I also quite like the New Jersey skyline and criss-crossing the commuters going to work from the river boats. At dinnertime I highly recommend the boat Grand Banks at Pier 25 for oysters, seafood and an amazing sunset.

Great Jones Café – My home away from home. I go here at least once a week to hang out, eat som really nice and affordable cajun food and listen to the music from the best jukebox in the Western hemisphere. Staff is super nice and the atmosphere is very relaxed and enjoyable.

Coney Island – I just think it’s a great place, especially a little bit off season when things are starting to cooling down. Fly a kite, watch people dancing on the boardwalk, feel the breeze from the ocean… I don’t actually do the amusement park stuff, I just like the vibe. And Paul’s Daughter has the best lobster roll in the city, as far as I’m concerned.

What are you most passionate about?
Food, food and food. A big part of my life is about food. I work as a food writer, food stylist and cookbook author and was born with a big appetite for trying new stuff and exploring the wonderful world of flavours. There is no better place for doing just that than New York City. You can make a culinary trip around the world in just a few subway stops. One of the advantages of living in New York is also to have a kitchen of my own to cook in. I Love going to my local Greenmarket and get fresh produce and make it come alive back in the apartment.

What is your advice to someone who wants to succeed in New York?
Dream big and make it work. Embrace people. It might sound as a cliché but anything is actually possible in this town. As long as you believe in yourself and are prepared to work hard, you can make it happen. But you also have to allow yourself to open up to strangers and remember to appreciate the people around you and help others out, then they will be there for you forever.

Mention something weird that you’ve experienced in New York
When waiting for someone in Midtown, I suddenly noticed a true Johnny Depp lookalike came up from the subway, all dressed up as his Pirates of the Carribean character. In the middle of the day, in the middle of the office workers’ lunchtime rush. Only in New York, kids. Only in New York.

What do you like best about New York?
People watching. It’s by far my most favourite thing to do around here. It doesn’t matter where you do it, you’re gonna see all kinds of characters, styles and faces. This truly is the melting pot of the world. I believe that that is one of the reasons so many different cultures like it here, everyone feel like they belong, no matter where they came from.

Describe New York with 3 words
A technicolor adventure.

Buy Mitt New York from Bokus 155 kr

Mia Gahne

Urban Walks

Urban Walks

Urban Walks

Urban Walks is a great app and it helps you explore many amazing landmarks and hidden gems in an easy and fun way.

Urban Walks wants to share their passion for this city of builders and impresarios, strivers and crooks, straphangers and chauffeured billionaires.

The creators of Urban Walks hope that their tours will help you see the Big Apple in a new light, learn a thing or two, and come to love the city as they do and I think you will.
The maps are beautifully illustrated and will guide you to a lot of interesting sights.

Download on the App store:
https://itunes.apple.com/app/urban-walks-walking-tours/id946387777

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