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NYC Grid is a photo blog dedicated to exploring New York block-by-block and corner-by-corner. Each post covers a new street or feature with a focus on the mundane and ephemeral.


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260 Blocks Later...

A little over a year ago I found myself shocked at just how little I knew about my neighborhood. It wasn't uncommon to find myself on a street not far from my apartment that I had never walked down. I started to realize I had this frustration everywhere I went in the city. Now, New York City is arguably one of the densest urban spaces in the world – by practically every measure. But, the idea that I could be missing out on some amazing feature that sits just a few blocks away became really irritating. Sure, I could pick up a tourist guide (or even a Not For Tourists guide as the case may be), but cherry-picking streets, neighborhoods and locations is just not the way I want to experience New York. Luckily the cause of this density (and obscurity), the grid plan, also makes it incredibly easy to systematically browse the city street by street. The last thing I wanted would be to move away from New York at some point in the future and regret not seeing something or visiting somewhere. So my goal became pretty clear- start walking around! I grabbed my camera and off I went. Thus the idea for this site was born.

Now, while it may seem like the intended goal of NYC Grid is to walk every street block-by-block, it isn't. There are plenty of people who have done that (though, not necessarily under the premise of documentation...unless you count Google Street View)...but I don't think I have that in me. Especially since the scope of my project goes beyond the bounds of Manhattan – though it hasn't really gotten there yet. No, the goal here is discovery – to find something special (or not) about each street I visit...indeed, a block-by-block review of the city.

As of late what's begun to excite me more is the thought of how this archive of photos will age over time. Have you ever visited your childhood home, only to notice all the minor changes? It's like entering some strange dream. New York is like that, only on a massive scale and a smaller timeline. I'm very eager to see what it's like to revisit these photographs in 10 or 20 years.

So here I am, exactly 1 year260 blocks and 14,815 photos later- with hardly a dent made in the city, and no end in sight. I'm excited to see what I find next, and I hope you get a kick out of exploring the city along with me. 

I took a few minutes to collect what I think are some of the most notable posts of the first year of NYC Grid...So here it is, the best New York has to offer (*that I've seen firsthand) enjoy:


So there you have it- the best I was able to find in one solid year of walking around New York. If there's anything you'd like to recommend, please let me know!

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Reader Comments (1)

Congratulations on your 1 year mark, Paul. I am touched that you put your grandfather's 1961 photos at the top of your favorites. He would have loved that!

November 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarolyn

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