Contemplation #2

Broadway malls, Jun 2008 - 130

 

This was on the south side of 94th Street, taken from the east side of Broadway, heading north. This elderly woman was all dressed up, with a fancy set of pearls -- and sitting all alone, apparently just enjoying the afternoon sunshine. I may be completely wrong, but my guess is that she is a widow, and had been off at a church/synagogue service of some kind...

 

Note: this photograph was published as part of a Sep 6, 2008 article entitled "Why Men Die First." It was also published as part of a 2008 music video entitled "One World." More recently, it was published in an Oct 9, 2009 blog titled "Reverse Mortgages Threaten Seniors’ Wealth." A black-and-white version of the photo was published in a November 11, 2009 French blog titled "Quand le temps nous manque." It was also published in a Dec 9, 2009 blog titled "Clarks womens shoes Health Insurance Plans More Expensive Due To Osteoarthritis Posted By: Yamileth." Indeed, Yamileth got carried away and published the same photo in a separate Dec 9, 2009 blog titled Skinny jeans men "Health Insurance Plans More Expensive Due To Osteoarthritis Posted By: Yamileth Medina." And in a final burst of creative energy, Ms. Medina published the same photo in a Dec 9, 2009 blog titled "Car insurance overland park kansas Health Insurance Plans More Expensive Due To Osteoarthritis Post." Three cheers for Yamileh!

 

Moving into 2010, the photo was published in an Apr 6, 2010 Auto Central World blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. And it was published in an Apr 21, 2010 Health Insurance blog, with the same title as the caption that I used on this Flickr page. It was also published in a May 24, 2010 blog titled "87 Years Old and Homeless for the First Time." And it was published in a Jun 2, 2010 Technologeek blog, with the same title as the caption that I used for this Flickr page. It was also published in an undated (Jun 2010) blog titled The Importance of Looking Carefully, as well as a Jul 7, 2010 blog titled "The ‘Change of Life’ is More than Biology." And it was published in a Sep 19, 2010 blog titled "Reverse Mortgage for Senior a Must Read." It was also published in a Sep 30, 2010 blog titled "Reverse Mortgages New Nationwide Limit: 7,000," as well as an Oct 30, 2010 "Mortgage Trends Daily" blog titled "Reverse home mortgage age requirements!?" and an Oct 30, 2010 Women's Wrangler Jeans blog(!), with the same title and detailed notes as what I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in an Oct 15, 2010 blog titled "Women Health And Beauty Go Hand In Hand." And it was published in a Nov 6, 2010 Automate Wordpress blog, with the same title and detailed notes as what I had written here on this Flickr page. It was also published in an undated (late Nov 2010) blog titled "How Does a Reverse Mortgage Work?" And for reasons that I don't understand at all, it was published in a Dec 13, 2010 Bad Credit Savior blog titled "Nice Auto Mortgages photos." It was also published in an undated (mid-Dec 2010) blog titled "State Farm® Insures Engagement by Launching Ad Campaign Within Popular Facebook Game ‘Car Town’." And it was published in a Dec 21, 2010 "Mortgage Trends Daily" blog titled "Mom and dad bought a home back in 1980, her name not on the deed, how she add her name after 28 years?"

 

In 2011, the photo was first published in a Jan 2, 2011 blog titled "Mortgage Life Insurance Policies." It was also published in a Jan 7, 2011 blog titled "Get Addicted to Wrangler Ladies Boots." And it was published in a Jan 8, 2011 blog titled "what is the difference between tendinitis of the elbow or osteoarthritis of the elbow?" It was also published in an undated (late Mar 2011) blog titled "Differential Diagnosis." And it was published in an undated (late May 2011) blog titled "Latest seniors life insurance news." It was also published in a Jun 26, 2011 blog titled "Reverse mortgages and home insurance costs." And it was published in an undated (mid-Jul 2011) blog titled " Q&A: need new auto insurance policy; have history of non accidental damage to rental car." It was also published in a Dec 3, 2011 blog titled "Osteoarthritis — How is it Affecting the Aging US Population?"

 

Moving into 2012, the photo was published in a Jan 13, 2012 blog titled "Every! SIngle! Minute!" It was also published in a May 22, 2012 blog titled "Als euthanasie gewenst, maar verboten is," as well as a blog titled "Secure your overseas trip with a foreign travel insurance plan." It was also published in a Jul 15, 2012 blog titled "Purchasing A Home Can Be An Enormous Investment! Get Help Right Here!" And it was published in a Jul 26, 2012 blog titled "Newport Beach Harbor & Bayfront Real Estate and Homes For Sale." And it was published in a Sep 24, 2012 blog titled "Mission Viejo Short Sale Realtors & Agents," as well as an Oct 22, 2012 blog titled " Ocean Ranch Real Estate and Homes for Sale." And it was published in a Nov 24, 2012 blog titled "Homeless in Hawaii What is the Solution?," with the same caption and detailed notes that I had written on this Flickr page. It was also published in a Dec 11,2012 blog titled Homeless in "Homeless in Hawaii What is the Solution?"

 

Moving into 2013, the photo was published in a Jun 28, 2013 blog titled "Why Women Are More Likely to Retire Poor Than Men (And What They Can Do About It)." It was also published in a Nov 22, 2013 blog titled "How To Spend A Lump Sum From Your Retirement Plan."

 

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In late June, I spent three afternoons walking up and down Broadway, on Manhattan's Upper West Side, from 72nd Street to Columbia University at 115th Street. My objective was to photograph the variety of people sitting on park benches along what is formally known as the "Broadway malls" -- ie., benches located on the north side and south side of the median strip that separates the uptown side of Broadway from the downtown side.

 

Since my travels did encompass three separate days, I saw an even wider variety than I might have seen on a single afternoon; on the other hand, the pictures all reflect a single season. At Toni's suggestion, I'm going to make a similar photo-journal in the fall, winter, and spring -- to see if there are entirely different people, or whether it's basically the same people, but wearing different clothes...

 

In any case, on this occasion I saw young and old, black and white, men and women, rich and poor -- students, children, retired people, widows, widowers, homeless people, construction workers, babysitters, and tourists. As is common in today's society, a remarkable number of them were chatting on cellphones; but it was refreshing to see that many of them were chatting with each other. It was also a little sad to see several people sitting alone, with a wistful, melancholy look on their face.

 

Most of the park benches were occupied, though a few were empty. Most of the empty benches were fairly uninteresting, but a few looked sufficiently inviting that I felt they deserved a photo of their own.

 

For the most part, I ignored the photo opportunities that I saw on the sidewalk as I strolled along. But there were two major exceptions, as you'll see midway through this collection: a young man with a bubble-making gadget, blowing the largest soap-bubbles I have ever seen; and a chess game between two middle-aged men. I also photographed a few of the street signs along the way -- actually, I photographed *every* street sign, so that I could identify (and geotag) the location of all the other photographs.

 

I must have looked fairly serious as I went about my picture-taking activities, for three different people asked me if I was a photographer; and two different people asked me if I liked the Nikon D300 that I was using. As for the subjects of the pictures: most didn't even realize I was photographing them, for I took advantage of a long telephoto lens to shoot them from afar. But a few did notice, and I got a couple of smiles and scowls. If any of them do happen to stumble upon the Flickr site where these pictures will live, I hope they'll feel I've treated them kindly... I love them all ...

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  • Ed Yourdon 7y

    Six days after this photo was taken, I happened to be walking across 96th Street and Amsterdam avenue (i.e., two blocks north, and one block east of where this photo was taken) -- and saw the same woman again, walking past me on her way to the north side of Broadway, and then across to the east side of Amsterdam.

    Even more interesting: she was still wearing the same dress, appeared to be carrying the same bag ... and was wearing, I'm pretty sure, the same pearl necklace.
  • ArtistIvanChew 7y

    Hello again Ed, just a follow-up from my previous comment. This image was also used it in this music video:
    starfishstories.wordpress.com/2008/09/24/music-video-one-...
    Thanks for sharing this under the CC license.
  • Ed Yourdon 7y

    Thanks -- glad you found it useful.
  • diddy02 5y

    Very nice Lady.
  • EllenPearce 3y

    Hi there, would love to use this fantastic piece of work in a non-profit video to demonstrate our lifestyles in a video based on Alzheimer's.
    Please let me know how you would like me to attribute your work.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Ellen
  • Ed Yourdon 3y

    Ellen,

    Thanks for your note. I'd appreciate it if would just say something like, "Photo by Ed Yourdon"

    Interestingly, I happened to see this woman a couple years after I took this photo -- sitting on a different park bench a couple blocks away. I went up to her, introduced myself, told her I had taken her photograph, and was even able to show her the Flickr photo on my iPad. She was quite flustered and somewhat overwhelmed by the whole thing ...

    Ed
  • jasondquey 1y

    Hi Ed,

    Would I be able to use your photo? I plan on using it for an information page on Squidoo about Osteoarthritis. As mentioned, I plan on giving you attribution and a link.

    Thanks for your consideration!
  • Paul Broderick 2mo

    you have a great eye and following. nice body of work.
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