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Views from New York City Apartments

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When I lived in New York City, my apartment was a tiny studio walk-up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. I had two windows; one from my living area that looked directly into a brick wall, and one from my kitchen that looked into a courtyard… a concrete courtyard. The views didn’t exactly make for prime real estate, but I loved how they felt so New York to me.

In “The City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York,” Artist Matteo Pericoli illustrates drawings based on descriptions from well-known New Yorkers of what they see from their windows. I thought it was such a fascinating glimpse into life in the city. Here are a few examples…

views from nyc apartments 1“I think of my view as pretty typical for a New Yorker. We look out our windows at other windows. That, in a way, mirrors our lives here — we are constantly looking at each other, millions of us, on the streets and elsewhere.” – Musician and artist David Byrne

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“Out our window the view toward Washington Square is the entire history of mid-20th-century pop culture.” – Chef Mario Batali

views from nyc apartments 4“Here is what I see from my apartment window: the apartments across the street that, with alarming regularity, empty and then refill with new people who change clothes, watch television and have sex in a variety of ways.” – Choreographer Mark Morris

views from nyc apartments 2“It’s one of New York’s most beautiful buildings, but it looks better at night … like a woman.” – Dancer, choreographer and actor Mikhail Baryshnikov

You may view more illustrations here.

P.S. The view from my NYC apartment, saying goodbye, and my fave NYC blog.

{Photo via The Bottom of the Ironing Basket}

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