Views from the Burning Bridge

Views from the Burning Bridge

The big thing about any New York neighborhood is its relationship to the center. The city center in Manhattan, with its spectacular cluster of big buildings and bright lights, has a magical aura. It is the focal point of every New Yorker’s primal dream. This dream unfolds itself like a giant panorama. The picture’s foreground is the dreamer’s neighborhood. This is usually across the water (where four-fifths of the city’s population comes from), but it could just as well be on the Lower East Side or in Hell’s Kitchen or Little Italy or Chinatown or Harlem. In the dream, our eyes reach longingly over our tenement or brownstone or rowhouse roofs, and the smooth roofline (most New York neighborhoods have uniform roof-lines) looks like a road.

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