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of walking and photographing the streets of Manhattan have fostered
an intimacy with the flavor of different neighborhoods. Some
of these areas have defined the last century of immigrant life in
New York: the Lower East Side, once a haven for Eastern European
and Russian Jews, but now evolving into a pricey East Village; Little
Italy, which seems to shrink more each year but still has a distinct
presence; Chinatown, full of exotic foods and symbolic trinkets.
Vestiges of these times remain in spots like Yonah Shimmel’s
Other neighborhoods seem to have retained their associations.
Broadway shows, Times Square, and classical concert-life endures, and
the quick before-show bites grabbed at Katz’s or the Carnegie
Deli are still a part of the New York scene. Intellectual life
at major universities, especially in the neighborhoods surrounding
Columbia uptown and New York University in Washington Square, continues
as lively as ever.