Method to the madness

Crazy from the outside, ordered on the inside.

New York only appears chaotic.

But within the frenzy is a viable system of cosmos. There's a hidden system at play, no different than how the brain works.

Like neurons, taxi cabs and hedge fund managers are all trying to out-compete each other in a race to hegemony. Lose the competition, and the ecosystem collapses.

There's always a method to the madness, an indescribable Jazz-like rhythm. It only appears invisible.

The beautiful struggle makes it work.

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‘Human beings can aquire a certain solitude, even in the middle of New York City’

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Every thing in the world, every event, is like a dewdrop on a multidimentional spider's web, and every dewdrop contains the reflection of all the other dewdrops. But you see, the hermit finds this out through his solitide, and so also human beings can aquire a certain solitude, even in the middle of New York City. It's rather easier, as a matter of fact, to find solitude in New York City than it is in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A trip through New York City, 1911

In 1911, Swedish film company Svenska Biografteatern recorded its trip to New York.

Fortunately, the footage survived and most recently was speed-corrected and reproduced with added street sounds of car horns, horses, and police whistles to give us a sense of the environment back then.

Some observations:

  • Notice all the people wearing hats
  • The streets look a bit empty compared to today's zoo
  • Cable powered trolleys
  • The kids go nuts when the camera is on them. Nothing's changed!

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New York: Where dreams are made up

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There's the dream. And then there's the reality.

The dream is that you can survive the concrete jungles of New York. The reality is that you're another part of the rat pack, rushing from Brooklyn and New Jersey to midtown.

The rat race never ends.

Even those who start as far away as New Haven begin a jam into different species. Everyone is a stranger.

The quiet car contains opposites. It goads the loudest minds.

Stepping off into Grand Central Terminal is the great equalizer. You have no choice but to join the frenzy.

Strolling faster than anyone else, you'd think you're getting ahead. But only for a spare moment. Someone else has clipped your wings.  Who do you think you are, anyway?

Spare some change, sink at the moment. Time alludes you. The day is one big drop, a flash drive of memories.

Into the City and back out again, only to do it all over tomorrow.


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Banksy returns to New York

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Banksy is back in New York, the first time since his month-long residency back in 2013.

The iconic street artist kicked off his visit with a mural dedicated to the imprisonment of Turkish artist and journalist Zehra Dogan, who's watercolor painting protests the continued destruction of Kurdish territory by the Turkish military.

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The black hash marks represent each of the days since Dogan has been in jail. Turkish authorities incarcerated her last March.

“I really feel for her. I’ve painted things much more worthy of a custodial sentence,” Banksy told the New York Times.

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Fresh off The Walled Off Hotel project in Bethlehem where he also teamed up with producer Danny Boyl to put together a film called ‘The Alternativity’, it appears that Banksy is making the Big Apple his canvass again.

“New York calls to graffiti writers like a dirty old lighthouse. We all want to prove ourselves here. I chose it for the high foot traffic and the amount of hiding places. Maybe I should be somewhere more relevant, like Beijing or Moscow, but the pizza isn’t as good.” 

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Be sure to follow Banksy to keep up with the rat race in New York.

Mural images via the Houston Bowery Wall


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