Discovered during my usual moseying around Washington Square Park, the Strangers Project endeavors to collect stories from any passerby. While it shares a similar nature to PostSecret, participants can write about anything that crosses their mind, “as long as it’s true” according to the man who started it all.
If you’re in NYC right now, then be on the watch for this humble sign. The Strangers Project will be in Washington Square Park among other locations for the next few weeks.
And as for me, how could I pass up an opportunity to write a few words?
So for my internship this summer, I will be writing 2 articles per week for Untapped Cities. So far I have written about:
And here’s a delicious photo from the third article:
As the originating blog says, “There is genius and then there is GENIUS.” I couldn’t agree more.
On an afternoon’s stroll through Spanish Harlem, the folks behind the New York Shitty blog came across two guys making good use of a spare police barrier. The genius truly comes through from the side angle:
As the blog reports:
The elegance of this arrangement is truly stunning: cantilevered seating courtesy of NYPD barricades. Initially these chaps couldn’t understand why I, some dotty 30-something Greenpointer, was so fascinated by their creation. Once I explained respectfully (and made it clear they would not be in the New York Daily News) they had plenty to say.
The gent on the right claimed credit for this creation— and stated that the NYPD gives him plenty of guff about it. He told yours truly they come by regularly and roust him from his “bench”. Because it is their property. He then pointed to a NYPD squad car across the street and exclaimed: There they are. Can’t you see them hating me?!?
If the Urban Guide for Alternate Use ran a top ten list, you’re looking at one of the top three entries right here.