A Local Artist Captures the Life of the Streets

by - September 18, 2009 at 8:39 am -

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Julian Goldstein was raised on the Upper West Side by a hippie father and a disco-loving mother. That unique combination molded him into the artist he is today. Goldstein, who is in his mid-20’s and also runs a gift shop on West 77th Street, took most of the pictures above and below during a recent lunch break. He kindly agreed to let us publish them here. These and more shots can be found at his blog, I Shot NY.

His goal, he says, is to catch the images “that would normally go unseen.” Indeed, scrolling through his pictures feels like a process of rediscovering your own neighborhood — the strange sad facade of Pioneer supermarket on 74th Street and Columbus, a pair of feet sticking out the side of a van during a stolen midday nap.

“As rents raise and apartments come and go, I can’t imagine myself living in any other area as great as this,” the artist wrote in an email to us.

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