Above Chinatown looking out over East Broadway and the New York City skyline. Chinatown, New York City.
I have been going through some of my older photos and posting them to Google Plus. I am finding that it is one of the most supportive communities for artists of all kinds compared to almost every other site I have my work displayed on currently. I am hoping it stays that way!
The level of interaction and engagement over at Google Plus is pretty intense. Interaction is something I have been quietly dis-satisfied with in regards to Tumblr. While you can add a comments section here and receive messages, the culture here at Tumblr isn’t necessarily disposed to interaction. The UI design encourages quick actions like the click of the heart button on a post or a fast re-blog (which also tends to strip out much of the content in a post but that’s a topic for another post really). These aren’t necessarily bad things. Tumblr is filling a niche, for sure. But it’s good to have another place where there is an open and interactive environment.
The last time I posted this particular photo someone asked me on my Facebook page if this was Canal Street. It’s actually East Broadway, another main street in Chinatown that extends into the Lower East Side:
"In the beginning, East Broadway was home to the large Jewish community on the Lower East Side and then later on Puerto Ricans began to settle onto this street. During the 1960s, an influx of Hong Kong immigrants were arriving over along with Taiwanese immigrants as well into Manhattan’s Chinatown and then the Cantonese people and businesses also began to settle onto this street as Manhattan’s Chinatown was expanding into other parts of the Lower East Side and Manhattan’s Chinatown Chinese population was very vastly Cantonese dominated at the time. During the time period, Manhattan’s Chinatown was being referred as a growing Little Hong Kong. Vietnamese people also began to settle on this street as well. During this time, East Broadway has not evolved into a Little Fuzhou enclave, however small numbers of them have existed around the area of Division Street and East Broadway as early as the 70s and early 80s, including the Fujianese gang named the Fuk Ching." Source
View this photo larger and on black on my Google Plus page
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