Ed Yourdon explores the comings and goings of Verdi Square in the heart of New York City.


New York City’s Verdi Square, located Broadway & West 72nd Street, right across the street from the 72nd street IRC train
,has a complicated history.

As one of the city’s oldest parks, Verdi Square attracted many musiciansEnrico Caruso, Lauritz Melchior, Igor Stravinsky – until in the 1960s the square became a drug-infested neighborhood filled with crime.

Today, Verdi Square is entirely redecorated and landscaped, making it one of the most high-class areas of New York City to live in. It’s also the perfect location to capture snapshots of everyday, regular people as they go about their day.

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1. "If this is not a real owl, then what the heck is it doing up here in this tree?"

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2.How many cell phones can you count in this image?

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3. A paradise for pigeons.

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5. Oh, my. Oh, my. Is that what they're doing on Broadway these days?

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6. Bicycle nomad, meet mismatched-shoe lady.

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7.So is this guy happy to be having this conversation or not?

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8.Who needs boring socks?

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9. Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane!

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10. Who are all these guys?

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11. Spring in Verdi Square.

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12. And I love you, too...

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13.Meditation in the sun.

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14. Hit by a taxi, this man tells his story using handwritten signs. Another sign says he was hit by an 18-wheeler and and became paralyzed due to brain damage. Which do you believe?