CricketDiane Walkabout in New York City and the most amazing

December 20, 2010

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cricketdiane10 - NY Day 2-3 samsung 019_cr-1 - Salvadore Dali sculpture at Times Warner Center NYC - cricketdiane walkabout NYC 2010Salvadore Dali sculpture at Times Warner Center NYC – cricketdiane walkabout NYC 2010 

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cricketdiane10 - NY - Day 4 - casio 019_cr - UN Center sculpture - cricketdiane NYC walkabout 2010UN Center sculpture – cricketdiane NYC walkabout 2010 

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Grand Central Station Flag to America's Heroes of 9-11 Tribute - cricketdiane walkabout New York City 2010Grand Central Station Flag to America’s Heroes of 9-11 Tribute – cricketdiane walkabout New York City 2010 – (Flag of Heroes) 

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America - from New York City - display of flags from around the world and Statue of Liberty print "United We Stand" peter max - cricketdiane walkabout New York City 2010America – from New York City – display of flags from around the world and Statue of Liberty print “United We Stand” peter max – cricketdiane walkabout New York City 2010 

(from my cricketdiane blog – photos above taken by me in 2010 November New York City)

Walkabout New York City – Scenes of America

Dec. 20,2010

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Flags in New York City November 2010 Thanksgiving - cricketdiane NY photo 2010

Flags in New York City November 2010 Thanksgiving - cricketdiane NY photo 2010

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America's Flags in New York City Thanksgiving 2010 CricketDiane Walkabout in New York - cricketdiane NY photo 2010

America's Flags in New York City Thanksgiving 2010 CricketDiane Walkabout in New York - cricketdiane NY photo 2010

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My Note –

Everywhere – American flags and statements of honor for important things, important ideas about America and about peace in New York, sometimes in the most unexpected places. When I was there in November of last year, it was the first time I had seen New York in person and what surprised me most were the people of New York and the way they acted. I did not expect them to be kind, but they were. I did not expect them to take a moment to walk around my silliness taking a picture, but they did. I didn’t expect them to stop and give me directions with the patience of someone who genuinely cared, but they did. And, it wasn’t just a few people or a few times that it happened. And, I know they see (and put up with) millions of individual visitors every year.  It was amazing.

Maybe I noticed it more – as my friend said, but I don’t think that was it. I think that New York is genuinely changed from what it had been long ago and people are more aware of their immediate surroundings, they can afford to be kind because they’ve seen death so up close, so personal, so near and never far away. I think they know what it is like for it to matter so much in an instant – in any instant. And, it is remarkable who they are now. It is genuinely remarkable.

Everywhere there were flags. American flags swayed from building fronts, on tops of buildings, inside the Central Station’s grand corridors, even on the walls of restaurants in some little nook or cranny or on a shelf or above a counter. Sometimes it would be a personal little reminder set on a shelf near where everyone worked and passed while they were on their shift. Sometimes it would be that I would come around a corner to be met by American flags floating in the breeze proudly set into the brackets on a building above an entrance. And, some flags were simply reaching up to the sky above all the buildings displayed for all the world to see. I was truly amazed by it. And, I was most amazed because they were not a show to show something, nor to prove something and didn’t even seem to be there as a point to be made. There was a genuineness about it and a caring honestly portrayed. When I stopped to take photographs of the flags, people stopped and looked at them and nodded like they just knew why it was important and why it is important even now. It just is.

– cricketdiane

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America's Flags Fly Proudly In New York City - CricketDiane NY photo 2010

America's Flags Fly Proudly In New York City - CricketDiane NY photo 2010

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