Walking Down Broadway

Glasses Update: When I brought back my new progressives to have them adjusted, I also brought along a music score to illustrate the problem, and an old pair of frames in case I decided to go with old-fashioned bifocals. The result?

$235 for new glasses with progressive frames.
$80 to have FT-35 lenses put in my old frames.
$?? when I decide to replace the progressive lenses with regular distance lenses.
$315 +

Bottom line: I could have spent only $80. But I love the new frames, and I absolutely adore the people who work at Optical 88, 116 Mott Street. They didn’t try to talk me into anything, by the way. I wanted those new frames, and it was all my friends told me to try the progressives. This place was a steal, and the people were wonderful.

This is walking down Broadway, always a mixed-bag for me. I love how over the top it is and I enjoy looking around, but I’m a terror on the sidewalk.

People simply will not progress down the sidewalk the way I would like to them to.


A line. I just remembered I wanted to a series of photographs of people on lines. This was a really incredible one. Long and un-moving.


Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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2 thoughts on “Walking Down Broadway

  1. That’s great about the glasses.

    When I first started looking at your site, I sort of wondered how people in New York dressed, like more formally.

    Because you post all of these interesting street scenes, what I realize is that basically New Yorkers dress exactly the way we do in cities in Texas. (Of course when you get outside of cities, you naturally start seeing more boots and western shirts.)

  2. That’s probably mostly true. (Except I think in this shot for instance, you’re seeing a lot of tourists.) But in certain parts of town people do dress up more, and those are not places I’m in a lot.

    And at night people dress to the nines. If I shot at night you’d be seeing lots of different pictures. But that’s when I’m on the couch watching tv.

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