I'm a New Yorker born & bred, but I don't think I'm a typical New Yorker. The term New Yorker itself carries a stereotypical connotation because almost everyone all over the world seems to think they know and understand what people from New York look and sound like but having lived here my entire life I can tell them that they are most likely wrong. The reason I feel that way is because New York's population is made up of so many people with so many different ethnic and economic backgrounds it defies stereotype. Most big cities have their ethnic neighborhoods, like Chinatown or Little Italy for example. New York is no different in that sense but what sets New York apart from the other large cities I've visited is the borough of Manhattan. Where people that come from all over the world to work, vacation and live, intermingle with native New Yorkers to create one of the most diverse and interesting populations you will see anywhere in the world.
This gallery is dedicated to that diversity.
Because of the diverse cultural make up of New York City, communication here takes many forms but no matter where you come from in the world or what language you happen to speak the one form of communication that almost all people have in common is the facial expression. The expression on our faces sometimes reflects our state of mind or conveys our innermost feelings to others often times before we even have time to realize it or control it. Some faces may be more expressive than others but just like the way we choose to clothe and groom ourselves, our faces represent us in one way or another and they all say something about us to other people.
Nothing makes a smile come to your face faster than witnessing the the imagination of a child come to life. The combination of innocence, unbridled joy, creativity, laughter and potential that fills the air is like a time machine that transports us all back to a time in our lives when we didn't have a care in the world. A much simpler time when we could find amusement in some of the little things we ignore as adults. Back to a time when there was a lesson to be learned in every conversation. And most importantly back to a time when Ice cream, candy and cake were the 3 basic food groups and as long as we had our imagination we never had to play alone.