I know Humans of New York has been around for a long time now, but even years after its creation, it honestly never fails to inspire me. Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind this now famous blog, is a master at capturing people’s emotions with just an image and a few words.

It’s easy to be cynical in this city, and far too often, we let people fade into the background, or worse, see them only as a source of frustration. (This, for example, comes to mind.) But Stanton’s photos show us that everyone has a story.

By getting people to open up about their fears, insecurities, hopes and memories, he reminds us that despite our differences and eccentricities, we all share the human spirit.

He’s photographed people in locations all over the world (his Iran photos are so touching), but the  subjects who give the blog its name are so quintessentially New York, with their bold personalities and sometimes grumpy demeanor. Looking at the photos  always reminds me why I love this city!

Most importantly, it reminds me to stay curious about people and to look first for the positive in everyone I meet.

With that said, here are a few of my favorite Humans of New York photos:

Humans of New York underwear man photo

“I’m wearing really plain looking underwear.” View Post

Is it the end of the week already? I guess you know you’re in the “real world” when instead of thanking God it’s Friday, you’re wondering where the time went and how long you can push back weekend festivities in order to wrap up work projects. Or maybe that’s just work-life imbalance.

Anyway, I couldn’t let the weekend arrive without writing about “the event of a thread,” an art installation/performance piece/(insert word I’m not cultured enough to know) that ends this Sunday, January 6. Housed at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC, amid enviable Upper East Side apartments and blocks away from the ever-amazing Central Park, Anne Hamilton’s exhibit is a welcome distraction from life that brings you back to childhood at once.  View Post