Grand St: Nowhere in Manhattan (Canal St to Ave of the Americas)

1 - Canal St Station

1 – Canal St Station

Emerging from the Canal St Subway Station, one is thrown into a liminal space, with skyscrapers, billboards and even a view onto the new World Trade Center One building.  This space is America itself; Manhattan itself.

But yet, it is also nowhere in Manhattan, featureless, without any distinguishing aspect aside from having a view unto elsewhere in Manhattan with stronger distinguishing features.  The tribe here is a non-tribe.  One sees people from everywhere and nowhere at once – tourists, residents, Europeans, Chinese, Africans – there is no one converging factor.

This is the threshold, off which we jump into the many tribal lands along Grand Street.

2 - A View towards WTC One

2 – A View towards WTC One

3 - Go Nowhere In Manhattan

3 – Go Nowhere In Manhattan

A - Nowhere in Manhattan

A – Nowhere in Manhattan



About Kennie Ting

I am a wandering cityophile and pattern-finder who is pathologically incapable of staying in one place for any long period of time. When I do, I see the place from different perspectives, obsessive-compulsively.
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