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Monday, December 04, 2006

Huddled Masses

These may be huddled masses, but I'm not sure they're yearning to be free. Certainly not free of shopping on 5th Ave. I usually avoid such environments, but I thought capturing the hordes of holiday shoppers would depict the ultimate in cliched New York City crowds. Fifth Avenue is NYC's most upscale shopping district and one of the world's premier shopping streets, with many retailing icons (see yesterday's posting). This photo was taken on the steps of St. Patrick's cathedral at 50th Street looking south along 5th Avenue. It is now so crowded during holiday season, that police barricades have been put up for several blocks to provide additional walking space in the street itself. If you come to this area, I suggest you embrace and surrender to the experience - fighting the crowds is a no-win proposition and certainly will not lead to enjoyment of the holiday season and its festive spirit ...

11 comments:

lynn said...

Love the way you have captured so many heads, each going about their business and with their own story.

Lisi said...

This is really something...agree with Lynn, the composition makes the crowds more impressive

Anonymous said...

Wow. I've never seen so many people on the streets of NYC!

Brian said...

Lynn, Lisi, Susan;
Thanks.
It was as packed as it looks. Even walking in the streets was rough.
Brian

ruth said...

I'm surprised any of them are smiling! I guess they have surrendered.

Kate said...

Good capture, but I think I'll pass and not participate. Would be too claustrophobic for me!

jing said...

this is what i like.
:))
crowded people is everywhere in Shanghai.
i really like to see those heads...

jing

Anonymous said...

Good grief! I know exactly where you're standing - I HATE crowds like tgis. I lose my equanimity VERY fast!!!

Chris & Deb said...

and judging by the expression on some of those faces, the "embrace and surrender" concept is indeed best.
What a great photo-thanks!

michael said...

excellent-something about crowds and you bothered to get it

Me and my puppies said...

Brian ~ I have the exact photo taken in 2007. I even think the same people are in it!