One of my favorite childhood toys was the homemade periscope. With this, one could spy, i.e. see other people secretly in a candid state. Media often tries to provide a periscopic look at the world with the investigative report, the behind the scenes inside look and with programs like 20/20 or 60 Minutes.
We want to see people, places and things in their natural setting. We want it all and we want it unadulterated, unexpurgated, uncensored, uncut. We want to see what's behind the curtain or that closed door.
There is a New York City guidebook called Not For Tourists Guide to New York City and a little tome I really enjoy from 2002: City Secrets - New York City. There are numerous websites promising to show you the hidden side of New York City: forgotten-ny, vanishing new york, Lost City, Ephemeral New York, Undercity and Overheard in New York.
In this website, I have endeavored to show you New York City in as real a light as possible,
I am not a particularly private person and have revealed to you many aspects of my personal life, work, family, background and interactions with others as well as my personal perspectives and experiences in the city.
Whether visitor or native, we grasp at all the things promising to show us the secrets because we want to see the Real New York - unvarnished, unsanitized and uncolored by the Curse of Trade. The city we have read about, heard about, dreamed about and portrayed in film. We want to see what lurks behind the shadows and fog and experience The Real New York ...
Photo Note: this is a view looking south along East Broadway from the Manhattan Bridge. The two illuminated towers in the rear center are the Woolworth and Municipal Buildings. The photo effect was achieved using a Photoshop filter to remove the shadows and reveal all.