9 Great Sounds
|People, places, and things that are (or were) part of the city's soundscape.
The songbirds that are brought into the Hua Mei Bird Garden on the LES are as transporting as they are unexpected.
Nowhere in the world are people advised to watch their back as frequently, colorfully, sometimes impatiently, as they are in NY. It's a shibboleth that means, of course, move!, but watchyerback! manages to sound less like a command than a bit of benign urban wisdom.
Sounds of My City
Over 9 years in mid-century NYC, Tony Schwartz collected Sounds of My City: The Stories, Music and Sounds of the People of New York.
Morning, After A Snowstorm
If the city were a grand piano, this would be the only time the damper pedal is ever used.
A Broadway Audience, 7:55pm
An overture to the overture, the sound of happy anticipation and benefit of the doubt.
Riverside Church Carillon
The bells of New York.
Whispered sweet nothings never sound better than they do at the Whispering Gallery outside Grand Central's Oyster Bar.
The Roaring 1920s
An 'interactive exploration of the historic soundscape of New York City'.
Even though the beloved Mets announcer died in 2004, it's still impossible to hear the sound of that voice and not think of NY. Vice-versa, too.
BERGINO BASEBALL CLUBHOUSE
NEW DESTINY HOUSING
OLD NEW YORK