Service of the Beauty of Diversity in NYC

June 20th, 2024

Categories: Diversity, Farmers Market, Food, Food Trucks, Foreigners, New York City, Uncategorized

MetLife Building lobby last Saturday.

I never know what I’ll see from day to day when I venture out and about in New York City–which is thrilling. Here are some photos I took over a few days.

In addition to eavesdropping on conversations in countless languages all over the city there are innumerable fascinating sites and interactions that underscore the diversity and often the toughness of newcomer New Yorkers.

In the elevator this week I asked what language a young fellow tenant was speaking after she stopped chatting on her phone. When she confirmed my guess—Turkish–I remembered “allah is maladek,” a formal goodbye. I liked her smile [probably because of my accent]. She didn’t seem the slightest bit surprised.

What are some of your favorite scenes that celebrate the diversity of where you live?

African food on Second Avenue, a favorite haunt of bicycle delivery people.
Construction workers choose homemade lunch from a popup chef.
Work break at a construction site
Fruit and veggie vendors remind me of mail carriers as they are out selling their produce regardless of weather.

Riches from the Wednesday farmer’s market on east 47th Street

2 Responses to “Service of the Beauty of Diversity in NYC”

  1. Lucrezia Said:

    No such thing as street vendors around here. On the other hand, the population is diverse, and folks appear to be friendly and get along with one another. Here’s hoping it stays that way!

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Weather is not the friend of street vendors. I didn’t buy the fruit from a street cart for my contribution to a party I’m invited to because baked grapes, peaches, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries and cherries don’t taste great. I feel badly for them —standing in such heat for hours and loss of business—and for my wallet.

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