Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood
“All of us grow up in particular realities – a home, family, a clan, a small town, a neighborhood…” Chaim Potok
Did you grow up in the City or the Suburbs? Did your family choices impact your decision on where to live? I grew up on three continents and we covered the full spectrum of living locations; Urban, Suburban, and Countryside/Village. One thing I always looked for when I lived at home was nature; some form of green or even a garden made me smile. There is something about nature; trees, grass, flora and fauna, that prettifies a neighborhood.
When I got married and it came time to move, I knew I wanted more nature around me. We looked at small towns in the tri-state area, and settled on Westchester County. Westchester County borders The Bronx and is a fairly easy commute to the city. I can get in my car and be in the Bronx in 15 minutes, on the Upper Westside in 20 minutes, and midtown in 30. If I could choose another place(s) to live in the USA, where would I go? San Francisco, Seattle, Santa Fe, or Boston/Cambridge area. And you? My pictures above and below are of my neighborhood.
“I have an affection for a great city. I feel safe in the neighborhood of man, and enjoy the sweet security of the streets.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Beautiful neighborhoods have a special attraction that pull outsiders in and keep insiders happy and reluctant to leave. I love my neighborhood, and while it might not appeal to everyone, it has a certain charm that I enjoy; it’s quiet, small, unpretentious and conveniently located near bigger towns and cities. In summer time, flowers bloom everywhere, birds sing, and flora and fauna find their footing again. It doesn’t have any fast food joints, and the mom and pop shop owners are friendly and attentive.
If I want a Starbucks, MickieD’s, or Dunkin Donuts coffee, I could zip into the next village or town in under 5 minutes. Yes, everyone drives in the suburbs, but the best thing about my neighborhood is that the Croton Aqueduct runs through the middle of the village. We can take walks, runs or bicycle rides any time we want. The Hudson River and two Parks are at the bottom of Main Street; ditto the Metro North trains that get you into the City, via Grand Central Station, in 35-40 minutes. I like the city but I love coming home to my neighborhood. How about you?
“Depending upon how we’re brought up, we are either deeply aware of the particular reading of reality into which we are born, or we are peripherally aware of it.” Chaim Potok
When I moved from London to the US, I lived in Manhattan for a number of years before moving to Park Slope, Brooklyn. After I got married, we moved to the suburbs outside the city. It was a tough decision because Park Slope is so beautiful; it has the museum, subway, botanical gardens and grand army plaza within spitting distance. Plus, we lived near the park which gave us a place to walk, run, and relax. We wanted to stay, but Street parking was one of a handful of concerns we had; I could share some hysterically funny parking stories with you but, we’ll save them for another day.
I like visiting the city for all the excitement it brings into our lives but, I love the suburbs for the peace and quiet we enjoy, the access to nature, and the pretty easy parking. Have you ever gotten a parking ticket in Manhattan? I have. It’s a minimum of $65 and up. We don’t have such high fees in the suburbs. Yes, I know it has its limitations too… and I’ve shared them in other posts. But for today, I’d love to welcome you to my neighborhood. M I hope my pictures gave you glimpses of why I love where I am. What about you? Do you love where you live? If you could choose another place(s) to live, where would you go?
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Phoneography Challenge: My Neighborhood For this inaugural phoneography challenge, document where you live with just your phone. I’ll leave it to you to decide how best to capture it; you can post a shot like the one above, or get creative with angles. Maybe you want to get low, as suggested by our recent guest photographer Christopher Martin, as shown in this street shot in Oxford.
Positive Motivation Tip: Home is where the heart finds rest and comfort. It all begins in our neighborhood. Be a good neighbor and choose wisely.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.