Here is new york is an essay eb white yes of charlottes web fame wrote in 1948 for holiday a long since defunct travel magazine the essay reads as you would expect up until its last few pages. There are roughly three new yorks there is first the new york of the man or woman who was born there who takes the city for granted and accepts its size its turbulence as natural and inevitable second there is the new york of the commuter the city that is devoured by locusts each day and spat out each night. Here is new york is not a conventional gallery show it is something new a show tailored to the nature of the events of 9 11 and to the response it has elicited the exhibition is subtitled a democracy of photographs because anyone and everyone who has taken pictures relating to the tragedy is invited to bring or ftp their images to the . In a real sense the main theme of here is new york is the improbability and impossibility of new york by rights new york should have destroyed itself long ago from panic or fire or rioting or . Here is new york has been chosen by the new york times as one of the ten best books ever written about the city the new yorker calls it the wittiest essay and one of the most perceptive ever done on the city
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