Here’s a hearty welcome to Dean Peterson, who has just recently moved to New York from Chicago. And yeah, he made a movie about it, too. I’m not sure what it is about this little video that makes everything look so orchestrated—maybe it’s the effect of the black and white, or maybe it’s the ballet-soundtrack music—but the people watching a cellist in Washington Square Park, that guy wandering through the Strand book store, those lovers nuzzling on a grassy knoll in Central Park: they all look like they were told “Stand here. Look this direction. Do this. Ignore the camera!” The effect is just short of cinema, really. I’m sure as Peterson spends more time in the city he’ll stop filming in the Met and Times Square, but I’m that much more excited for those. He’s even included one of my favorite quotes about this fair city of ours:
“The true New Yorker secretly believes that people living anywhere else have to be, in some sense, kidding.” — John Updike.