"New York City demands engagement with strangers. The sidewalks and subways are so crowded that we have no choice but to overhear private conversations and see faces at distances normally reserved for intimates. We are often close enough to see the crow's feet taking hold on a young face, smell the kimchi wafting from the paper bag, spot the flask in the back pocket. We are privy to strangers' ambitions, fears, and preoccupations in an almost unnatural way."
Ariel Sabar, Heart of the City: Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York