What transpires in a year in New York City? Too much to mention in this blog post.
I can’t tell you how many times someone has said to me, “I could never live in New York.” My answer to that statement is, “How do you know? It’s not at all what you think it is.” Outsiders often label this city based on what they’ve heard in the news, read in a book, or seen on a television show. Crowds. Trash. Intensity. Crime. Danger. Rich and famous. High prices. Rude people. They don’t see the city for what it truly is, the reasons why many of us continue to live here and why many move to NYC every single day.
In the video below, Irish videographer Andrew Clancy shares highlights from a year in New York.
When asked the question,”What surprised you the most about living in New York?” He says, “What surprised me most was how hard New York is. It’s a grind. But the other surprise was how friendly people are, the comradeship between New Yorkers. The latter helps me deal with the former.”
Some of you New York-philes may have seen this tribute to NYC before, this video was released in 2011 and went viral on YouTube. But it’s one that I could watch again and again. “A Year in New York” captures the people of this city in a raw yet captivating way. Clancy seizes ordinary moments of life here and honors what makes New York the greatest city, a beloved city around the world – it’s really about the spirit of the people.
From Andrew Clancy…
As a filmmaker living in New York for the first time, I’d grab my Canon 7D and shoot footage of what was going on around me, to try and take in all that was happening. To try and capture the sense of community I felt in a place so large and diverse.
The HDSLR was a great tool for this. It allowed me get in among people and crowds but at the same time not draw attention to myself.
It seemed like a never ending project and you could stay filming life in New York for a long time. But eventually I put my camera down and started to edit. Here’s the end result, it’s a bit rough and tumble but that’s life in the Big Apple I guess.
Thank you to Andrew Clancy for shooting and editing this piece.
And thank you to blog reader Les Legaspi for sending me this to share with all of you.
When you’ve had a bad day in New York or you’re dreaming of this city and wishing you could hop on a plane and fly here, watch “A Year in New York.”
Video shot and edited by Andrew Clancy.
Music is “We Don’t Eat” by James Vincent McMorrow.
Photo by Carl Solder on Unsplash.