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Dancing in the Streets

A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, I was walking by a building-in-progress on West 68th Street when I saw a gentleman “stepping out” from the facing building, sporting a tuxedo and carrying a podium. Well, this is Juilliard country, not to mention Lincoln Center, so why not? To my delight, however, he set down the podium on the sidewalk: first came a slow warm-up, his arms extending in sync with the stretching crane; then, with the conducting of a frenzied prelude, the suite commenced—the scaffolding came to life as workers and equipment performed their respective parts for this maestro of construction.

Discerning the dance in day-to-day life reveals rhythms, motion, and design often overlooked. Sometimes it’s simply a matter of distinguishing the patterns that people will impose on themselves, initially, I suppose, as an attempt toward organization and a sort of human functionalism, but ultimately,

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