Recession special at Gray’s Papaya shop

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Image by Ed Yourdon
Gray’s Papaya shop has long been a fixture here on the corner of Broadway and 72nd Street. But I think the "recession" emphasis is fairly new…

Note: this photo was published in a Mar 18, 2009 blog entitled "Recession Radio Special." It was also published in an Apr 20, 2009 blog titled "Old Problems on Young Shoulders." And it was published in a May 12, 2009 US-India Tax blog titled "US Tax Tips in a Recession." More recently, it was published in a Jun 19, 2009 blog titled "Is This the Great Depression Again?" And it was published as an illustration in a Sep 2009 Mahalo blog titled "2008 recession," at www-dot-mahalo-dot-com-slash-2008-dash-recession. It was also published in a Sep 15, 2009 blog titled "Bernanke says ‘the recession is likely over’." And it was published in a Sep 29, 2009 blog titled "2008-2009 Recession Being Good for You!" It was also published as an illustration in an Oct 2009 Mahalo blog titled "Gray’s Papaya," at www-dot-mahalo-dot-com-slash-grays-dash-papaya.

More recently, it was published in a Nov 17, 2009 blog titled "Online Survival During a Falling Economy." It was also published in a Nov 21, 2009 blog titled "Pictures of the Great Recession." And it was also published in a Dec 20, 2009 blog titled "Recession special at Gray’s Papaya shop," i.e., the same title as the caption that I used for this Flickr page.

In 2010, it has been published in an undated (Jan 2010) blog titled "Bonus: Get Your Self a Recession-Proof Life! " It was also published in a Jan 12, 2010 blog titled "Check out: Has the Recession Made Your Life Simpler? – The Conversation – Harvard Business Review." And it was published in a Jan 14, 2010 blog titled "How Recessions Can Shape Future Behavior." It was also published in a Jan 18, 2010 blog titled "I’ll Know the Recession Is Over When…" And it was published in a Feb 24, 2010 DigiRecent blog titled "Recession special at Gray’s Papaya shop."

More recently, it was published in a May 11, 2010 blog titled " in New York." It was also published in an undated (Jun 2010) Squidoo blog titled "The Great Recession is upon us, and while the situation seems to be slightly improving (fingers crossed)." And it was published in a Jul 27, 2010 blog titled "Weekly Audit: Why Are Unemployment Benefits A Major Political Fight?" It was also published in a Sep 20, 2010 blog titled "Great Recession ended last summer, but growth recession continues." And, for reasons that utterly escape me, it was published in an undated (mid-Nov 2010) blog titled "Can anyone find the full version of “The Art of Science of Java” ebook online for free?" It was also published in a Nov 26, 2010 Super Affiliate Marketing Guide blog, with the same title and detailed notes as what I had written on this Flickr page.

Moving into 2011, the photo was published in an undated (early Jan 2011) blog titled "Bonus!" It was also published in a Jan 9, 2011 blog titled "3 Key Strategies For A Thriving Network Marketing Business During A Recession." It was also published in a Jan 17, 2011 blog titled "10 Basic Tips For Success With An Affiliate Marketing Online Program."

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These are photos that I began taking in mid-December of 2008, after the government helpfully informed us that the recession (a word they had dared not use before, just as they refuse to use the word "depression" now) has actually been in effect since December 2007.

Having lived through roughly half a dozen previous recessions, with nothing but vague memories to mark their existence, I thought it would be useful to start gathering some photographic memories of the current one. It may or may not turn out to be as severe as the Great Depression of the 1930’s, and it may or may not produce the kind of grim photographs that we have of that era … but we won’t really know until it’s over, and our 20-20 hindsight might be better informed with some pictures.

Thus far, I have only a few pictures of signs showing steep discounts; these are interesting, but it’s the "human story" that I think will tell the more important story. But I’ve also noticed an increase in the number of homeless people on the street, asking for money, food, and handouts; but I have no direct evidence that it’s associated with the recession itself. In any case, I’m reluctant to take advantage of such people by taking casual photos of them; I’m sure more appropriate opportunities will present themselves, and I’ll add them to the album as I find them…

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