In Sense & the City annual tradition, I offer seven sensory delights for the seventh month.
1. Neighborhood tree fencing
This replica of the Brooklyn Bridge is outside Ted & Honey Café in Cobble Hill.
2. Peeled pineapples cut into spirals
Beside their fully clothed neighbors, they look at once flamboyant and vulnerable, like a woman in eveningwear on a morning subway.
3. Spools of thread in streetside tailors’ windows
The tidy spools of every hue mounted on a pegboard encapsulate New York’s quick-fix economy.
4. Fire hoses at the New York Public Library and Grand Central Terminal
Coiled behind a grillwork cage and shuttered in a wooden cabinet: like everything else at these institutions, immaculately designed.
5. Mail-carrier instructions
Lest there be any confusion. President Street, Brooklyn.
6. Chase Bank, Brooklyn Heights
Classic and imposing, the way a bank ought to be.
7. Subway-platform candy stands
Nowhere else do nuts, candy, chips, and batteries look as beautiful as on a gray subway platform.