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October 29, 2010 10:45 AM   Subscribe

Paris versus New York. A friendly visual match between those two cities, as seen by a Parisian-based-and-lover on New York : details, cliches and contradictions.
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse (38 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite

 
Well, they're my two favourite cities in the world, therefore I declare a draw.
posted by Decani at 10:48 AM on October 29, 2010


I love this! Is "expresso" a genuinely valid spelling?

Also, I totally want this as a poster.
posted by griphus at 10:49 AM on October 29, 2010


Those are really cute.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 10:51 AM on October 29, 2010


They are both great cities but I lost my heart to Paris awhile ago. I can't think of another city as beautiful at night, especially near the Seine.

Also, these graphics are wonderful, so sweetly funny.
posted by bearwife at 10:52 AM on October 29, 2010


This is great.
posted by Think_Long at 10:54 AM on October 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Both of them lack instantaneous teleportation transport to and from where I am right now, so that kind of sucks. London should be on the same network too, I guess, but at least if i could get to Paris I could take the train.
posted by Artw at 10:56 AM on October 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


The Godard/Woody one is a bit confusing. Woody Allen is HUGE in France. That should be Woody/Woody.

In fact, he now releases his movies there first and then the US. So, you will actually see a Woody Allen movie in Paris before you will see it in NYC
posted by vacapinta at 10:57 AM on October 29, 2010


Oh man. This is right on par with Christopher Niemann's work. Great find!
posted by schmod at 10:58 AM on October 29, 2010


yeah, but the glasses shape thing they do there is pretty funny.
posted by Artw at 10:58 AM on October 29, 2010


The Godard/Woody one is a bit confusing.

I don't think you will ever find someone who identifies Woody Allen with anyplace first but New York. He's practically a landmark.
posted by griphus at 11:01 AM on October 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Do they call pigeons "wingless rats" in Paris?
posted by cazoo at 11:04 AM on October 29, 2010


Formidable!
posted by oinopaponton at 11:05 AM on October 29, 2010


We quite often call them "rats volants", aka flying rats, cazoo.
posted by vivelame at 11:08 AM on October 29, 2010


"Wingless" is the default configuration for rats.
posted by Throw away your common sense and get an afro! at 11:13 AM on October 29, 2010 [7 favorites]


And "Wingful Rats" sounds like a devotional grindcore band.
posted by griphus at 11:17 AM on October 29, 2010 [3 favorites]


God I miss French butter.
posted by spec80 at 11:20 AM on October 29, 2010


It’s not really about popularity. Woody Allen created the mythos of 70’s New York.

A place where people lived in urbane squalor, UWS apartments with dirty door frames that smelled like cat litter. A world where people discussed kierkegaard, listened to Mozart, went to see movies at a place eternally showing “The Sorrow and the Pity” and ate dinner at Elaine’s. There were porn theatres and hookers in Times Square, Central Park was deadly after dark and people played tennis in inflatable buildings. A New York that no longer exists.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:24 AM on October 29, 2010 [7 favorites]


A New York that no longer exists.

I moved to NYC in 1990, just as the remnants of old-NYC curled up and died. I remember being driven by my mother's new husband to Brooklyn out of JFK, going through Times Square. It was nothing but enormous graffiti, boarded-up porno theaters and still-active peep shows. And even though I was six, I knew I wanted to be a part of all of that. By the time I was old enough to start hanging out in the East Village (but not Alphabet City!) by myself, that New York I saw was as mythic as the one Woody Allen made.

I've watched Manhattan maybe ten times since I first saw it in 2004. And even though it was filmed four years before I was born, I get this amazing heartaching nostalgia whenever I see it.
posted by griphus at 11:30 AM on October 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


Those graphics are brilliant.

But Paris is way better than New York and it's not even my favorite European city. Sorry New York.
posted by The World Famous at 11:31 AM on October 29, 2010


A is all right
B is be careful
C is crazy
D is dead.
posted by Combustible Edison Lighthouse at 11:35 AM on October 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


I've watched Manhattan maybe ten times since I first saw it in 2004. And even though it was filmed four years before I was born, I get this amazing heartaching nostalgia whenever I see it.

Same for me, along with Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The French Connection, Seripico, even The Squid and the Whale or any movie that features a Nedick's

I always love seeing Allanisms in newer works. Recently they ate at Elaine's on Bored To Death.
posted by Ad hominem at 11:40 AM on October 29, 2010


Bagel versus baguette nails it.
posted by three blind mice at 11:41 AM on October 29, 2010


Le Big Mac
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 11:41 AM on October 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


"Le Cafe" makes me mad. I don't live in New York, but have a hard time believing that Americanos are popular in any real quantity. Watered down espresso is not real coffee, it's just the closest ersatz thing you can get in a coffee joint that doesn't make real coffee. If anything, it should be the quaint ceramic espresso cup versus the "greek" paper cup.
posted by LiteOpera at 11:52 AM on October 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


C is crazy

Even though I hung out and worked on the East Village/Alphabet City border for years and years, I still can't describe the cognitive dissonance hit I got when my best friend asked me to join her and her sorority-type cousin (and cousin's sorority-type friends) for lunch on Avenue C. Worse still when I got there and realized that they weren't slumming it, or hanging around there ironically. It was just a place where you got nice brunch. I'd probably even been there before. And all I could think of was my mom steadfastly refusing to let me go see a punk show at ABC No Rio when I was 15.
posted by griphus at 11:53 AM on October 29, 2010


My wife loves New York and Paris. But she gives the edge to New York ("They put ice in your drinks in America! Parisians must like lukewarm Coke.")
posted by Edison Carter at 12:10 PM on October 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Ahhhh ABC No Rio.
posted by hermitosis at 12:16 PM on October 29, 2010


It's missing "Le Dogshit Dans Le Sidewalk"
posted by exogenous at 12:23 PM on October 29, 2010 [1 favorite]


Le cavalier nu?
posted by Madamina at 12:33 PM on October 29, 2010


Re: Pigeons & "Winged Rats"

For all the socialisms associated with Paris/France, NYC pigeons are actually property of the state and protected (in some capacity)—NYC rats, on the other hand, enjoy no such protections.
posted by 0x88 at 12:49 PM on October 29, 2010


Parisians must like lukewarm Coke.

I suspect that like all people of taste, they just don't like Coke.
posted by Decani at 1:15 PM on October 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


I suspect that like all people of taste, they just don't like Coke.

That's a contradiction in terms.
posted by Edison Carter at 2:01 PM on October 29, 2010


What does one do with a poached pigeon?
posted by sebastienbailard at 2:12 PM on October 29, 2010


Coke is a perfectly fine mixer!

There is no reason for the existence of Pepsi.
posted by Artw at 2:14 PM on October 29, 2010 [2 favorites]


Looks like black folks can't catch a cab in Paris either.
posted by cazoo at 4:48 PM on October 29, 2010


I love this! Is "expresso" a genuinely valid spelling?

No idea, but they do pronounce it expresso.
posted by ersatz at 5:05 PM on October 29, 2010


Lovin' the fact that the French-for-Paris-English-for-NYC rule breaks down for tennis. Visually, I love la façade the best.

Which makes me think: I believe the _ultimate_ pic still hasn't been drawn. That would be to somehow compare generic-but-iconic metro/subway station entrances for both systems. Something like contrasting Abbesses Metro Station with Broad Street Station. I originally meant this as purely aesthetically, but on further reading, seems like there's an interesting contrast culturally as well; I understand they are the subway stations for station for Wall Street, presumably. Didn't originally intend it that way, but there you go: added cultural baggage as well. :)
posted by the cydonian at 6:37 PM on October 29, 2010


"Le Cafe" makes me mad. I don't live in New York, but have a hard time believing that Americanos are popular in any real quantity.

I don't know how it is in NY, but here in Seattle, the americano is a popular drink. Sure, it's just "watered down espresso," but there are good and bad americanos and the good ones provide an even, long-lasting, high-quality drink that you don't have to suck down all at once to get the best out of. A short americano is about a third as strong as a double shot of espresso and lasts ten times as long. It's just another way of enjoying coffee, man.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 6:46 PM on October 29, 2010


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