William Meyers, Long Island City, Queens: May 16, 2004 (Photo courtesy of The New York Public Library)
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Forget Manhattan: One Artist Pictures the ‘Real’ New York

It all started when photographer William Meyers walked into a Fifth Avenue bookstore nearly two decades ago. “When I got over to [the New York photography] section and glanced through the titles of the books that they had, I realized that they didn’t really mean New York,” he told the Observer. “What they meant was Manhattan.” So “Outer Boroughs: New York Beyond Manhattan,” an exhibition of his work that opens today at the New York Public Library was born.

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