Life in this city based on a meta-logic: the number increases Northbound, and vice versa. The number decreases Eastbound, and vice versa.
This is a city of Mondrian, a concrete formation of pure forms—within the composition of blocks, squares and straight lines, there are no space for dead ends, alleyways or dark corners.
If you ask for direction, the answer goes in a mathematic style: ‘turn right at 4th street, after four blocks, a second right at 5th avenue.’ There is no ‘ish,’ no ‘head South for 3 minutes and follow the cathedral dome’ or ‘just go to the opposite side of the sunset.’
In New York, there is nothing in-between, and everything is explicit.
The positive side of simplicity is that it makes life logical: you always know where you are, the distant from point A to point B and the location’s relation to one another (e.g. Lower East side, East Midtown, or West Village).
The negative side of simplicity is that it eliminates ambiguity and unequivocalness leads to stupidity.