Leonid Furmansky captures the surfaces of a city eternally under inspection

Last May, photographer Leonid Furmansky spent a month in New York after being away for two years during the pandemic. He had previously lived in Coney Island as a child during the 1990s after his parents emigrated from Odessa, Ukraine, so this visit was a chance to see the city anew.

On this latest visit, Furmansky noticed the many buildings covered with scaffolds. They were everywhere, like blooms emerging after a rainstorm that ended a long drought. (There are roughly 280 miles of it in the city, according to John Wilson.) The scrim added a semitransparent layer to the facades, pushing them farther out

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