Goings On About Town

In all modesty, Sylvia Plachy tries to vanish behind the lens—yet somehow she seems to be inside the picture, the genie that lets loose its swirling, slightly off-balance energy. Her Goings On About Town (Aperture/The New Yorker) showcases the Hungarian-born, New York–based photographer's realistically rhapsodic vision of a city where, in her words, you can "step out and chase your dreams." Above, "Bambi the Mermaid, Coney Island, Brooklyn"; below, "Stars of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular."