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William Whyte, a well-known sociologist who died in 1999, set up cameras over busy Midtown Manhattan intersections in the 1970s in order to capture "schmoozing patterns." He found that conversations were more likely to occur along the busiest parts of the sidewalk. These two business men chat it up on a recent Friday afternoon on the corner of Park Avenue and 47th Street, in Midtown Manhattan. (Justin Nobel/CNS)