I moved to Brooklyn in October 2020, when the city all seemed to be moving in the other direction. Being a morning person, the 10pm mandatory closing time made the "city that never sleeps" more appealing to me. Articles circulated the internet with dystopian titles like "NYC is dead forever - here's why:"
I grew up in the Hudson Valley and some of my earliest memories are in Yankee Stadium (the old one, not the stadium that had paper people behind home plate before the pandemic started). I remember peering out of the window as we drove into Brooklyn to pick up my uncle before making our way into the Bronx.
Before moving to New York, I spent a decade living in Boston. My favorite part of Boston was how small it felt. I couldn't leave my apartment without bumping into someone I knew. My favorite part of New York, in stark contrast, is how big it is. You can live in total anonymity here and that feeling is freeing, allowing you to explore your own self. What makes New York so beautiful is that we're all just here, living our distinctly unique individual lives, all together. It's weird, it's wild, and it's wonderful.
Just four months into my time in this city, I was let go from my job. Having recently watched a few episodes of Fran Lebowitz's Netflix series "Pretend It's a City," I recalled a quote that, and I'm paraphrasing here, "No-one can afford to live in New York. We all move here, and we can't afford it, and we figure it out."
Unemployed, it's tempting to get out from underneath my lease and drive across the country. I'm not done with New York, though. I moved here to explore this city, to experience this city. Unemployed, I finally have so much time to do that. As my own dad has said from time to time, "You'll have time or money in your life, but rarely both." I'm rich with time right now and I'm going to use it to explore New York.
Perhaps an outrageous goal, but I want to try to photograph every block of New York. These photographs will be imperfect: some will be overexposed and the cropping will sometimes seem strange. I'll be shooting candids, cityscapes, and photos of trash; whatever I happen to stumble upon that inspires me. Through this collection, however, I hope to capture the character of the city, and prove to you all that New York City is so far from dead.