Through The Window.

What is "New York?" It's a topic that pervades the perpetual conversation about the city. The shifting demographics of its storied neighborhoods make that dialogue mutable. But what I realize, looking out my living room window every day, is that a beautiful inclusiveness and cooperation persist in our little corner of the Lower East Side. Everyone is here together.

For just less than 4 hours on a Tuesday afternoon in May 2016, I set up outside, across the street from my apartment window, to capture that unaffected and unspoken alliance that exists between the people walking along Clinton Street. Everyone was welcome to participate, and no one was excluded. Here they all are. This is New York.
 

Andrew, Age 37.
What song makes you smile?
"In Spite Ourselves by John Prine."
David.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Italy with my wife."
Natalie, Age 32.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Paris with my BFF from KS."
Stephen, Age 28.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I'm the neighborhood optimist... and own the pizza shop."
Josh, Age 34.
What song makes you smile?
"Johnny Appleseed by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros."
William.
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
"45 years."
Zyaire and Nyhiem, Ages 18 and 17.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"We are unicorns that love aliens."
Brianna, Age 15.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I have freckles! :)"
Mozelle, Age 54.
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
"All my life."
Julie, Age 41.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Nosara, Costa Rica with my husband and 3 kids."
Trisha and Family, Age 31.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Anywhere as long as I'm with my family."
Anonymous.
Chynna, Age 18.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Europe. With him."
Boy with backpack.
Kychel, Age 34.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Brazil with my boyfriend."
Jonathan and Ellie.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Bali with my wife."
Yoav.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"Life is good sometimes."
Anonymous.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Hawaii. With Brianna."
Radhames.
Karina, Age 43.
What brings you to the neighborhood?
"I attend Primitive Christian Church."
Anonymous.
Raphael, Age 37.
Oscar, Age 3.
Felix, Age 83.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Santa Barbara with my wife and dog."
Joseph, Age 16.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I love playing soccer and hope to become a pro player."
Boy with Backpack 2.
Barbara.
Sade and Son.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I love my kids!"
Orna and Ilan, Ages 55 and 13.
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
"Most of my life."
Leroy, Age 50.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"San Salvador. To help poor people."
Basel, Age 24.
Alivia, Age 23.
What brings you to the neighborhood?
"I work at Eastwood."
Giovanni, Age 45.
What song makes you smile?
"Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams."
Alan, Age 58.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"Old-fashioned Lower East Sider."
Shalema, Age 33.
What brings you to the neighborhood?
"I work at Henry Street Settlement in Youth Development."
Minnie.
What song makes you smile?
"Horse With No Name by America."
Herbert and Seth.
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
Herbert: "Since 1924." Seth: "Since 1957."
Brian, Age 54.
What song makes you smile?
"Aladdin Sane by David Bowie."
Alfonso, Age 33.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I'm a nurse and enjoy giving to the local community..."
Ellie.
Ashley's Daughter.
Ashley, Age 24.
What brings you here?
"Work at the Manny Cantor Center."
Anonymous in Red.
Charles.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"Just want to be a good human being."
Amber. Age 26.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Goa, India. With my mom."
David, Age 55.
What song makes you smile?
&quotMarshmallow World by Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin."
Brittney
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
"6 years."
David.
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
"8 years."
Diogenes and Family, Age 38.
What song makes you smile?
"All songs that make my girls dance."
Gabriel, Age 18.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Lower East Side, Manhattan with Jean-Michel Basquiat."
Alek, Age 28.
What song makes you smile?
"My own songs, xoxo."
Catherine.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Here. NYC. At my front door, in my neighborhood."
David.
Simone, Age 26.
What song makes you smile?
"You're Still Standing There by Steve Earle."
Walker, Age 29.
What song makes you smile?
"Lemonade by Gucci Mane."
Dana, Age 53.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
West Virginia.
Mija.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"In Philly with grandparents."
Ron.
What song makes you smile?
"Political Science by Randy Newman."
Kenny, Age 53.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Ireland with my girlfriend."
Ilene and Sara, Ages 58 and 34.
What song makes you smile?
"Sara Smile by Hall and Oates."
Denette and Daughter, Age 37 and 7.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Hawaii with my children."
Bob.
What brings you to the neighborhood?
"Work."
Alex, Age 26.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"A bar. With Jesus."
Suzanne, Age 60.
What brings you to the neighborhood?
"Work."
Kevin, Liao Li and Phoebe.
Amanda.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"England or Sri Lanka with my mother and sister."
Janine.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I like to smile."
Joshua, Age 27.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I love the camera, and the camera loves me."
Luis, Age 52.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I like to paint."
Christian and Family.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I have two beautiful children."
Linda, Age 77.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Cuba with my best friend."
David and Daughter, Age 45.
Carlos, Age 50.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I like to take photos."
Theresa and Daughter.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I'm a teacher at PS 140."
Sisters.
Bridget, Mia and Scout, Ages 27, 3 and 18 months.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"On a treasure hunt with family and friends."
Scout, Age 18 months.
Amanda, Age 23.
What song makes you smile?
"Work by Rihanna."
Ilan, Age 13.
Spin, Age 33.
What song makes you smile?
"Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd."
Robert, Age 30.
What brings you to the neighborhood?
"My son."
Loqman.
Brigitte, Age 43.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"Live, Love, Laugh always."
Zanny, Age 23.
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
"1 year."
Miranda, Age 22.
What song makes you smile?
"She Said by The Beatles."
Joseph, Age 25.
What song makes you smile?
"Most songs by Elvis."
James, Age 24.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"Let's Go Yankees!"
Kenny.
Luis, Age 53.
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
"10 years."
Catharine, Barrett and Oscar.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"C: Brazil. B: Hogwarts or Hawaii. O: London."
Ryan, Age 26.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Maldives with my girl."
Mika and Friend.
What song makes you smile?
"Sukiyaki."
Barrett and Oscar.
Bill, Age 68.
What song makes you smile?
"You Light Up My Life."
Barbero, Age 30.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"A small island with my fiancé and friends."
Sarah, Age 24.
What song makes you smile?
"Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective."
Michael, 57.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Doesn't matter as long as the company is good."
Crystal and Daughter.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I love our Lord Jesus Christ, and I live for my children."
Evalina, Age 19.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I'm just young and learning."
Ryan, Age 40.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Somewhere by the ocean with Ashley."
Kevin, Age 47.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Paris with my wife and daughter."
Wilfredo, Age 64.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I like to draw and Astronomy."
Niobium and Friend, Age 15."
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I sing."
Ralph, Age 69.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Vienna, Austria with my wife."
Dami and Friend.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Switzerland or Bora Bora with Kenya, my man."
Jaiden, Age 6.
What song makes you smile?
"Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) by Silento."
Keith.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Puerto Rico with my wife."
Nicole, Age 26.
What song makes you smile?
"Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol."
Hector and Lily.
Mohammmed, Age 23.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Jordan with my family."
Baby in Pink.
Sisters.