It’s really special when you find those little nooks where you can dream and drift away with no boundaries. As a kid the stoops of Brooklyn were my nooks, my stepping away from the block I was living on to see a different perspective. Whether it was on a quite tree-lined street between 6th and 7th Avenues or an abandoned building with a revolving door of addicts, I would sit and visualize my future. What I would be doing and how I would contribute to the world. I realize now that the thoughts of a future educating and being a teacher of the world is what was in me all along and I had to get there a different way, a way which I could never plan or see. The perfect plan. With love and faith those things I thought as pipe dreams were truly designed in me to be carried out. So thank you Brooklyn stoops for realizing a future I never thought to be reality and for remaining a stronghold in my character. As the rest of my life unfolds, I’m certain my time on those stoops were the beginnings of what’s to come.
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On a cool fall day I met with photographer Natalia Vergara at one of her favorite spots in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Not only is it a place to practice her own photography skills but it also provides a quiet oasis. A space to just be with herself. To be at peace. To be home. Interesting conversations can be heard and sights she appreciates with the best of hearts. Only 2,089 meters away from the hustle and yet worlds apart. Since coming over from her native Argentina, Natalia has embraced the calm and the storm that lies a river away. With dreams at her fingertips and visions of a future dancing along the water, she remains focused on what is within to carry her forth.
I love Brooklyn. I’ve been a Brooklynite for over 30 years (read: my whole life). I was reflecting on my time here and how much Brooklyn has changed. Swimming in my own memories I wanted to share in the experience of others who love Brooklyn for their own reasons. Whether long time resident or recent transplant; street corner, home or park, I want to know what you love about this borough and why. This is an on-going project to discover Brooklyn anew and its residents. If you’re interested in participating in this project and sharing your love, contact me at email@example.com.
First up is Trinidadian writer/author Anton Nimblett. Anton has been living in Brooklyn since he was 13 years old. His storytelling weaves experiences and feelings of warmth, even in the most challenging of moments. Prospect Park, specifically the highest hill point, is connected to his creativity. He stumbled upon the peaceful, quiet circular hill when participating in The Artist Way, so it serves as a creative reminder. One which gives him the presence of mind to feed his pen memories of yesterday and intentions of better tomorrows. Check out his great collection of short-stories Sections Of An Orange, where you’ll experience tales of human desire and connection.