Tag Archives: Brooklyn
Someone has been attacking women in my neighborhood. 10 women have been assaulted in the past seven months, and the police have yet to arrest a suspect. Tammyli Gonzalez of CrossFit 718 decided to take action, and hosts a class taught by Ariel Yarden at her gym. In these pictures, the pair demonstrate ways to escape an attacker.
A hurricane whirled up the coast toward New York City, and Patty Condello readied his boat and cleaned his dock in Red Hook, Brooklyn. An ex-sanitation worker, Patty told me that Chinese people throw out heavy trash in red bags and walk to sweatshop jobs while everyone else waits out snowstorms indoors, that a row of police cars protected a municipal building while blocks of Sunset Park burned in the Seventies, and that he might ride out the storm in a shipping container so he could keep an eye on his boat. He wasn’t sure it was safe, but he hoped he might stop some debris just before it sank his boat in the rising waters.
Last week I photographed Scott Kersner, the third-generation owner of Kersner Furs, in his wood-panelled shop in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. He showed me around his workshop and showroom, where I touched cuffs and capes, sheared fur and dyed fur, silver fox and mink, old coats and new designs. He locked vintage coats in storage closets and stroked silver-gray pelts; he sewed bits of fur into short coats and almost convinced me I needed one. His grandfather opened the shop in 1927. His son might take over when he finishes college. His customers bring in their coats to be restyled year after year. It seems likely that I need a mink.
This weekend, I photographed reenactors in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. They set up camp, marched and answered my questions about their petticoats to commemorate the 150th anniversary (or sesquicentennial, if you prefer lots of syllables, which I do) of the Civil War. There are 4,500 Civil War veterans buried in the cemetery.
Paying for dinner, bowling, eating curly fries, showing off, texting, eating again, kissing birds, and looking at a Robert Frank picture before bed: these are some of the things we did.
I took these pictures for New York Magazine: a rally to protest the city’s culling of Canada Geese in Prospect Park. You’ll see Council Member Letitia James dancing and Edita Birnkrant, New York Director of Friends of Animals, speaking.
Photographing press conferences in interesting ways can be a challenge, but I like what I did here. And it helped to have the hilariously crotchety comments of a cameraman throughout.
Here are a few pictures I took of my dear buddies, XXXChange, Chris Devlin, and DJ Ghostdad. They called me up and I went down the hill to quickly take these pictures of them in their digital creation: Win Win!
I got to photograph the Death Set and Spank Rock a few weeks ago at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. The show was a party for the Death Set’s new album, Michel Poiccard, and I’ll tell you right now: it’s good.
Ever since Spring started poking its head up I’ve wanted to go out and dance every night.