On my first visit to New York, a New Yorker said to me, this is a hard city to live in. The rents are high, work is often busy and stressful but what makes it worthwhile is that youre always coming across cool, quirky places youd probably never find anywhere else.
Fort Greene artist Janet Braun-Reinitz likes walls. But not just any wall. She likes well-preserved, smooth surfaces on the sides of buildings; theyre perfect for creating murals, she says. Theres nothing like standing on scaffolding and painting, Braun-Reinitz continues; or hearing comments from passers-by. There's also something she loves about the camaraderie of working with others as opposed to the isolation of a studio. The process is renewing. When youre on the wall people see you not as an arty-farty person, but as a worker, she laughs.
No man-eaters imperil me. No, there isnt much chance Ill one day find I have to fight for my life versus a roaring, flesh-eating monster unless theres an escape at the Bronx Zoo, or I go looking for trouble on the Great Barrier Reef, the African veldt, or in the Kodiak range. The peril lurks in meninsurance clerks, Ponzi men, bad doctors, feral lawyers.
Desiree Pardo strolled into the courtroom six months after she was arrested for possession of a small amount of crack cocaine with a reason to be happy.