If you live in New York City or have spent some time there in November or December, then this must be a familiar sight to you: the Christmas tree sellers and their stands on street corners all throughout the City. Twenty-something guys with lumberjack blouses and sturdy boots hold up large Christmas trees for dads and moms with their children, as they pick and choose their perfect size. I spent some time with Tristan and Laurent, who sell trees on a street corner in Crown Heights near prospect Park, to document their work and the lifestyle that comes with the job.
On a (luckily) not-so-cold December day, I set out on a long walk through Brooklyn. I circumnavigated its biggest park, Prospect Park, by following the blue line I had previously drawn onto the map. It has surprised me from the beginning that neighborhoods here have such distinctive characters and demographics. While Brooklyn is an incredibly diverse borough, that diversity comes in little pockets that continue to exist in largely separate ways. I decided to walk around Prospect Park to observe the surroundings change as I made my way through the different neighborhoods and the borders between them, where they meet, mix and part again.
Here is where I share my explorations of New York City with you!