PHOTO: Public Art Project Shows Some Love for New York’s Outer Boroughs

QUEENS IMAGE FROM THE EXHIBIT, NEW YORK (OUTER BOROUGH) STORIES, 2014

QUEENS IMAGE FROM THE EXHIBIT, NEW YORK (OUTER BOROUGH) STORIES, 2014
PHOTO BY SOL ARAMENDI

CITY’S UNIQUE MIX UNITES US ALL

Think you’ve seen just about everything in the Big Apple? Well, not if you’re missing what’s hidden in plain sight across five vibrantly diverse boroughs. Admittedly, that’s a lot of ground to cover whether you’re a tourist or live here. So, I suggest venturing out to view New York (Outer Borough) Stories, a new public art exhibit in Lower Manhattan’s financial center. In the spotlight: a series of captivating images captured by New York City-based artists living in the four “outer” boroughs—the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

“We are incredibly excited to announce our latest collaboration with our friends at the NYC Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Urban Art Program, curating this outdoor exhibition,” United Photo Industries says in a release. The photographs are on display at two sites along the Water Street corridor—Gouveneur Lane between Water Street and Front Street, and Water Street between Pine Street and Maiden Lane. Featured artists include Christine Osinski (Staten Island); Marisol Díaz (Bronx); Irina Rozovsky (Brooklyn) and Sol Aramendi (Queens).

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According to NYC DOT officials, the exhibit aims to provide the visitor with a “rare window into the soul of New York and to celebrate what makes it tick.” The public art project also is part of the city’s efforts to “revitalize and activate Water Street in response to the devastating impact of Hurricane Sandy on Lower Manhattan.”

United Photo Industries offers more on the scope of its current project. A “Talk & Walk” with the photographers is planned later in the spring, as well. “In creating this exhibition, one photographer from each of the four outer boroughs was invited to collaborate with a locally based curator to share a story about her own community,” notes UPI. “The selected photographers come from different social and cultural backgrounds, grew up in different neighborhoods and at different times, yet all share an affinity for their city.”

Continuing, “New York (Outer Borough) Stories is more than an exhibition of photographs; it is a celebration of New York, of its unique mix and diversity of people, and of the pride that defines and unites them all.”

Recommended:

United Photo Industries (Special Projects): http://unitedphotoindustries.com/special-projects/new-york-stories/

NYC DOT Urban Art: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dot/html/pedestrians/urbanart.shtml

Meet Gilbert on Tumblr (big fan of NYC Urban Art): http://nycurbanart.tumblr.com/post/73429686216/our-biggest-fan-meet-gilbert-our-biggest-fan-he

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