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Overlooked New York, The Book!
posted: November 30, 2009
Overlooked New York, the 184-page book of my portraits and interviews with ardent New Yorkers about their joyous obsessions has finally arrived on Amazon!

It's so exciting to hold it in my hands, after working on it all these years. It came out beautifully: it's 8" X 10", in full color, and features 68 of my profiles of New Yorkers who have found fascinating ways to embrace life here in the city. New Yorkers like rooftop pigeon coop guys, subway musicians, scuba divers, bike messengers; people who fish in the parks, who live on houseboats, who fight in medieval armor in Union Square...well, you get the picture.

Here's a link to the Overlooked New York book on Amazon

It all started with the Puerto Rico Schwinn Club. I’ve seen them all my life, but I never knew why these old guys were tricking out their bicycles with flags and horns and fox tails and mirrors. So I tracked them down and painted their portraits and interviewed them.

That began my mission to discover the seemingly endless variety of enthusiasms pursued by New Yorkers, whether they were carried from immigrants’ cultures from overseas or indigenous to the city landscape. And so I started the Overlooked New York website that featured my portraits and interviews with impassioned New Yorkers.

Working on Overlooked New York has changed my life: it's made me see my world in so much more detail and made the connection I feel to my fellow human being so much stronger...and I think the book conveys that. I hope so!
Here's one of the spreads for the Urban Gardeners section...
And here's one of the Bike Messengers...
A Subway Musician...
Here's one of the Model Sailboat Salts in Central Park...
Here's the president of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York...
And here's Franky, one of the Lower East Side Puerto Rican Bike Men...
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