So, the Tribeca Film Festival happened (April 19-30, 2017). If you’re not familiar, the Tribeca Film Festival was established in 2002, purportedly as a means of helping to revitalize the area (Triangle Below Canal Street) in the aftermath of 9/11. It’s possible this isn’t entirely true, given murmurs that the festival was in the works before Sept. 11, 2001. I don’t know for certain how much of that is true, but it doesn’t really matter. Even if the Tribeca Film Festival wasn’t the direct brainchild of those who wanted to do something culturally and economically beneficial after 9/11, I’m confident that 9/11 was surely the impetus to get the show up and running as soon as possible.
There are multiple events (both official and unofficial) held in support of and related to the Tribeca Film Festival, including the Tribeca Dreams Photowalk hosted by Street Dreams Magazine. I’m generally not one for photowalks — shooting with a large group of people just seems a bit odd to me. But I love Tribeca, so I decided to jump in…and I’m glad I did. It was a good time and I was surrounded by inspired and inspiring individuals who all, in one way or another, represent the creativity energy that keeps Tribeca (and all of NYC) buzzing. Here are a handful of my shots from that day.
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“I love just walking around New York. It’s like a whole world in one place.” — Samuel Barnett
“A city that is as heartbreaking in its beauty as it is in its poverty and decay. It is still a city of dreams—promised, built, and broken.” — Ada Louise Huxtable
“I live in New York. I love this city; it’s a great city. But I hate when people go, New York City: 8 million people, 8 million stories. There’s three New York stories, alright: There’s ‘I moved here,’ ‘I lived here all my life’ and Ghostbusters.” — Mike Lawrence
“From above, Manhattan is just a lonely arm, squirting and bending from the big body of Brooklyn. It is not until you are inside it that you see it is the vital appendage, the hand that squeezes at the rest of the world, the muscle where everything that’s anything is made.” — Molly Prentiss
“New York is like that. It is brilliant and glittering and hard and ruthless, and a terrible cheat and a liar, but it is also full of tender little surprises, and when it’s in a giving mood, it has a lot to give. If you play your cards right, and you sweat a lot, and you pay your dues, the rewards are not sometimes, but often, beyond your wildest dreams.” — Lillian Roxon
“New Yorkers are always on their feet — racing along the sidewalks, crammed together in the subways, or trudging up a five-story walk-up — but it seems that everyone in New York dances in one way or another.” — Rob Grader