New York is a collection of portraits and interviews with ardent
New Yorkers about their joyous obsessions.
It all started with the Puerto Rico Schwinn Club. I've seen
them all my life, but I never knew why these old guys would
be 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.
These are real New Yorkers who have found fascinating ways to
unleash their joy on the roofs and rivers and parks and streets
of New York.