New York is the most populous city in the United States, and its population is one of the most diverse. People from all over the world gather in this metropolis and scatter all over its five boroughs.
“NYC Five Boroughs” is a digital archive of the NYC five boroughs’ population curated by the filmmaker and photographer Pablo Herrera. The archive gathers the most common things happening around all the five borough everyday in an observational key. In words of Pablo Herrera, “As a documentary filmmaker, this project is such a compilation of things I see everyday happening in the city. No matters what is the meaning of them; I just love to capture the diversity and the soul of this vibrant city in a contemplative and observational way”.
The digital archive is spread throughout the social media, especially in its facebook page, allowing New Yorkers to express their ideas and references about the videos and photographs published. In this way the neighbors actively contribute to the creation of this digital archive through their own experiences around the places and situations captured by the curator.
We selected a key videos of this digital archive project of the City of New York for this post:
This video was made during the Pride Parade in Greenwich Village and Chelsea, Manhattan 2017. New York City is home to one of the world’s most vibrant gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. The City embraces its diversity as a source of strength—and that’s never more evident than it is during Pride Week, when neighborhoods throughout the five boroughs mark the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of 1969 and celebrate the victories of the gay rights movement that followed. The week’s activities include a family movie night, a rally on the Hudson River waterfront and a rooftop rave, all leading up to the massive march through Chelsea and the Village on June 24, which gets rolling at noon. (Via: NYCGO).
1 minute NYC subway ride from 14 Street (Union Square) to Brooklyn > Q Train (to Prospect Park) > S Train to Franklin Av. ::: Final destination Bedford-Stuyvesant (Brooklyn.)
Homelessness is a social crisis in the United States of America. According to McKinney–Vento Homeless Assistance Act, a person is considered homeless if he, she, or they “lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” Homelessness emerged as a national issue in the 1870s.Many homeless people lived in emerging urban cities, such as New York City. Into the 20th Century, the Great Depression of the 1930s caused a devastating epidemic of poverty, hunger, and homelessness. There were two million homeless people migrating across the United States. In the 1970s, the de-institutionalization of patients from state psychiatric hospitals was a precipitating factor which seeded the homeless population. Unfortunately, today the homelessness situation in cities like New York is still oppressive.