How to build a community.

Day 327 of 365

Simple details like walking make me really happy.
Below are some images from walking around the city.
They are filled with things that draw my eye in, some things I love, and somethings I hate.
It is bitter sweet living in NYC.
We have some of the best people in the world here, and some of the worst lol.
I watch my neighbors litter everyday, sell drugs, whistle at women on the street and on the flip side this city provides me with endless opportunities to help others and to connect people.
New York is an interesting place.
Safe to say I love it but damn somedays I miss the woods, fresh air, and being well known.
I see familiar faces often but I recently moved to a new neighborhood so those faces aren’t as common anymore.
I guess the point of todays blog is that New York can really easily be a lonely place.
Hard to imagine a city with over 8 million people ever having room for loneliness but it does happen, and I think it really comes down to 2 factors your personality and your neighborhood.
Luckily for me I am fairly outgoing and I have always lived in good neighborhoods where I knew a ton of shop owners was a regular at the local coffee shop and endlessly met new people.

I miss that because my new neighborhood is not walking distance from any locally owned businesses…It’s next to Pop eyes, Mcdonalds, Taco Bell , and a hospital….probably no coincidence there.

I don’t eat that shit and as part of my practice I often make images that depict my current state and yesterday I was really missing my old neighborhood.
Today I am in my old neighborhood and I’ve already seen a few familiar faces, had some good conversations and enjoyed some coffee.
If you’re moving anywhere new, have some awareness on what you like.
If you are like me and don’t like commercial businesses close by but rather prefer the community of a neighborhood seek that.
There are great communities everywhere you just have to show up often.