As a street photographer, I have followed with curiosity how people coped with the pandemic as a way to deal with the unknown. I was here on 9/11 and during Sandy’s aftermath, and last March I saw in people’s expression and way of moving on the street an anguish, an incredulity and a confusion that often matched my own. I walked around the neighborhood every day and progressively I saw how people started wearing their feelings and expressions on a piece of cloth: in parks, on the subways, during the Black Lives Matter demonstrations, in restaurants, across the bridges I walk every day.
I spent last winter in Greenpoint, feeling isolated and sad, and when I learned that a nearby yoga studio was giving classes in Transmitter Park I was elated. The place itself is fascinating: a 6.61-acre public park located where Greenpoint Avenue ends in the East River, it was acquired by the public radio station WNYC in 1935 as the site of twin antennas used for broadcasting. From 1937 to 1990, the city-operated station broadcast its AM signal from this location. Later, because of the adoption of antennas in Kearny, New Jersey and on the World Trade Center, the Greenpoint property sat unused until construction began in August 2010 and the park opened two years later in September 2012. WNYC Transmitter Park still contains WNYC’s old transmitter house.
Right away I started attending the classes vrksasana
All photos by Francesca Magnani.