Legacy Russell was sitting on a bench in Tompkins Square Park next to the playground. On a table in front of her sat a pink candle, a typewriter, and pages of typed notes. A man wearing a purple polo shirt stopped in front of her and asked what she was doing. She explained she was an artist working on a project in which she "collects memories about this neighborhood."
"I've never lived in this neighborhood so I guess I don't qualify," he shrugged.
"That's okay," she responded. "It's about the neighborhood, not if you've lived here; you don't have to bring a proof of address."
"So you're doing it right now?"
"Yeah, would you like to share a memory?"
The man then launched into a story about how he used to go around "smoking out all the parks I could find," including Tompkins. Russell's fingers came down on the typewriter keys. He finished his tale, adding that he is now sober, and left. More »