Through The Window.

What is "New York?" It's a topic that pervades the perpetual conversation about the city. The shifting demographics of its storied neighborhoods make that dialogue mutable. But what I realize, looking out my living room window every day, is that a beautiful inclusiveness and cooperation persist in our little corner of the Lower East Side. Everyone is here together.

For just less than 4 hours on a Tuesday afternoon in May 2016, I set up outside, across the street from my apartment window, to capture that unaffected and unspoken alliance that exists between the people walking along Clinton Street. Everyone was welcome to participate, and no one was excluded. Here they all are. This is New York.
 

Through the Window
Richard Foulser Through the Window "In Spite Ourselves by John Prine."
Andrew, Age 37.
What song makes you smile?
"In Spite Ourselves by John Prine."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Italy with my wife."
David.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Italy with my wife."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Paris with my BFF from KS."
Natalie, Age 32.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Paris with my BFF from KS."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I'm the neighborhood optimist... and own the pizza shop."
Stephen, Age 28.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I'm the neighborhood optimist... and own the pizza shop."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Johnny Appleseed by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros."
Josh, Age 34.
What song makes you smile?
"Johnny Appleseed by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "45 years."
William.
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
"45 years."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "We are unicorns that love aliens."
Zyaire and Nyhiem, Ages 18 and 17.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"We are unicorns that love aliens."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I have freckles! :)"
Brianna, Age 15.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I have freckles! :)"
Richard Foulser Through the Window "All my life."
Mozelle, Age 54.
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
"All my life."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Nosara, Costa Rica with my husband and 3 kids."
Julie, Age 41.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Nosara, Costa Rica with my husband and 3 kids."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Anywhere as long as I'm with my family."
Trisha and Family, Age 31.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Anywhere as long as I'm with my family."
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Anonymous.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Europe. With him."
Chynna, Age 18.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Europe. With him."
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Boy with backpack.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Brazil with my boyfriend."
Kychel, Age 34.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Brazil with my boyfriend."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Bali with my wife."
Jonathan and Ellie.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Bali with my wife."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Life is good sometimes."
Yoav.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"Life is good sometimes."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Hawaii. With Brianna."
Anonymous.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Hawaii. With Brianna."
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Radhames.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I attend Primitive Christian Church."
Karina, Age 43.
What brings you to the neighborhood?
"I attend Primitive Christian Church."
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Anonymous.
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Raphael, Age 37.
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Oscar, Age 3.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Santa Barbara with my wife and dog."
Felix, Age 83.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Santa Barbara with my wife and dog."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I love playing soccer and hope to become a pro player."
Joseph, Age 16.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I love playing soccer and hope to become a pro player."
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Boy with Backpack 2.
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Barbara.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I love my kids!"
Sade and Son.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I love my kids!"
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Most of my life."
Orna and Ilan, Ages 55 and 13.
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
"Most of my life."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "San Salvador. To help poor people."
Leroy, Age 50.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"San Salvador. To help poor people."
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Basel, Age 24.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I work at Eastwood."
Alivia, Age 23.
What brings you to the neighborhood?
"I work at Eastwood."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams."
Giovanni, Age 45.
What song makes you smile?
"Summer of '69 by Bryan Adams."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Old-fashioned Lower East Sider."
Alan, Age 58.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"Old-fashioned Lower East Sider."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I work at Henry Street Settlement in Youth Development."
Shalema, Age 33.
What brings you to the neighborhood?
"I work at Henry Street Settlement in Youth Development."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Horse With No Name by America."
Minnie.
What song makes you smile?
"Horse With No Name by America."
Richard Foulser Through the Window Herbert: "Since 1924." Seth: "Since 1957."
Herbert and Seth.
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
Herbert: "Since 1924." Seth: "Since 1957."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Aladdin Sane by David Bowie."
Brian, Age 54.
What song makes you smile?
"Aladdin Sane by David Bowie."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I'm a nurse and enjoy giving to the local community..."
Alfonso, Age 33.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I'm a nurse and enjoy giving to the local community..."
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Ellie.
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Ashley's Daughter.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Work at the Manny Cantor Center."
Ashley, Age 24.
What brings you here?
"Work at the Manny Cantor Center."
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Anonymous in Red.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Just want to be a good human being."
Charles.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"Just want to be a good human being."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Goa, India. With my mom."
Amber. Age 26.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Goa, India. With my mom."
Richard Foulser Through the Window &quotMarshmallow World by Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin."
David, Age 55.
What song makes you smile?
"Marshmallow World by Frank Sinatra & Dean Martin."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "6 years."
Brittney
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
"6 years."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "8 years."
David.
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
"8 years."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "All songs that make my girls dance."
Diogenes and Family, Age 38.
What song makes you smile?
"All songs that make my girls dance."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Lower East Side, Manhattan with Jean-Michel Basquiat."
Gabriel, Age 18.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Lower East Side, Manhattan with Jean-Michel Basquiat."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "My own songs, xoxo."
Alek, Age 28.
What song makes you smile?
"My own songs, xoxo."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Here. NYC. At my front door, in my neighborhood."
Catherine.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Here. NYC. At my front door, in my neighborhood."
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David.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "You're Still Standing There by Steve Earle."
Simone, Age 26.
What song makes you smile?
"You're Still Standing There by Steve Earle."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Lemonade by Gucci Mane."
Walker, Age 29.
What song makes you smile?
"Lemonade by Gucci Mane."
Richard Foulser Through the Window West Virginia.
Dana, Age 53.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
West Virginia.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "In Philly with grandparents."
Mija.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"In Philly with grandparents."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Political Science by Randy Newman."
Ron.
What song makes you smile?
"Political Science by Randy Newman."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Ireland with my girlfriend."
Kenny, Age 53.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Ireland with my girlfriend."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Sara Smile by Hall and Oates."
Ilene and Sara, Ages 58 and 34.
What song makes you smile?
"Sara Smile by Hall and Oates."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Hawaii with my children."
Denette and Daughter, Age 37 and 7.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Hawaii with my children."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Work."
Bob.
What brings you to the neighborhood?
"Work."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "A bar. With Jesus."
Alex, Age 26.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"A bar. With Jesus."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Work."
Suzanne, Age 60.
What brings you to the neighborhood?
"Work."
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Kevin, Liao Li and Phoebe.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "England or Sri Lanka with my mother and sister."
Amanda.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"England or Sri Lanka with my mother and sister."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I like to smile."
Janine.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I like to smile."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I love the camera, and the camera loves me."
Joshua, Age 27.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I love the camera, and the camera loves me."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I like to paint."
Luis, Age 52.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I like to paint."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I have two beautiful children."
Christian and Family.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I have two beautiful children."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Cuba with my best friend."
Linda, Age 77.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Cuba with my best friend."
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David and Daughter, Age 45.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I like to take photos."
Carlos, Age 50.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I like to take photos."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I'm a teacher at PS 140."
Theresa and Daughter.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I'm a teacher at PS 140."
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Sisters.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "On a treasure hunt with family and friends."
Bridget, Mia and Scout, Ages 27, 3 and 18 months.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"On a treasure hunt with family and friends."
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Scout, Age 18 months.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Work by Rihanna."
Amanda, Age 23.
What song makes you smile?
"Work by Rihanna."
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Ilan, Age 13.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd."
Spin, Age 33.
What song makes you smile?
"Can't Feel My Face by The Weeknd."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "My son."
Robert, Age 30.
What brings you to the neighborhood?
"My son."
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Loqman.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Live, Love, Laugh always."
Brigitte, Age 43.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"Live, Love, Laugh always."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "1 year."
Zanny, Age 23.
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
"1 year."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "She Said by The Beatles."
Miranda, Age 22.
What song makes you smile?
"She Said by The Beatles."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Most songs by Elvis."
Joseph, Age 25.
What song makes you smile?
"Most songs by Elvis."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Let's Go Yankees!"
James, Age 24.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"Let's Go Yankees!"
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Kenny.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "10 years."
Luis, Age 53.
How long have you lived in the neighborhood?
"10 years."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "C: Brazil. B: Hogwarts or Hawaii. O: London."
Catharine, Barrett and Oscar.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"C: Brazil. B: Hogwarts or Hawaii. O: London."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Maldives with my girl."
Ryan, Age 26.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Maldives with my girl."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Sukiyaki."
Mika and Friend.
What song makes you smile?
"Sukiyaki."
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Barrett and Oscar.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "You Light Up My Life."
Bill, Age 68.
What song makes you smile?
"You Light Up My Life."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "A small island with my fiancé and friends."
Barbero, Age 30.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"A small island with my fiancé and friends."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective."
Sarah, Age 24.
What song makes you smile?
"Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Doesn't matter as long as the company is good."
Michael, 57.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Doesn't matter as long as the company is good."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I love our Lord Jesus Christ, and I live for my children."
Crystal and Daughter.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I love our Lord Jesus Christ, and I live for my children."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I'm just young and learning."
Evalina, Age 19.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I'm just young and learning."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Somewhere by the ocean with Ashley."
Ryan, Age 40.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Somewhere by the ocean with Ashley."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Paris with my wife and daughter."
Kevin, Age 47.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Paris with my wife and daughter."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I like to draw and Astronomy."
Wilfredo, Age 64.
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I like to draw and Astronomy."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "I sing."
Niobium and Friend, Age 15."
Anything you'd like to share about yourself?
"I sing."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Vienna, Austria with my wife."
Ralph, Age 69.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Vienna, Austria with my wife."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Switzerland or Bora Bora with Kenya, my man."
Dami and Friend.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Switzerland or Bora Bora with Kenya, my man."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) by Silento."
Jaiden, Age 6.
What song makes you smile?
"Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) by Silento."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Puerto Rico with my wife."
Keith.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Puerto Rico with my wife."
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol."
Nicole, Age 26.
What song makes you smile?
"Dancing With Myself by Billy Idol."
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Hector and Lily.
Richard Foulser Through the Window "Jordan with my family."
Mohammmed, Age 23.
If you could spend a week anywhere, where would it be?
"Jordan with my family."
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Baby in Pink.
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Sisters.
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