Polyamorous People: Atiq Zabinski, a 48-year-old massage therapist in Brooklyn, says: "A big part of the paradigm of monogamy is a sense of property, a sense of owning another person. The other thing is jealousy, and the idea that it can be healthy to be jealous. I think both of these concepts are quite neurotic. With polyamory, there is instead the idea of 'compersion,' which is taking pleasure in whatever makes your lover happy. You are happy to see your lover happy, and that includes them being made happy by the love of another person."
Polyamorous People: Andy Izenson, 28, is a transgender lawyer based in Brooklyn. "I only know like one trans person in New York who’s monogamous," they say. "Once you start questioning gender, sometimes a lot of other things fall down like a house of cards. If I’ve been told my entire life that I have to be a girl, and if that’s not true, then what are the other things I’ve been told I have to be that might also be fake or not applicable?"
Hostel People: Melissa Cretin, 38, is a yoga instructor from New Orleans who is in town to see her daughter. "Eight months ago, I had color in my hair and Botox and a Range Rover," she says. "But now I’m done with the American idea of success that’s shoved down your throat, and I’m doing a hard reset."
Hostel People: Geoff Ellis, who is 67 and from Noosa, Australia, stands by the front entrance of the HI NYC hostel on West 103rd Street in his trekking gear. "I just spent six months hiking the Appalachian Trail," he says. "For me, it was a personal ambition to be a ‘thru hiker’ and do it all in one hit, from start to finish, all 2,190 miles."
Hostel People: Susana Malvarez, a 52-year-old airline worker from Santiago de Compostela, Spain, enjoys a smoke and conversation on a rainy night. "I like how in a hostel you can talk to your roommates about what you’ve been doing," she says. "It’s warmer than staying in a hotel, where you go to your room and it’s cold."
Protest People: Mike Bento (front, left), a 31-year-old Black Lives Matter activist who lives in Harlem, marches in Grand Central Station for "People's Monday," weekly protests held since 2015 that highlight killings by the police. "When we started doing People’s Monday, the mayor announced the NYPD’s new Strategic Response Group, an elite unit equipped with all the latest technology like sound cannons and stingrays that capture cell phone data. Their stated goal was to fight terrorism…and protesters. As if they are the same thing."
Paperless People: Audu Kadiri, 41, is a community organizer and asylum seeker from Abuja, Nigeria, who is now based in Brooklyn. A fierce advocate for the health rights of the Nigerian LGBT community, he fled his country in 2014 because of a new law that criminalized providing any services to them. "Within twenty-four hours of the law being passed," he says, "we had ten reports of gay men being attacked and violated, and police began to enforce the new law with mass arrests. I decided to leave Nigeria the day I began to fear for my life."
Paperless People: A rally at 26 Federal Plaza, outside the ICE field office where 'check ins' take place, in support of undocumented immigrants.
Bike People: Dorcus Conde, who is 55, lives in Queens, and works at the VA Medical Center, rides in Central Park with James Sweeney, a 47-year-old chef also from Queens. As on many Saturdays, he guides Dorcus on one of their weekly rides for the blind sponsored by the group, In Tandem. “I feel comfortable with James,” says Conde. “We have a system. I can’t just cruise along. We have to be a team and work together.”
Bike People: Rich Collier, a TV producer in his mid-forties who lives on the Upper West Side, films his quiz show, Roll Play, near Columbus Circle with his tricked out bike, which boasts a network of cameras, lights and recording gear. “In addition to having the smallest carbon footprint of any show in the history of broadcast,” he says, “it really is a glimpse into the future of unscripted television.”
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