Last Glimpse of Los Sures

There is in fact a sort of harmony discoverable between the capabilities of the landscape within a circle of ten miles’ radius, or the limits of an afternoon walk, and the threescore years and ten of human life. It will never become quite familiar to you.
— Henry David Thoreau, Walking
Selected Works

Last Glimpse of Los Sures is a photography project rooted in the neighborhood I lived in for several years, known as Southside or Los Sures, in the South Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. The close-knit, engaging and socially intricate character of Los Sures—had a heavy concentration of immigrants, bohemians, and marginalized residents during my time there. As New York City rapidly evolves, Williamsburg is no different and has been home to numerous ethnic groups over the decades. Despite the swift gentrification Williamsburg has endured, there still remains a sizable and proud population of residents who migrated from the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico in the mid twentieth century.

As an initial gentrifier in the building I moved into, and one of the only men I was not hard to find. I quickly became enamored at the family intricacies and community the five floor building offered, and the speed in which my neighbors became close friends. Over the years this led to a deeper connection with the neighborhood, and a natural urge to continue to forge these relationships through photography. This in turn led to my interest and involvement with aspects of the area’s fraught socioeconomic dynamics, especially the threat of displacement and further marginalization gentrification poses to the community.