The goal of this project is to celebrate the everyday heroes of New York City —  neighborhood by neighborhood. Heroes are residents who have taken it upon themselves to organize for good in the neighborhood.

We will pair local photographers to take portraits of the heroes. These portraits will be displayed in the neighborhood, and will be accompanied by writing about the subject’s heroism.

The project aims to:

  • Highlight the great stories that are already taking place in each neighborhood
  • Inspire and encourage viewers to take ownership of their community
  • Give witness the diverse leaders of each neighborhood to unify them together as heroes

By publicly sharing the stories of people who have advocated for the neighborhood for decades, we hope to spark ideas of how new residents can become ‘owners’ and not just ‘renters’ of the neighborhood. By showcasing a diverse roster of heroes, we hope to cross-pollinate and strengthen the good work each is doing. We hope this will also provide the audience a variety of entry points to engage in the good work happening in the neighborhood.