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‘NYC Supports’ Portrait Project Announced

4 June 2009

imagine(New York, NY) - Today TMAF announced a bold new photography project entitled ‘NYC Supports,’ envisioned as a comprehensive digital archive depicting individuals in Manhattan and all five boroughs united in their support of Manhattan Airport. “New Yorkers are behind this initiative one-hundred percent,” said Foundation spokesperson Audrey Cortlandt,  ”and the unbelievable groundswell of participation in ‘NYC Supports’ is a ringing endorsement of our cause.” Imagined as more than a mere document of Airport supporters, the scope of the project is comprehensive enough to be seen as a visual archive depicting a cross section of New Yorkers today. And that diversity was on display in some of the first images unveiled including a family of first-generation Cambodian immigrants living in a Mosco Street walk-up and an woman and her canine companions in their elegant apartment on Central Park West, which incidentally, is across the street from the proposed international terminal. A group of recent graduates from the Kunstakademiets Arkitektskole who were on hand for a sneak peek at the project seemed to agree. “Obviously the central impetus here is redevelopment and urban renewal, but you can sense that they’re not all about that.” Another chimed in, “It’s not Robert Moses part two. There’s an aesthetic sensitivity at play here. It makes you feel they’re answering to the higher cause.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

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