Stoop Stories™ connects, supports, and celebrates our NYC neighbors, especially those hardest hit by the pandemic and systemic inequities. We honor generations of New Yorkers who connect through stoop life and story sharing.
Since April 2020, we have produced hundreds of features from families, essential workers, small business owners, activists, and artists throughout the five boroughs. We amplify voices of BIPOC and underrepresented communities and call out injustice, while celebrating stoop life and moments of joy. New Yorkers have shared stories from their stoops, including notable natives like Black Trans activist Qween Jean on the stoop at The Stonewall Inn and Holocaust survivor and novelist, Lore Segal, at her bench in Riverside Park. Since not everyone has a stoop, we like to say, "A stoop is a state of mind." With that in mind, we visited sidewalks, storefronts, fire escapes, NYCHA houses, the red steps in Times Square and the grand stairway of Brooklyn Borough Hall.
We are currently developing a new intergenerational storytelling project–a series of 5 mini-documentary films, as well as running intergenerational workshops. Youth chat with neighborhood elders (grandmas and “block mayors”), gathering sacred memories, while celebrating cultural heritage, neighborhood pride and stoop life together. Through this multigenerational sharing of stories, we can help preserve and pass on fading legacies, while also connecting older adults and youth at a time when both groups are in severe need of connection. Intergenerational programs also bolster our sense of community, belonging and compassion, and a greater acceptance of our differences.
Stoop Stories has been featured by The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Washington Post, NY1, PIX11 News, News12 Brooklyn, BK Reader, and the We Love NY campaign. Our work has been exhibited at the International Center for Photography, Photoville, Arts Gowanus ArtWalk, Papergirl BK, and Art on the Ave NYC. We designed a large solo show at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, with a companion exhibit at Photoville where we held a storymaking program with kids.
We previously collaborated with Time Out New York, ciaooo mag, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of NY (BBBSNY), and are currently partnering with Heights and Hills, DOROT, Five Boro Story Project, STooPS Bed Stuy, Atlantic Avenue BID, and Foster Pride.
We would love to collaborate and/or connect with you!