I’m someone who likes to ask questions of some of the people I run into, and more often than not people are willing to talk either about themselves or the world they inhabit in evocative and informative ways.
None of these over-the-top displays aim at subtlety but their spectacle attempts to envelop us all in holiday good feelings, and it succeeds with many. Still, the abattoir much of the world has turned into repels and frightens me.
The artists and young professionals who inhabit large slices of contemporary, gentrifying Brooklyn don’t appear here. Rather what’s portrayed is an older version of that borough — one built on elements of the great On the Waterfront.