Kick, Push, Coast
On my way back home, I sit across Amy whose style you wouldn’t miss. She carries a beautiful air of confidence, openness, and kindness—definitely someone you’d want to start a conversation with. Beneath her feet, her trusted skateboard that takes her wherever she wants to go. "I skateboard because it’s so liberating. It’s a type of freedom not everyone gets to feel," says Amy, who just celebrated her birthday a few days ago, "It’s also the factor of me being female and being doubted. I just want people to see that if I can do it, anyone can.” Amy breaks the boundaries of gender stereotypes when she shows up at the skate park. She wants young girls to know that they can definitely skate just as well, or even better than the boys, all they need to do is practice, practice, practice. 

Kick, Push, Coast

On my way back home, I sit across Amy whose style you wouldn’t miss. She carries a beautiful air of confidence, openness, and kindness—definitely someone you’d want to start a conversation with. Beneath her feet, her trusted skateboard that takes her wherever she wants to go. "I skateboard because it’s so liberating. It’s a type of freedom not everyone gets to feel," says Amy, who just celebrated her birthday a few days ago, "It’s also the factor of me being female and being doubted. I just want people to see that if I can do it, anyone can.” Amy breaks the boundaries of gender stereotypes when she shows up at the skate park. She wants young girls to know that they can definitely skate just as well, or even better than the boys, all they need to do is practice, practice, practice. 

Ballin hard to Beau-etry in Bedford
"Ball so hard, that shit cray!" Iggy was listening to Jay-Z when I tapped his shoulders to ask how tall he was since a New York residence told me 6 footers rarely stroll the streets of this city. The 6’4" 20-year-old turns 21 tomorrow, he said he likes poetry so I offered him a poem. He flips to "Weed and Harmony" on random and laughs. He’s a waiter at an Italian restaurant and is searching for more clarity in his future. Happy Birthday, Iggy! Cheers to becoming 21! 

Ballin hard to Beau-etry in Bedford


"Ball so hard, that shit cray!" Iggy was listening to Jay-Z when I tapped his shoulders to ask how tall he was since a New York residence told me 6 footers rarely stroll the streets of this city. The 6’4" 20-year-old turns 21 tomorrow, he said he likes poetry so I offered him a poem. He flips to "Weed and Harmony" on random and laughs. He’s a waiter at an Italian restaurant and is searching for more clarity in his future. Happy Birthday, Iggy! Cheers to becoming 21! 

C Major
On the C ride back home from 23rd St, Cross from Harlem offers an empty seat next to him, recently occupied by his backpack. I randomly tell him about TUGWOAT and ask him if he’d like to read a poem. He then shares that he’s a songwriter, so I suggested he reads another poem, “Letters to a Young Poet” His head is nodding and exalts, “This is exactly how I feel! I really like it. I like how he writes and [says that] the answers in life that society gives you isn’t always the right answer. You have to come up with your own answer. I like how he words it.” He shares, “I like to play with words.” Cross is an 18-year-old musician who plays guitar and is taking a year off away from school before he heads off to attend Berklee College of Music. I then get off at 110th St, because I realized I took the wrong train since 72nd St….but then again, did I really though? ;) 

C Major

On the C ride back home from 23rd St, Cross from Harlem offers an empty seat next to him, recently occupied by his backpack. I randomly tell him about TUGWOAT and ask him if he’d like to read a poem. He then shares that he’s a songwriter, so I suggested he reads another poem, “Letters to a Young Poet” His head is nodding and exalts, “This is exactly how I feel! I really like it. I like how he writes and [says that] the answers in life that society gives you isn’t always the right answer. You have to come up with your own answer. I like how he words it.” He shares, “I like to play with words.” Cross is an 18-year-old musician who plays guitar and is taking a year off away from school before he heads off to attend Berklee College of Music. I then get off at 110th St, because I realized I took the wrong train since 72nd St….but then again, did I really though? ;) 

Thanks for Poetry over Pizza
This is Vinny, we met at Vinnie’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn. A pretty dope soul who was open to sharing his table with a stranger. Raised in Tennessee, Vinny is a part of a band and has lived in Chi-City but prefers the life in NY. He’s a rarity who is fond of long-distance relationships, because it makes heart palpitations that much more exciting each time he sees his girlfriend. 

Thanks for Poetry over Pizza

This is Vinny, we met at Vinnie’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn. A pretty dope soul who was open to sharing his table with a stranger. Raised in Tennessee, Vinny is a part of a band and has lived in Chi-City but prefers the life in NY. He’s a rarity who is fond of long-distance relationships, because it makes heart palpitations that much more exciting each time he sees his girlfriend. 

Wire Wrapping Gems
Alex is an artist of wire wrapping jewelry. He travels across the country and supports himself by selling his beautiful creations on sidewalks and street corners. A kind soul with a soft-spoken voice. On this night, he was in Williamsburg. Luckily, he also has a website you could visit too: http://www.calacuayo.com/ 
If you ever find him, he’ll also be happy to create a special piece just for you!

Wire Wrapping Gems

Alex is an artist of wire wrapping jewelry. He travels across the country and supports himself by selling his beautiful creations on sidewalks and street corners. A kind soul with a soft-spoken voice. On this night, he was in Williamsburg. Luckily, he also has a website you could visit too: http://www.calacuayo.com/ 

If you ever find him, he’ll also be happy to create a special piece just for you!

NYPD & The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time
He traveled to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic when he was 19-years-old by himself. He worked a good number of jobs until he decided to join the NYPD. “‘Trying everything once is an immature mantra,’ I really like that line!” says Officer D. He recites the line again and excitedly proclaims, “Yeah, I really like that line a lot, because it is so true!” It was a wonderful feeling watching him read “Give Yourself Permission” loud enough for passerby’s to hear if they were actually listening. “I really like that poem a lot. He’s good.” Officer D. has lived in the East Coast for most of his life. Supposedly, there’s a rumor going around that New Yorkers are mean? Well, he debunked that when both him and his partner were open and nice enough to give us a hug goodbye. Police officer + Beau-etry + Hugs = Yup, we left feeling pretty magical. 

NYPD & The Undisputed Greatest Writer of All Time

He traveled to the U.S. from the Dominican Republic when he was 19-years-old by himself. He worked a good number of jobs until he decided to join the NYPD. “‘Trying everything once is an immature mantra,’ I really like that line!” says Officer D. He recites the line again and excitedly proclaims, “Yeah, I really like that line a lot, because it is so true!” It was a wonderful feeling watching him read “Give Yourself Permission” loud enough for passerby’s to hear if they were actually listening. “I really like that poem a lot. He’s good.” Officer D. has lived in the East Coast for most of his life. Supposedly, there’s a rumor going around that New Yorkers are mean? Well, he debunked that when both him and his partner were open and nice enough to give us a hug goodbye. Police officer + Beau-etry + Hugs = Yup, we left feeling pretty magical.