New Bohemians

Photography by Allan E. Schoening

We all find inspiration in our own way. Some of us strive to cultivate that into something else entirely. Here are some Brooklynites who like to start something too big to finish and then finish it.

Langhorne Slim

Occupation: Musician/Lion Tamer

Years in New York: 8 or so, on and off.

What neighborhood do you live in? The road is home but when I’m here, I stay with my buddy, Jon, in Williamsburg.

Where are you originally from? Bucks County, PA

What brought you to New York? Wishful thinking and a pursuit of magic.

Favorite things to do in New York? Look at stuff.

Best New York moment: Ha, I don’t know, but I think it’s around the corner.

Anything exciting you’re working on now? Lots of touring to promote our new record, The Way We Move, that came out in June.

Where do you see yourself in five years? A little fatter and a lot happier.

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Megan Elise Martin

Occupation: Writer

Years in New York: 7

What neighborhood do you live in? Crown Heights, in Brooklyn

Where are you originally from? California

What brought you to New York? A wing and a prayer.

Favorite things to do in New York? Eating, drinking, shopping and biking my way through the boroughs. Hanging out with my incredibly smart, beautiful and talented friends. Doing absolutely nothing (it’s harder than you think). Writing and reading until my eyes hurt. Hosting the perfect house party. And other stuff.

Best New York moment: That feeling of ‘just around the corner…’

Anything exciting you’re working on now? A series of short stories with a working title of Writing In Dust; conquering Gravity’s Rainbow; my tan.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Most likely celebrating 12 years and two days in New York, but maybe I’ll be back on the West Side.

Follow Megan on Twitter @meggyelise.

Stevie Weinstein-Foner

Occupation: King/Warrior/Magician/Lover/Singer/Poet/Seeker/Believer

Years in New York: 5

What neighborhood do you live in? Greenpoint

Where are you originally from? Boston

What brought you to New York? It’s the place where people come to realize their own American dreams, it vibrates with the excitement of those dreams and that promise.

Favorite things to do in New York? Making eye contact and smiling at strangers as we pass on the street. Gathering around long wooden tables and sharing good food and good company.  Going to the beach. Watching the sunset behind water towers on a rooftop by the river. Seeing a few stars on a clear night, or the moon on a cloud-filled one. Loving beyond reason and self-interest.

Best New York moment: Small world moments, realizing that we are all connected to so many people here and that they somehow all know each other, too.

Anything exciting you’re working on now? Playing music, singing, dancing, laughing and meditating. I’m working on making my dreams come true.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Touring the world, singing with friends, living on a farm with family and community, relaxed, not worried, living the dream. Inspiring others to love themselves, be themselves, find freedom and speak their truth.  Keeping it real.

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Danielle White

Occupation: Precarious worker

Years in New York: 6

What neighborhood do you live in? Bed-Stuy

Where are you originally from? The New Jersey Shore

What brought you to New York? It was getting out of the Dirty Jerz and finding a place I could relax and be myself.

Favorite things to do in New York? People watch

Best New York moment: When I first moved to NYC I barely had a social life — so I was forced to find things on my own or go crazy! I found that the Met had a string quartet every Friday night, I would sit and listen to the music in between seeing the exhibits.

Anything exciting you’re working on now? People that I am around are very inspiring and we are all trying to work on community projects together, not just gardens (there is nothing wrong with those) but working on keeping spaces alive and open for all people to enjoy. Space is an issue in NYC. Working people don’t have enough places where we don’t have to pay to get in or be harassed once there.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Making pizza with my hubby and yelling at our kids to keep it down!

Ryan Michael Commins

Occupation: Part-time writer, full-time corporate drone

Years in New York: 23

What neighborhood do you live in? Greenpoint

Where are you originally from? Raised in Glendale, Queens, but I mostly lived on the swamplands of Long Island.

What brought you to New York? My parent’s youthful optimism.

Favorite things to do in New York? Overhearing the ridiculous conversations. Just today I heard this teenage girl ask her friend, ‘You think he wears your panties when you’re gone?’ They laughed and she said, ‘He’s gonna kill you.’

Best New York moment: A woman with her baby on the train threatening to shoot everyone and no one reacting at all. She was trying to get her bag away from her friend and then she screamed, ‘I’m so nice, I’ll have my baby shoot your ass.’ I was loving that scene. I can’t help it.

Anything exciting you’re working on now? I’m finishing a novel and I hope to have it out sometime before the year’s done.

Where do you see yourself in five years? I really have no idea. I don’t want to happen upon this in five years and read some shit I did not accomplish.

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Alissandra Hipona

Occupation: Hair Stylist

Years in New York: 7

What neighborhood do you live in? Greenpoint

Where are you originally from? Arlington, VA

What brought you to New York? Friends, curiosity, and education.

Favorite things to do in New York? Currently, patronizing Nitehawk Cinema is all I think about.

Best New York moment? How to choose just one?! Showing up to my first day of a film class to learn that Jonathan Demme was the guest speaker. Having the opportunity to work Fashion Week within my first month of hair school. New York is full of special and unexpected opportunities.

Anything exciting you’re working on now? My best friends and I are currently training for the Tough Mudder in October. If you haven’t heard of Tough Mudder I suggest YouTube-ing it. It’s going to be the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but the girls on my team are pretty badass, so I think I’ll be ok.

Where do you see yourself in five years? Continuing to travel the world, and hopefully writing something interesting.

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