There Are No Whys

In her neighborhood, beauty was hard to find. Celeste lived in an ugly part of Brooklyn in the 1980s because rent was cheap for large artist lofts with long leases. At night, it was a deserted no-man’s land. No trees or flowers grew along the grimy streets. DUMBO was all industrial then—mills, workshops, and storage facilities with few full-time residents. The buildings formed brick canyons five or six stories tall, towering over the cobblestone roads. File cabinets were manufactured on the bottom floors of her building. Across the way, they printed wallpaper, and there was a custom framer and a … Continue reading There Are No Whys