We walk them every single day that we’re out – good luck finding dirt roads in New York City.
Although they’ve gone through changes over the years, the streets of New York tell many tales, while also being the inspiration for those not yet told.
Meet Kristie Valentine, a school teacher and artist from Brooklyn. She’s got a pretty unique way of capturing the city through her drawings.
Alain Alfaro, who directed this Rooster Original, only happened to discover Krisite by chance:
“I met Kristie outside of Penn Station one morning. She was this ambiguous person with a hoody on doing something on the ground. When I came closer, I saw that she was actually tracing the cracks on the ground. I thought to myself, ‘wow, that’s a cool concept.’ But also, how bold of her to be out here taking over the street to get what she needed for her art. I found it particularly interesting how no one seemed to be bothered by her. Not even the police. There was this mutual understanding of art in the making that rejuvenated for me the importance of art in the world. So I snapped a picture of her and asked if she’d like me to send it to her via email. A few days later we [Rooster] came up with this idea to expand on our original content by creating stories of New York people doing interesting things. I thought Kristie would fit right in. So I contacted her about making a video. She was totally game and the rest is in the video.”
Art is what you make of it, and it’s still thriving here in New York.