Open Letter to Encourage Mutual Citizen Support
New York City Artists Unite to Support the Rockaways and the Flooded Areasof New York City
Dear Mayor Bloomberg,
The Rockaways geographically, as you know, are the area that is breakingthe waves between the Atlantic Ocean and JFK Airport and New York City ingeneral. Demographically, it is very diverse and not a privileged area.
In recent years, the Rockaways became an incredible inspiration and havenfor the artists and creative community of New York. As the Rockaways are,at their best, a melting pot between the local community and the creativeenergies of the city, it is a location where New York is anticipating andcreating the images and dreams we all live on.
Hurricane Sandy completely devastated the peninsula, and a couple of daysafter the storm, families with children are still standing next to theirdestroyed and ruined houses trying to keep warm without food, water,electricity, heat, or internet.
The artistic community is sending you this letter to support the city inyour amazing, monumental efforts in all boroughs to save our city and toencourage the creative communities in New York to invent exemplary ways ofhelping our neighbors and fellow New Yorkers!
Anthony D. Curcio Jr.
Anna Deavere Smith
Rockaway Artists Alliance
Gus Van Sant
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