Sometimes it seems—if you turn on the TV or open your browser—that we’re divided.
We spent 4 days traveling around New York City, to see if there is anything we have in common.
It turns out, we do.
From Bay Ridge to the Bronx, Chinatown to Jamaica Bay. Everywhere we went, we asked people on the street to tell us one thing: How do you say, I love you.
This Valentines day, we aim to add a little to your vocabulary, but more importantly, show that we all have our own beautiful way to express love.
We hope you text and call the people in your life. Tell them you love them. Now you can do it in 35 different ways.
Of Manhattan’s 1.63 million residents, 49.1 percent (2013) of them speak a language other than English in the home. According to a report released by the United States Census Bureau, more than 192 languages are spoken in the New York metropolitan area, however some experts believe upwards of 800 languages are spoken on the island on any given day, making Manhattan the most diverse 23 square miles in the world.
Brooklyn is New York’s most populated borough and the second largest in size. In fact, if Brooklyn were not a borough, it would be the fourth largest city in the country. In Brooklyn, the most common language spoken after English in French, due in large part to the borough’s thriving Caribbean community centered in Flatbush, the largest West Indian community outside of the Caribbean after Toronto, Montreal, London and Miami. Brooklyn also boasts more than a dozen other ethnic neighborhoods, from Arabic to Spanish, Ukrainian to Greek.
Queens is home to one of the most diverse zip codes in the country, in Queen’s Village, not to mention the thriving multinational community that is Astoria. Basically any language you can imagine, and some you may never have heard of, are spoken in Queen’s, making it something if an “urban United Nations”.
In recent years, the rise of African languages spoken in the Bronx has been substantial, with more than 16 different African languages being spoken in the borough, a number experts believe to be low compared to the daily reality of life in the Bronx. In addition to this growing African speaking community, others, such as Italian, Spanish, and Albanian speakers continue a heritage that finds its roots in the Bronx for generations.
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VIDEO & PHOTO CREDITS
Director: Robert Fogarty// Executive Producer, 2nd Photographer Sound: Jonah Evans // Director of Photography: Jeremiah Fry // Producer, Editor, Creative Director: Tori Gene McCarthy //Production Assistant: Bryant Gilmore//Aerial Cinematography: Viewing NYC //Music: “Antlers”, by Lights & Motion//
Special thanks to the city of New York and its citizens for sharing their stories of love and language with us.
About Dear World:
Dear World asks each portrait subject to share a message to someone or something they care about in their signature style. Dear World began in 2009 when residents of New Orleans wrote “love notes” to the city. Everywhere they go, they ask people to share a message To someone they love or about something they care about. His field projects have included visiting Joplin, Missouri, Breezy Point, New York, the Zataari Refugee camp, Boston marathon survivors, and Stuart Scott tribute. Dear World has photographed 50,000 people all around the world and has appeared on CNN, the TODAY show, the Independent and L’Express.
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