There is a small but longstanding community of Black cowboys in NYC. Hear from Dr. George E. Blair—a 90-year-old descendant of the Buffalo soldiers—who produced an all-Black cowboy rodeo in Harlem for over 30 years and continues to teach New Yorkers how to ride horses in his New York Riding Academy on Randall’s Island.
Date Published: August 24, 2021
Yannick Lebrun and Caroline Dartey are dancers with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater who emigrated from French Guiana and Switzerland, respectively, to pursue their dreams. Lebrun has been dancing with the theater company for almost 15 years, while Dartey is just starting her journey. Both enjoy the sense of community and freedom of expression that exists with being a professional dancer in New York City.
On the Brooklyn side of the iconic span from Lower Manhattan to Dumbo sits Brooklyn Bridge Park, a breathtaking 85-acre oasis along the East River. Laura caught up with people taking in the sunshine, marveling at the skyline and enjoying the local vibe—and their smiles said it all.