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.
In late summer of 2021, tennis fans flocked to Queens for the triumphant return of the US Open Tennis Championships. The two-week sporting event—one of the biggest in NYC since the start of the pandemic—was a win, in more ways than one.
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.