The Times has fleshed out the story behind the large portraits of local shopkeepers that were pasted to stoops on Bergen Street between 4th and 5th avenues, and it turns out the installation was organized by a resident who is concerned that mom-and-pop businesses may be forced out of the Slope by Atlantic Yards. Dana Eskelson, an actress, got people on the block to participate in the Inside Out Project, which is the brainchild of Paris-based street artist JR. The artist was awarded $100,000 via the TED Prize for the project, which has an aim of “rallying communities and telling stories of the anonymous” via the photographs. Eskelson says the following about the subjects she wanted to highlight: “It’s really hard for their businesses to stay in our neighborhood because the stadium is coming.”
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