Violette Franchi


Crossroads documents an intersection in East New York that is facing a rapid urban transition. The area includes New York City’s biggest church, the Christian Cultural Center, and the nation’s largest federally subsidized apartment complex, Starrett City, home to more than 15,000 people spread across forty-six buildings. Situated in Brooklyn, East New York is one of the city’s poorest neighborhoods and, to date, has incurred the highest rate of coronavirus-related deaths in the city.

Crossroads is about a crossing between past and future, a place of multiple identities, of realities that never look like they do in the commercials, urban plans, or the news. It examines an intersection made of huge-scale housing, contemporary city dwellers, loneliness, countless windows, broken promises, homelessness, car culture, pride, and everyday odysseys.