The first thing I ever wanted to be when I grew up was a pizza maker. The second was a hooker. I was 9 years old in 1981 and spent many hours of that formative year sitting in the backseat of my parents' Plymouth Volare, stuck in post-curtain-call, Lincoln Tunnel traffic on 8th Avenue. I was enamored of the "beautiful ladies" straddling the sidewalk in their stilettos, their long, chained purses bumping their hips and bumping car doors. We took bets on who would get into a car first.
I've lived at least part-time in Manhattan since I was a child and never thought I'd cross the river. Then I discovered Red Hook and realized that by moving to Brooklyn I was not losing the world of Nan Goldin but gaining that of Jamel Shabazz. In many ways Red Hook reminds me of the Times Square I knew as a kid.
Get in the car. 'Cause you can't take the subway to Red Hook.
Hally is an artist whose clients include The Whitney Museum of Art, Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, and Nicola Formichetti. Her work has been photographed by Terry Richardson and Nick Knight and published in Elle Decor, Teen Vogue, Marie Claire, and Playgirl. Entertainment Weekly named her runway show one of the 9 highlights of New York Fashion Week 2011.
This photo was taken by Chip Miller with makeup by Maria Ramagli.