Coffee and Conversation Project
Over the course of an afternoon, we set up a table out of recycled boxes in the park and offered to make fresh coffee for people in exchange for a conversation whilst they waited for us to grind the beans, boil the water and pour the brew.
Many locals participated throughout the afternoon and our conversations ranged from the gentrification of the Lower East Side to fashion in Afghanistan to what it’s like living in a shelter to pet dogs to 9/11 to activist journalism and photography… and much more.
The piece was invigorating and inspiring. We created a temporary community of strangers in a public location using coffee as the starting point to ignite the sharing of stories.
By Kevin Stanton, Koby Rogers Hall, Connie Mierky and Roslyn Helper
Tompkins Square Park, New York