downtownfrombehind (DFB) is a photographic series capturing subjects riding their bike from behind on some 200+ streets, avenues and lanes below 14th street in New York City.

The result is an environmental portrait for each street and subject with a goal to highlight a set of individuals, emerging and established, each uniquely contributing; culturally, socially and physically, to make this part of the city what it is today.

The project has been widely covered in the press, from New York Times, Huffington Post, Coolhunting, Vogue, Nylon Magazine and many blogs (thankyou).

Subjects photographed to date include industrial designers, architects, creative directors, restauranteurs, entrepreneurs, hoteliers, artists and academics.


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HORATIO STREET, Amy Azzarito, Managing Editor, design*sponge for Downtownfrombehind.

Amy Azzarito is the managing editor of Design*Sponge. She graduated from the Parsons/Cooper-Hewitt with a masters in the history of decorative arts and design and quite literally hasn’t stopped writing since. She‘s published essays on topics as diverse as the evolution of French cuisine and countercultural architecture. She is currently at work on Past and Present, a book that translates topics of design history into present-day craft projects and is based on her Design*Sponge column. When not researching design history, she practices yoga, skateboards, rides bikes, and tends to her bees, who live on a Brooklyn rooftop, and to her two cats, Loki and Freya, who allow her to live in their Williamsburg apartment. You can find her at Maison Premiere (an oyster bar and cocktail den inspired by hotel lobbies of days gone by) every other afternoon for one-dollar oyster happy hours. Yum. DFB.

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