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An ode to the young people of New York 

“The skater kids.” Photo by Paola Michelle Ortiz at Washington Square Park

New York City is home to over 8 million people, some of whom have dreamed their whole lives to be part of a city where self expression and acceptance is fomented. Walking down the streets of New York you see people of different complexions, backgrounds and lifestyles.

During several months, I photographed the young people who have decided to call New York City home to reflect the true spirit of this city. When looking at these photos, I can imagine what the future of the city will look like. The people selected all reflect unique character and are part of what makes New York one of the most creative cities in the world.

The goal of this photo essay is to capture the essence of the young people that compose New York City and show the creative spirit New Yorkers carry. A place where people feel free to be who they have always wanted to be, without inhibitions or fear.

Mac at the Park. Photo by Paola Michelle Ortiz at Washington Square Park

Platinum blonde girl at the Park. Photo by Paola Michelle Ortiz at Washington Square Park

Iman with Puerto Rican flag tote at Union Square. Photo by Paola Michelle Ortiz in Union Square Park

Hannah and Rachel with skateboards on 5th ave. Photo by Paola Michelle Ortiz on 5th Ave. and East 8th St.

Adrian with mask. Photo by Paola Michelle Ortiz at Washington Square Park

Alex and his “friends” at the Park. Photo by Paola Michelle Ortiz at Washington Square Park

Obie in The Village. Photo by Paola Michelle Ortiz on 6th Ave. and West 4th St.

Brenna registers voters at the Park. Photo by Paola Michelle Ortiz at Washington Square Park

HAIR. Photo by Paola Michelle Ortiz at Washington Square Park

“Don’t like my attitude?” Photo by Paola Michelle Ortiz at Washington Square Park

Desi in Coney Island. Photo by Paola Michelle Ortiz at Coney Island