Curated by NoLIta participant Anna Parfentieva
31 may 2014 by art:i:curate team
As part of our 'Curated by NoLIta' project, we met with the curators: the people living and working in the neighborhood.
Ky Katrensky met with interior designer Anna Parfentieva, who told him what she likes the best about her part of town.
KK: Why did you get involved with art:i:curate and this project?
AP: art:i:curate is a an amazing creative platform. I am an interior designer in New York City and I am always looking for opportunities to connect with artists and designers.
KK: How do you normally take in art?
AP: I like to observe and guess mediums before I read the descriptions. Then I take pictures of pieces I like for my digital library of inspirations and note down the artists. With art:i:curate I can now do it all at once.
KK: What does the term “curating” mean to you?
AP: Organizing something valuable to be showcased to an audience. To me the value in curating any event is the memories and emotions that it triggers in you. I don’t know about you but I live for those moments.
KK: When did you move to NoLIta?
AP: I am originally from Russia. I grew up in Dubai, then studied in Boston. The right career opportunity got me to New York. I scored this great one-bedroom that I just could not pass up. It was a little out of my range, but it was absolutely worth it. When you rent in NoLIta, you rent the neighborhood, which very quickly becomes home.
KK: What do you like best about your part of town and what don’t you like at all?
AP: I like the contrast of working in midtown and coming home to NoLIta, which is small-town New York City. I hate whatever New Yorkers hate - trash and disrespect for the property. The truth is, I don’t know that there’s a solution either. We have a lot great restaurants, retail stores and people passing through the area. I also have a love-hate relationship with a Chinese lady who collects glass bottles at 4 a.m. on Wednesdays just outside my bedroom window.
KK: What sets NoLIta apart from the surrounding neighborhoods?
AP: Rich history, provocative art, outrageous real estate (except my apartment) and the food and fashion trend setting.
KK: Do you know any of your neighbors?
AP: I try my best to connect with neighbors. I am Russian and it’s part of our culture and tradition for your neighbor being your friend. I must say, in NoLIta it is much easier to know your neighbor rather than in Midtown.
KK: Are there any notable neighborhood characters?
AP: Remember what I said about the Chinese lady collecting bottles?
KK: What do you see for the future of NoLIta?
AP: I think NoLIta itself might not change drastically; however, I think the surrounding areas will change a lot in the next few years. There will be more new and renovated residential developments, restaurants and cleaner streets (hopefully).
KK: Favorite New York moment?
AP: During hurricane Sandy I was heading to work and I could not find a cab. When I finally caught one and jumped in – there was a handsome young man sitting in the back seat who was willing to share the cab with me. Since then he is my boyfriend and I guess the rest is history! “Only in New York”.
KK: Tell me something about yourself.
AP: I am a designer by day and a salsa dancer by night.