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Curated by NoLIta participant Anna Parfentieva

Curated by NoLIta participant Anna Parfentieva
Curated by NoLIta participant Anna Parfentieva shot by Ky Katrensky

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.


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