Leonora Russo is 87 years old, she is called “The Queen of Williamsburg” because she lives in Williamsbug since 60 years. Everybody knows her, and she says that if she should leaves the neighborhood she could die, because Williamsburg is all her life.
Leonora lives alone, her husband and her son died, she spend most of her time sitting on her bench on Bedford av, Williamsburg, New York, just looking the people that are walking up and down the street, and says “hello” to everyone.
Last summer I met her in Brooklyn, on the street, and we became friends, so we met for a coffe or dinner and spend long time to talk, she also received me to her home and she cooked for me. I'm documenting her daily life since a year. She is a very interesting and powerful woman, she looks beautiful and she thinks that it's important to be elegant every time.
© Anna Gianfrate
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