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Stoop Stories at BCM

Stoop Stories

On View May 22 Through Fall 2021

Stoop Stories is a documentary storytelling project born in Brooklyn at the height of COVID-19. Our mission is to connect, support, and celebrate our NYC neighbors, especially those hardest hit by the pandemic and systemic inequities. We believe solutions start with stories—telling them and REALLY listening to them. We see connection and collaboration as an antidote to isolation and a catalyst for change.

The stoops of New York City have always been the place to meet up, catch up, and build community. During lockdown, our stoops became our sanity and our solidarity. We gathered there to bang pots for essential workers, to socialize from a safe distance, to dine al fresco, and to work and learn remotely. Some days, our stoops were our only connection to the outside world.

Since April 2020, Stoop Stories has produced hundreds of features from New York families, essential workers, small business owners, and activists. We call out injustice, while celebrating silver linings and moments of joy. This exhibit invites kids and families to share their own neighborhood stories. Visitors will be able to take a #stoopie on our indoor stoop and submit their own story.

What’s YOUR Stoop Story?

All Stoop Stories can be viewed here: https://www.instagram.com/stoop.stories.

More info: https://www.stoopstories.net.

About the Artists

Marj Kleinman

Marj Kleinman is a visual storyteller and the creator of Stoop Stories. A lifelong Brooklynite, residing in her childhood brownstone, she has years of stoop-sitting under her belt. This symbol of Brooklyn culture became both her refuge and muse, especially in times of crisis.

Before focusing on photography, Marj was a children’s educational media producer, creating award-winning games and activities for kids, families and teachers at PBS Kids, Sesame Workshop, Scholastic, and Noggin. She was also a contributing writer/photographer for Toca Boca Magazine, exploring the power of play and creativity in childhood. Her work has been featured in The New York Times, Time Out New York, PIX11, PBS Parents and Scary Mommy. Marj holds an M.A. in Educational Psychology from New York University and a B.S. in Theater Management from Emerson College.

Lara Weinberg

Lara Weinberg is the co-producer and editorial director of Stoop Stories. She is a pun-loving wordsmith and communications consultant with eclectic experience in entertainment, marketing, and media. Born and bred in NYC, Lara studied Literature & Rhetoric at SUNY-Binghamton and went on to associate produce “The Writing Code” — a critically acclaimed, three-part PBS series on the origin, history and art of writing. She is the former managing director of MGTN, a nonprofit leadership and career transition organization, and was the Director of Sales and Business Development for ShadowTV.

In May 2020, despite being stoopless in the city, this ground-floor apartment dweller was enlisted to create content for and co-produce Stoop Stories. Channeling her COVID blues into heartfelt storytelling, Lara is proud to edit prose, contribute original pieces, and craft stories that honor her fellow New Yorkers.