For over ten years, Francesca Magnani has regularly walked the Williamsburg Bridge in a sort of daily walking meditation. The people she sees on it mirror the city’s microcosm, but over and above, they embody her feelings. Since the late 1990s, Williamsburg has undergone gentrification characterized by a hipster culture and a contemporary art scene and nightlife. Numerous ethnic groups inhabit the neighborhood, including Italians, Jews, Hispanics, Poles, Puerto Ricans, and Dominicans. The bridge tells the stories of the people and it conceptually unites different cultures.
Francesca Magnani was born and raised in Padua, Italy. She got her degree in Classics and Anthropology in Bologna, and moved to New York in 1997 with a Fulbright scholarship in Comparative Literature at CUNY. She taught for over a decade at NYU and The New School. Her work appeared in D Repubblica, Marie Claire, Diario, F, Natural Style, IL, Flair, Yoga Journal Italy, Time Out New York and Vogue.it.