By James Maher
Name: Patrice Suncircle
Occupation: Caretaker, Student
Location: The Creative Little Garden, East Sixth Street between Avenue A and Avenue B
Time: 12:19 on Friday, Aug. 17
"I’ve lived around here for the last two years. I spent most of my life in San Francisco and would still be living there except I have an elderly aunt who’s been living in this neighborhood for about 40 years who needs help. So I moved from the Bay Area to take care of her and I also go to school online at the University of Maine. When I was young, she used to warn me about going right where I am now. And now it’s where everybody goes.
A lot of work goes into keeping this garden up. I’ve been volunteering here for about a month. I’m one of many neighbors who volunteer here; I think maybe there are a dozen of us. I started volunteering because I would come here and sit and they said they needed someone to help since a lot of people were leaving. It’s a bird sanctuary, so they have to change the feeders and the water and we have to do a lot of watering. It’s open everyday from 11 a.m. until sundown."
James Maher is a fine art and studio photographer based in the East Village. Find his website here.