It is a part of New York City that is seldom seen, but the North Shore of Staten Island is a microcosm of contemporary life in the United States. In this age of isolationism, it is also a borderland – a place where the culture wars of our decade play out in the everyday lives of residents.

My interest in the North Shore began four years ago after Eric Garner was killed in an apparent chokehold during his arrest near the corner of Victory Boulevard in Tompkinsville. In the year after his death, I photographed the family and friends of Eric Garner here as they continued to march for justice and mourn his death.

In subsequent years, through a grant from the Design Trust for Public Space, Staten Island Arts and the Alice Austen House Museum, I chronicled stories from the community in transition. The North Shore of Staten Island is about to be transformed by $1.6 billion in public and private-sector investment. Cutting through the heart of Staten Island, Victory Boulevard acts as a central thread to these stories.

Artist Bios

  • Gareth Smit

    Gareth Smit is a documentary photographer working in issues related to migration, race, identity, and violence. Gareth Smit es un fotógrafo documental. Su trabajo trata temas de migración, raza, identidad y violencia.


  • The Design Trust for Public Space

    The Design Trust for Public Space

    The Design Trust for Public Space is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the future of public space in New York City.

  • The Alice Austen House

    The Alice Austen House

    A vibrant cultural center, the Alice Austen House keeps the bold spirit of the early American photographer alive by presenting changing exhibitions of Austen’s pioneering historic photographs and of contemporary photography, providing education programs for students, offering a range of cultural programs for the public.

  • Staten Island Arts

    Staten Island Arts

    Staten Island Arts cultivates a sustainable and diverse cultural community for the people of Staten Island by making the arts accessible to every member of the community, supporting and building recognition for artistic achievement, and by providing artists, organizations, and arts educators the technical, financial and social resources to encourage cultural production.

North Shore

 archive : 2018

Featuring: Gareth Smit

Curated by: Paul Moakley

Presented by: The Design Trust for Public Space, The Alice Austen House, Staten Island Arts
  • The Design Trust for Public Space
  • The Alice Austen House
  • Staten Island Arts


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