Earlier in the afternoon on July 26th, I had organized a community action in Central Park. The idea was, once we finished our program, we would head over to Times Square and meet up with the Women's March.
Now, unfortunately, our program went longer than we anticipated, so we weren't able to join them. But as I was walking home around, like - I wanna say it was probably, like, 7pm - I noticed this *huge* crowd of people coming up First Avenue, making a right turn onto 62nd Street, and I thought, "There is no way..." - and it was the Women's March - and I thought, "There is no way they're taking the FDR..." because the FDR had not been taken all summer, and which was such a powerful statement.
So, I threw my stuff in my apartment real quick, and I ran to catch up with the crowd. And as I got onto the FDR, I was thinking - I was, like, "No, no, no..." because I didn't have my camera. I said, "I *have* to get a picture this."
So, I ran back to my apartment and grabbed my camera and my lenses and shot up First Avenue - went up to First Avenue, and then I turned in the 80s, on Carl Schwarz [Schurz] Park and rode over the FDR, and I got on the pedestrian pathway, and I rode my bike down. And I was far enough in front of the crowd, and the traffic was stopped, so I was able to actually get on the highway.
And I was just, y'know, hangin out with the [bike?] blockers that were up front. And I think they had stopped traffic. I mean, I think they had taken, like, a 30-minute break right in the middle of the FDR northbound.
And I saw a few of my comrades. We were just talking. And then, eventually, the crowd started edging closer to us, and that's when I was able to take that beautiful photo.