The first week of the Trump administration inspired massive protests around the country, including here in New York City. Earlier this week, we shared photos from protests in Washington Square and Tompkins Square Parks But, truthfully, the crowds were so large at these demonstrations that only a 360-degree camera could do them justice. To that end, we took one to some of the larger actions throughout the city this week.
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Herewith, the final installment (for now!) of our A Lot About a Plot series, diving deep into the histories of storied addresses around town.
Sometimes he hears them whispering in the halls.
“Horrible things have happened here,” Jean Paul tells me. “There are spirits still lingering here.”
Jean Paul Chatham is a 40-year-old gay plumber from Belize, dark-skinned with a large bush of curly, Creole hair that he keeps brushing away from in front of his face. He’s lived at Umbrella House for about 14 years. When he greets me he is shirtless, wearing camouflage pants and two protective amulets on a chain around his neck. Although clearly physically fit, he keeps apologizing for his appearance. He says his face looks the way it does because the entire building is trying to cast spells on him, or “bless him with negative energy,” as he puts it.