Aug 4, 2020
Amid the lockdown, hanging out on her stoop, Marj Kleinman had a realization. Stoops are where people sit, talk, and share stories and they are a perfect six feet from top to bottom. So Marj created Stoop Stories, a community portrait project documenting how Brooklynites are coping with the Coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice.
Marj, photographer, award winning children’s content producer, and visual storyteller, with her team have curated over seventy features of families, essential workers, and small businesses. These stories have appeared in The New York Times, Time Out New York, PIX11 News and News 12.
Marj also has a story of her own. Her life has been filled with many twists and turns and lots of loss. At 50, she thought her future was dimming, but Stoop Stories has given her life new purpose and direction. Marj shares a quote that her late beloved father used to recite and that she finds relevant to all plot twisters:
I thought my fire was out, and stirred the ashes…I burnt my fingers. ~ Antonio Machado