Block Party, celebrating New Yorkers across race and class, sharing regional pride from different neighborhoods.

Nothing says summer in New York like a block party. The streets are closed, the hot dogs are cooking, the bouncy castles are full of airborne kids, the beer is flowing, and so are the fire hydrants. To welcome summer, happylucky no.1 is showing photographs from Anderson Zaca’s series Block Party: NYC Soul of Summer.

Born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil, Zaca moved to New York in 1995 and currently lives in Brooklyn. He studied photography and embarked on a career as a commercial photographer, shooting for such companies as Nike, Dooney and Bourke, Target, and Facebook.

Between 2005 and 2012, he photographed hundreds of block parties throughout every borough in New York, using a 35 mm camera and an audio recorder. He captured the interaction of neighbors of all ages playing games, sharing food, dancing and playing music, playing dominos and cards, and chatting and joking on the traffic-free streets. His pictures capture the way the festivities differ from neighborhood to neighborhood.

Zaca was inspired to begin the series when he stepped out of his apartment in Crown Heights some years ago into his first block party, something he’d never seen before. In 2015, Zaca published images from the series in his book Block Party: NYC Soul of the Summer, but the photographs on view at happylucky no. 1 were not included in the book and have not been previously shown. 

www.andersonzaca.com