Whether the chosen art form is dance, writing or the visual arts; the old adage is to work from a place that is familiar and personally important. For me that place is the waterfront. I am a Brooklyn native that grew up, and still leaves near the water. While growing up in Brooklyn Heights, the place now known, as D.U.M.B.O was the place I was told as a child NEVER to go down to. The place was dark, inhabited only by rats and until  fairly recently had that unmistakable sent of dampness and old rotting buildings. As early 19th century structures are resurrected and continue as the dutiful sentinel on the banks of the East River, the rapid and seemingly never ending expansion of this part of my home town remains a wonder to its’ natives.