Living at the time I designed this in a primarily Orthodox Jewish
neighborhood near Yeshiva University on the upper-upper West Side in
NYC, Joshua Halberstam’s novel of a young Hasidic Jew’s initiation into
the world of the gentile resonated with me in my daily observations of
people rectifying tradition and encroaching modernization. NYC invades
and becomes a part of you in spite of your attempts to keep its
encroaching influence at bay, which was just the solution I was looking
for and illustrated.