Leonora Russo is 88 years old, she is called “The Queen of Williamsburg” because she lives in Williamsbug from over 60 years. Everybody knows her, and she says that if she would have to leave the neighborhood she would die, because Williamsburg is all her life.
She lives alone, her husband and her son died, she spend most of her time sitting on a bench on Bedford ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, just looking at the people walking up and down the street, and saying “hello” to everybody.
I met her in Brooklyn in 2011 while waking on Bedford ave and we became friends and we started meeting for a coffee or for dinner and spend long time chatting. Leonora is a very interesting and powerful woman, she always looks beautiful and she thinks that it is important to be elegant every time.

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