For the past eight years, photographer Danny Goldfield has been on an ambitious mission that could probably only take place in the Big Apple. He is taking portraits of a child from every single country in the world, and who are currently living in New York City.

By reaching out to cultural organizations, religious institutions, immigrant-service providers, educators, journalists, politicians, and more, Goldfield has already photographed kids from 127 countries, and has 24 nations remaining on his list.

Goldfield was inspired by a Sikh man he met in Arizona whose brother was killed in a 9/11 hate crime, and then lost another brother to murder in 2002.

The man responded to their deaths by trying to reach out to his neighbors, and getting to know them in order to reduce the danger to his family and community.

Goldfield felt that bringing people together was a great way to make the world a safer place, and was struck with the idea for the project.

Park51 Community Center (known to critics as the “ground zero mosque”) is fundraising to exhibit NYChildren beginning on the International Day of Peace in September.

Organizers say they want to “create a physical space that reminds us to be in touch with something greater than ourselves, the unity in community and love of neighbors.”

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