One of Albert Cyprys’ favorite things about New York is the diversity he encounters nearly every day. As he skateboards to work in the mornings, he never knows who he will meet. Sometimes, it can be as brief as passing an interesting character on the street. Often, however, Albert Cyprys has the opportunity for a deeper interaction.
Albert Cyprys believes firmly in helping those around him, so he has spent a lot of time with New York’s homeless population. He has been deeply touched by the stories he hears of their lives, and the rich diversity of histories, experiences, and personalities he encounters. Albert Cyprys considers it important to keep the voice of the homeless alive and strong. He does his best to remind them that they have support and are not invisible.
Albert Cyprys also meets a huge variety of people through playing different sports and through playing music. Albert Cyprys plays soccer and tennis regularly, on top of the time he spends at skate parks with his board. He especially likes pick-up games of soccer because you never know who you’re going to meet. Albert Cyprys has met everyone from kids who have never touched a soccer ball before to businessmen who took off their suit jackets and schooled everyone else playing.
Something similar happens with music. Albert Cyprys learned that people have a tendency to open up about their lives and their stories when playing music. He considers himself lucky to have had the opportunity to meet so many people and learn about their lives.