For the New Yorkers, no other architectural component is more evocative than their stoops. New York stoops connect the whole neighborhood together and are where its pulse can be taken. Watching people passing by and chit-chatting with the neighbors are parts of stoop culture. A legacy of the Dutch style of architecture, stoops have remained a fixed feature of New York for over two hundred years, reflecting the ways that communities formed the city as it is today. In her documentary film to be launched in 2013, ‘The Stoop,’ Alexandra Schwimmer interviewed New Yorkers who shared their experiences of sitting on the stoop and what it meant to them. One of them said: "Stoop culture is a spontaneous thing. It is woven in and out of movement around your home and through your life."