It’s an attachment that was on display more than a decade ago, when Dunham first appeared in the magazine in a special issue devoted to the remaking of New York two months after 9/11. That’s her above, holding a rabbit, as a high-school student, and here’s what she had to say about her New York spot.
The U.T.B. spot — Under the Bridge — has been passed down through generations of girls in my school. I have a friend who’s 36 who went to St. Ann’s, and she used to go to U.T.B. We go there after a school dance or a party or whatever. You walk past all these big, cavernous industrial buildings, and then there’s this natural spot you would have never expected. There are slats in the bottom of the bridge, and at night the lights from the cars going over the bridge flash through the openings like a strobe light. And the water is striped with the lights of the buildings, and the trash floating makes it feel like parts of the city are alive and moving on the water. You can’t see any stars, but the water is like a reverse sky.