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The lady who watched me growing up. No wonder I love greens 💚 #drinkyourgreens #statueofliberty #thecolorofnewyork
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On the Boardwalk
Every New Year's Day, members of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club - as well as those of other nearby chapters, and the New Year's revelers who come to see the spectacle - gather on the chilly Boardwalk in front of Stillwell Avenue to watch the brave (and a little 'touched'?) take a brief plunge in the Atlantic Ocean to welcome the New Year.

The event brings out all manner of New York eccentrics. This homeless man, shirtless in 40F weather, was dancing to the event's music, having a great time, oblivious to everyone until I got under him with my camera.

A high five ensued.

#homeless #crazy #dancing #individual #coneyisland #boardwalk #brooklyn #newyear #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #happy #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork #streetphotography #polarbearplunge
On the Boardwalk Every New Year's Day, members of the Coney Island Polar Bear Club - as well as those of other nearby chapters, and the New Year's revelers who come to see the spectacle - gather on the chilly Boardwalk in front of Stillwell Avenue to watch the brave (and a little 'touched'?) take a brief plunge in the Atlantic Ocean to welcome the New Year. The event brings out all manner of New York eccentrics. This homeless man, shirtless in 40F weather, was dancing to the event's music, having a great time, oblivious to everyone until I got under him with my camera. A high five ensued. #homeless  #crazy  #dancing  #individual  #coneyisland  #boardwalk  #brooklyn  #newyear  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #nyc  #happy  #blackandwhite  #thecolorofnewyork  #streetphotography  #polarbearplunge 
Harlem today isn't Harlem of yesteryear. Still, some things are sadly universal: #hunger #mentalillness #alcoholism and of course #homelessness. This man stood, frozen, folded over in mid-reach into his bag of booze, half-asleep or passed out. Soul-crushing. 
#homeless #alcoholic #broken #hungry #alone #sadness #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #manhattan #harlem #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #thecolorofnewyork
'Zaaaaaah,' she said, in thickly accented chinese, when I asked her how to pronounce her name. 'C. Z. A. R. Zaaaaaaah.' 'Are you a fan of kabuki,' I asked her. 'What's that?' While I explained the concept behind the Japanese dance-drama, she simply said, 'I'm naturally very, very pale.' 'But that's make-up, no?' She looked at me strangely. I let it drop.
As I thanked her and walked away, she resumed the conversation she was having with the air (or something I couldn't see, anyhow) when I found her sitting in the Food Hall at Manhattan's Grand Central.

#homeless #mentallyill #mentalillness #costume #makeup #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #grandcentral #grandcentralstation #sadness #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork #facepaint
'Zaaaaaah,' she said, in thickly accented chinese, when I asked her how to pronounce her name. 'C. Z. A. R. Zaaaaaaah.' 'Are you a fan of kabuki,' I asked her. 'What's that?' While I explained the concept behind the Japanese dance-drama, she simply said, 'I'm naturally very, very pale.' 'But that's make-up, no?' She looked at me strangely. I let it drop. As I thanked her and walked away, she resumed the conversation she was having with the air (or something I couldn't see, anyhow) when I found her sitting in the Food Hall at Manhattan's Grand Central. #homeless  #mentallyill  #mentalillness  #costume  #makeup  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #manhattan  #grandcentral  #grandcentralstation  #sadness  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #thecolorofnewyork  #facepaint 
Grand Central Station is the world's largest - at 76 acres - and the nation's busiest, seeing over 750,000 commuters daily. It is also a public space, and warm, which is why it is also home to a consistent population of homeless New Yorkers. Grand Central Station is the world's largest - at 76 acres - and the nation's busiest, seeing over 700,000 commuters daily. It is also a public space, and warm, which is why it is also home to a consistent population of homeless New Yorkers. This one found a quiet corner near the lower Western stairwell to doze off, while behind him, New York pulses. I see him often, always on one of the two stairs flanking GCT's main hall. After 22 years in the city, the contrasts still never cease to amaze me. #homeless #socks #sleeping #grandcentral #grandcentralstation #sadness #manhattan #newyorkcity #newyork #alone #contrast #contrasts #trainstation #heartbreak one found a quiet corner near the lower Western stairwell to doze off, while behind him, New York pulses. After 22 years in the city, the contrasts still never cease to amaze me. #homeless #socks #sleeping #grandcentral #grandcentralstation #sadness #manhattan #newyorkcity #newyork #alone #contrast #contrasts #trainstation #heartbreak #thecolorofnewyork #lenscultureportraits
Grand Central Station is the world's largest - at 76 acres - and the nation's busiest, seeing over 750,000 commuters daily. It is also a public space, and warm, which is why it is also home to a consistent population of homeless New Yorkers. Grand Central Station is the world's largest - at 76 acres - and the nation's busiest, seeing over 700,000 commuters daily. It is also a public space, and warm, which is why it is also home to a consistent population of homeless New Yorkers. This one found a quiet corner near the lower Western stairwell to doze off, while behind him, New York pulses. I see him often, always on one of the two stairs flanking GCT's main hall. After 22 years in the city, the contrasts still never cease to amaze me. #homeless  #socks  #sleeping  #grandcentral  #grandcentralstation  #sadness  #manhattan  #newyorkcity  #newyork  #alone  #contrast  #contrasts  #trainstation  #heartbreak  one found a quiet corner near the lower Western stairwell to doze off, while behind him, New York pulses. After 22 years in the city, the contrasts still never cease to amaze me. #homeless  #socks  #sleeping  #grandcentral  #grandcentralstation  #sadness  #manhattan  #newyorkcity  #newyork  #alone  #contrast  #contrasts  #trainstation  #heartbreak  #thecolorofnewyork  #lenscultureportraits 
I sat on the B train for an hour en route to Brighton Beach to photograph the Russian-language enclave. As I got up to exit at the B's last stop, I turned around on the now-empty train to see this heart-breaking scene: a woman doubled over, clutching half of her belongings in one hand, resting her head on the other half, eyes half-shut, while STANDING. It was an irreconcilable juxtaposition of commuting, sleeping, watchfulness, #homelessness and hurt that I still can't get out of my head, months later. #homeless #broken #subway #brooklyn #newyorkcity #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork #train #mta #heartbreak #heartbroken #struggle #poverty #lenscultureportraits
I sat on the B train for an hour en route to Brighton Beach to photograph the Russian-language enclave. As I got up to exit at the B's last stop, I turned around on the now-empty train to see this heart-breaking scene: a woman doubled over, clutching half of her belongings in one hand, resting her head on the other half, eyes half-shut, while STANDING. It was an irreconcilable juxtaposition of commuting, sleeping, watchfulness, #homelessness  and hurt that I still can't get out of my head, months later. #homeless  #broken  #subway  #brooklyn  #newyorkcity  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #thecolorofnewyork  #train  #mta  #heartbreak  #heartbroken  #struggle  #poverty  #lenscultureportraits 
Not a costume...
Under the veil of last #halloween costume disguises, with every manner of avatar descending into the subway system at #unionsquare post-#parade no one - no one - noticed this man, huddled against a sign post, almost immobile. At first, I saw the shoes and reasoned it had to be a costume. But unlike the holiday revelers, this #homeless man doesn't get to remove the outfit tomorrow. His diabetic legs haven't long to last. The laceless shoes barely connected to his feet even less so. This is the definition of sadness.  #manhattan #oblivious #invisible #newyorkcity #streetphotography #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork #nyc #newyork #ny #heartbreak #human
Not a costume... Under the veil of last #halloween  costume disguises, with every manner of avatar descending into the subway system at #unionsquare  post-#parade  no one - no one - noticed this man, huddled against a sign post, almost immobile. At first, I saw the shoes and reasoned it had to be a costume. But unlike the holiday revelers, this #homeless  man doesn't get to remove the outfit tomorrow. His diabetic legs haven't long to last. The laceless shoes barely connected to his feet even less so. This is the definition of sadness. #manhattan  #oblivious  #invisible  #newyorkcity  #streetphotography  #blackandwhite  #thecolorofnewyork  #nyc  #newyork  #ny  #heartbreak  #human 
조금씩 풀어놓아야 오래 기억할 수 있을 것 같아서 지금 뉴욕인양 한장씩 한장씩 풀어야지~ 했는데 내 사진 어디간거니 ㅠ 아이폰 업데이트 뭥미!!! 또가면되지 머.. 토닥토닥 Near#eileenscheesecakes #sohonyc #thecolorofnewyork
조금씩 풀어놓아야 오래 기억할 수 있을 것 같아서 지금 뉴욕인양 한장씩 한장씩 풀어야지~ 했는데 내 사진 어디간거니 ㅠ 아이폰 업데이트 뭥미!!! 또가면되지 머.. 토닥토닥 Near#eileenscheesecakes  #sohonyc  #thecolorofnewyork 
Santiago Calatrava's $4 billion PATH station at the new World Trade Center in lower Manhattan Came in at only $2 billion over budget, $500 million of which was due to the Spanish master's intransigence over a couple of columns in subterranean areas that he fought hard to remove. Still, as much New York blood as has boiled over the price tag, the net effect of the main hall that Mr. Calatrava has created is justifiably one of the great rooms in New York City. 
#calatrava #architecture #architecturelovers #architectureporn #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #manhattan #worldtradecenter #religion #blackandwhite #blackandwhitephotography #thecolorofnewyork #transportation
Santiago Calatrava's $4 billion PATH station at the new World Trade Center in lower Manhattan Came in at only $2 billion over budget, $500 million of which was due to the Spanish master's intransigence over a couple of columns in subterranean areas that he fought hard to remove. Still, as much New York blood as has boiled over the price tag, the net effect of the main hall that Mr. Calatrava has created is justifiably one of the great rooms in New York City. #calatrava  #architecture  #architecturelovers  #architectureporn  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #nyc  #manhattan  #worldtradecenter  #religion  #blackandwhite  #blackandwhitephotography  #thecolorofnewyork  #transportation 
Matt and Jenny
A born-and-raised Brooklynite, Matt Levy and his wife of one year, Jenny, met at a New Year's party in Bushwick four years ago. To celebrate the occasion, they come to the Coney Island Boardwalk every January 1st and take the plunge together as part of the Polar Bear Club New Year's swim.

Caught in mid-kiss, the couple was kind enough to explain their backstory afterwards... #kiss #love #marriage #newlywed #brooklyn #coneyisland #polarbear #swim #newyear #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork
Matt and Jenny A born-and-raised Brooklynite, Matt Levy and his wife of one year, Jenny, met at a New Year's party in Bushwick four years ago. To celebrate the occasion, they come to the Coney Island Boardwalk every January 1st and take the plunge together as part of the Polar Bear Club New Year's swim. Caught in mid-kiss, the couple was kind enough to explain their backstory afterwards... #kiss  #love  #marriage  #newlywed  #brooklyn  #coneyisland  #polarbear  #swim  #newyear  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #nyc  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #thecolorofnewyork 
The taxi prophet
Ralph Kabab came to New York from Israel 21 years ago, in October 1994, following a loss of faith in political progress at home. An enlightened Palestinian teacher of Arabic and Hebrew, he has met - and taught - some of the region's power brokers, including Mahmoud Abbas, Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Tsipi Livni and Benjamin Netanyahu - the last of which had an odd request: "How do you say, I need a cigarette," Ralph laughed as he recounted the first thing Bibi asked of him.

A vocal defender of all people, who sees Arab and Jew as historic and rightful brothers and cannot fathom detractors or obstructionists on either side, Ralph spoke from an informed position about who truly wanted peace, who didn't and who - to his utter perplexity - stood in the way of 'a good deal'. With great love for Carter, Sadat and Rabin after them, he hopes one day for the struggles to end. "Who calls himself a true muslim knows that Allah tells you not to even hurt a cat, let alone a person. This is clear. Who kills people are not true muslims. This is impossible. It is to love others like your brother." If all men were like Ralph, as I told him while he posed with my family once he had dropped us off, we would have no war.

#taxi #taxiwisdom #wisdom #kindness #warmth #enlightenment #palestinian #immigrant #teacher #brooklyn #coneyisland #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #peace #thecolorofnewyork #blackandwhite #streetphotography #prophet #muslim #israeli
The taxi prophet Ralph Kabab came to New York from Israel 21 years ago, in October 1994, following a loss of faith in political progress at home. An enlightened Palestinian teacher of Arabic and Hebrew, he has met - and taught - some of the region's power brokers, including Mahmoud Abbas, Yasser Arafat, Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Tsipi Livni and Benjamin Netanyahu - the last of which had an odd request: "How do you say, I need a cigarette," Ralph laughed as he recounted the first thing Bibi asked of him. A vocal defender of all people, who sees Arab and Jew as historic and rightful brothers and cannot fathom detractors or obstructionists on either side, Ralph spoke from an informed position about who truly wanted peace, who didn't and who - to his utter perplexity - stood in the way of 'a good deal'. With great love for Carter, Sadat and Rabin after them, he hopes one day for the struggles to end. "Who calls himself a true muslim knows that Allah tells you not to even hurt a cat, let alone a person. This is clear. Who kills people are not true muslims. This is impossible. It is to love others like your brother." If all men were like Ralph, as I told him while he posed with my family once he had dropped us off, we would have no war. #taxi  #taxiwisdom  #wisdom  #kindness  #warmth  #enlightenment  #palestinian  #immigrant  #teacher  #brooklyn  #coneyisland  #nyc  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #peace  #thecolorofnewyork  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #prophet  #muslim  #israeli 
The annual New Year's Day Coney Island Polar Bear Club plunge in the Atlantic Ocean dates back to 1903, when the club was founded by health advocate Bernarr McFadden. Today, an estimated 2,000 swimmers came to partake in the ritual. With 48F water, the swimmers were in and out quickly, to avoid hypothermia. Led by the official Polar Bear and its marching band, the air was electric and the vibe nothing short of familial. To 2016!

#swim #swimming #polarbear #club #ritual #newyear #coneyisland #brooklyn #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #revelry #freezing #plunge #crazy #streetphotography #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork
The annual New Year's Day Coney Island Polar Bear Club plunge in the Atlantic Ocean dates back to 1903, when the club was founded by health advocate Bernarr McFadden. Today, an estimated 2,000 swimmers came to partake in the ritual. With 48F water, the swimmers were in and out quickly, to avoid hypothermia. Led by the official Polar Bear and its marching band, the air was electric and the vibe nothing short of familial. To 2016! #swim  #swimming  #polarbear  #club  #ritual  #newyear  #coneyisland  #brooklyn  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #nyc  #revelry  #freezing  #plunge  #crazy  #streetphotography  #blackandwhite  #thecolorofnewyork 
The annual New Year's Day Coney Island Polar Bear Club plunge in the Atlantic Ocean dates back to 1903, when the club was founded by health advocate Bernarr McFadden. Today, an estimated 2,000 swimmers came to partake in the ritual. With 48F water, the swimmers were in and out quickly, to avoid hypothermia. Still, with a new year and a crazy ritual, the air was electric and the vibe nothing short of familial. To 2016!

#swim #swimming #polarbear #club #ritual #newyear #coneyisland #brooklyn #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #revelry #freezing #plunge #crazy #streetphotography #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork
The annual New Year's Day Coney Island Polar Bear Club plunge in the Atlantic Ocean dates back to 1903, when the club was founded by health advocate Bernarr McFadden. Today, an estimated 2,000 swimmers came to partake in the ritual. With 48F water, the swimmers were in and out quickly, to avoid hypothermia. Still, with a new year and a crazy ritual, the air was electric and the vibe nothing short of familial. To 2016! #swim  #swimming  #polarbear  #club  #ritual  #newyear  #coneyisland  #brooklyn  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #nyc  #revelry  #freezing  #plunge  #crazy  #streetphotography  #blackandwhite  #thecolorofnewyork 
The annual New Year's Day Coney Island Polar Bear Club plunge in the Atlantic Ocean dates back to 1903, when the club was founded by health advocate Bernarr McFadden. Today, an estimated 2,000 swimmers came to partake in the ritual. With 48F water, the swimmers were in and out quickly, to avoid hypothermia. Still, with a new year and a crazy ritual, the air was electric and the vibe nothing short of familial. To 2016!

#swim #swimming #polarbear #club #ritual #newyear #coneyisland #brooklyn #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #revelry #freezing #plunge #crazy #streetphotography #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork #lenscultureportraits
The annual New Year's Day Coney Island Polar Bear Club plunge in the Atlantic Ocean dates back to 1903, when the club was founded by health advocate Bernarr McFadden. Today, an estimated 2,000 swimmers came to partake in the ritual. With 48F water, the swimmers were in and out quickly, to avoid hypothermia. Still, with a new year and a crazy ritual, the air was electric and the vibe nothing short of familial. To 2016! #swim  #swimming  #polarbear  #club  #ritual  #newyear  #coneyisland  #brooklyn  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #nyc  #revelry  #freezing  #plunge  #crazy  #streetphotography  #blackandwhite  #thecolorofnewyork  #lenscultureportraits 
The annual New Year's Day Coney Island Polar Bear Club plunge in the Atlantic Ocean dates back to 1903, when the club was founded by health advocate Bernarr McFadden. Today, an estimated 2,000 swimmers came to partake in the ritual. With 48F water, the swimmers were in and out quickly, to avoid hypothermia. Still, with a new year and a crazy ritual, the air was electric and the vibe nothing short of familial. To 2016!

#swim #swimming #polarbear #club #ritual #newyear #coneyisland #brooklyn #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #revelry #freezing #plunge #crazy #streetphotography #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork
The annual New Year's Day Coney Island Polar Bear Club plunge in the Atlantic Ocean dates back to 1903, when the club was founded by health advocate Bernarr McFadden. Today, an estimated 2,000 swimmers came to partake in the ritual. With 48F water, the swimmers were in and out quickly, to avoid hypothermia. Still, with a new year and a crazy ritual, the air was electric and the vibe nothing short of familial. To 2016! #swim  #swimming  #polarbear  #club  #ritual  #newyear  #coneyisland  #brooklyn  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #nyc  #revelry  #freezing  #plunge  #crazy  #streetphotography  #blackandwhite  #thecolorofnewyork 
On Christmas Eve, a tough post:

Across the world, the act of removing one's shoes, either upon entering one's home or certainly one's bed, is a common human ritual. The universal assumption is that one keeps external pollution outside of one's sanctuary.

On the streets of New York, beyond the warmth of home, I see a familiar scene, over and over: the homeless, at night, sleeping without shoes, whatever the weather and in spite of the fact that the ground on which they sleep is trampled, continually, by others' shoes.

It is the lack of footwear, or the attempt at preserving one's only pair? Or is it the hard-wired / learned ritual of removing one's shoes before bed? Whatever the rationale, the sight of a fellow human being, shoeless and lying on a sidewalk on a cold, rainy December evening in New York City is incredibly sad; and is one that, with adequate community empathy, is a largely avoidable.

#homeless #homelessness #streetphotography #street #sidewalk #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork #manhattan #noshoes #socks #bare #barefeet #sadness #christmas #xmas #empathy #care
On Christmas Eve, a tough post: Across the world, the act of removing one's shoes, either upon entering one's home or certainly one's bed, is a common human ritual. The universal assumption is that one keeps external pollution outside of one's sanctuary. On the streets of New York, beyond the warmth of home, I see a familiar scene, over and over: the homeless, at night, sleeping without shoes, whatever the weather and in spite of the fact that the ground on which they sleep is trampled, continually, by others' shoes. It is the lack of footwear, or the attempt at preserving one's only pair? Or is it the hard-wired / learned ritual of removing one's shoes before bed? Whatever the rationale, the sight of a fellow human being, shoeless and lying on a sidewalk on a cold, rainy December evening in New York City is incredibly sad; and is one that, with adequate community empathy, is a largely avoidable. #homeless  #homelessness  #streetphotography  #street  #sidewalk  #nyc  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #blackandwhite  #thecolorofnewyork  #manhattan  #noshoes  #socks  #bare  #barefeet  #sadness  #christmas  #xmas  #empathy  #care 
Everything in her world

There are over 60,000 homeless people who sleep in shelters every night in New York City. That number does not include countless others who forego shelter to forge their own path, creating makeshift shelters throughout the city's five boroughs.

This woman stood at the edge of Manhattan, under FDR Drive, surrounded by everything in her world, including her breakfast, visible at bottom center, and flowers (!) - as emphatic a symbol of life and home as exists - simply staring at the water and the early morning sun, reflecting from across the East River on the Brooklyn side.

I cannot imagine what was going through her mind.

#homeless #homelessness #heartbreaking #home #broken #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #manhattan #brooklyn #eastriver #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork #bridge #brooklynbridge #morning #morningsun #penniless #newyork_ig
Everything in her world There are over 60,000 homeless people who sleep in shelters every night in New York City. That number does not include countless others who forego shelter to forge their own path, creating makeshift shelters throughout the city's five boroughs. This woman stood at the edge of Manhattan, under FDR Drive, surrounded by everything in her world, including her breakfast, visible at bottom center, and flowers (!) - as emphatic a symbol of life and home as exists - simply staring at the water and the early morning sun, reflecting from across the East River on the Brooklyn side. I cannot imagine what was going through her mind. #homeless  #homelessness  #heartbreaking  #home  #broken  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #nyc  #manhattan  #brooklyn  #eastriver  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #thecolorofnewyork  #bridge  #brooklynbridge  #morning  #morningsun  #penniless  #newyork_ig 
This is an all-too-familiar sight during a NYC winter, as warm as it's been. Especially in the throes of the holiday season, as I prepare for a party this evening at the home of someone whose net worth - were he to distribute it evenly among the 60,000 New Yorkers who sleep in shelters nightly, would make each of them a 1%'er, easily, it's important to remember how many people are denied the singular pleasure of a soft bed, in private. 
A little kindness goes a long way. 
#homeless #sleeping #underground #subway #mta #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork #heartbreaking #hungry #forgotten #dignity #nodignity
This is an all-too-familiar sight during a NYC winter, as warm as it's been. Especially in the throes of the holiday season, as I prepare for a party this evening at the home of someone whose net worth - were he to distribute it evenly among the 60,000 New Yorkers who sleep in shelters nightly, would make each of them a 1%'er, easily, it's important to remember how many people are denied the singular pleasure of a soft bed, in private. A little kindness goes a long way. #homeless  #sleeping  #underground  #subway  #mta  #nyc  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #thecolorofnewyork  #heartbreaking  #hungry  #forgotten  #dignity  #nodignity 
"It's not my real name," he said when I exclaimed, 'Christos!' following his declaration that he was from Greece, and that was "known to everyone in Union Square" as Master Christopher. "Just mention my name," he added, obviously quite proud. "What's your real name," I asked. "It's something else, but as soon as I pronounce it everyone just wants to talk to me about my accent and Greece instead of my game." That game is called 'Give and Take', and it's something M.C. invented "as a child, which was a long time ago, you can see," he said from behind a patchwork of fixed and sliding panels that enclosed Williamsburg his wood shop, where he builds both chess and 'give and take' sets. "The pieces look like the Freedom Tower, but I invented it long before they did," he assured me while he picked up one of the pieces and rotated it. "Simple, elegant." "It's a mix between chess and checkers. If you beat me, I'll give you $100." I said, "But you invented the game. How can I win if I don't even know how to play and you've been playing all your life?" His response: "It's 100 bucks!" #chess #chessmaster #games #greek #immigrant #alias #nyc #newyorkcity #newyork #brooklyn #williamsburg #inventor #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork #scam
"It's not my real name," he said when I exclaimed, 'Christos!' following his declaration that he was from Greece, and that was "known to everyone in Union Square" as Master Christopher. "Just mention my name," he added, obviously quite proud. "What's your real name," I asked. "It's something else, but as soon as I pronounce it everyone just wants to talk to me about my accent and Greece instead of my game." That game is called 'Give and Take', and it's something M.C. invented "as a child, which was a long time ago, you can see," he said from behind a patchwork of fixed and sliding panels that enclosed Williamsburg his wood shop, where he builds both chess and 'give and take' sets. "The pieces look like the Freedom Tower, but I invented it long before they did," he assured me while he picked up one of the pieces and rotated it. "Simple, elegant." "It's a mix between chess and checkers. If you beat me, I'll give you $100." I said, "But you invented the game. How can I win if I don't even know how to play and you've been playing all your life?" His response: "It's 100 bucks!" #chess  #chessmaster  #games  #greek  #immigrant  #alias  #nyc  #newyorkcity  #newyork  #brooklyn  #williamsburg  #inventor  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #thecolorofnewyork  #scam 
New York's Hell Gate Bridge, built in 1916 to connect Queens with Randall's Island, slices through the residential neighborhood of Astoria on its Queens-based march toward the East River, and through industrial Port Morris on its Bronx run to the North of the island. Underneath its steel spans, the bridge's myriad roadbed supports are made of unadorned, smooth concrete - so-designed by Czech engineer Gustav Lindenthal at the urging of city officials to deter would-be climbers among the asylum inmates at Wards and Randall's Island. 
A footpath nestles underneath these beautiful arches for much of its mile-long run through Randall's Island, accommodating an ever-fit NYC population that makes daily use of the island's 432 acres of parkland, in what must surely be the city's most uplifting running path.

#bridge #engineering #structure #structuralengineering #architecture #arch #arches #running #scale #perspective #thecolorofnewyork #streetphotography #blackandwhite #randallsisland #hellgate #hellgatebridge #runner #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc
New York's Hell Gate Bridge, built in 1916 to connect Queens with Randall's Island, slices through the residential neighborhood of Astoria on its Queens-based march toward the East River, and through industrial Port Morris on its Bronx run to the North of the island. Underneath its steel spans, the bridge's myriad roadbed supports are made of unadorned, smooth concrete - so-designed by Czech engineer Gustav Lindenthal at the urging of city officials to deter would-be climbers among the asylum inmates at Wards and Randall's Island. A footpath nestles underneath these beautiful arches for much of its mile-long run through Randall's Island, accommodating an ever-fit NYC population that makes daily use of the island's 432 acres of parkland, in what must surely be the city's most uplifting running path. #bridge  #engineering  #structure  #structuralengineering  #architecture  #arch  #arches  #running  #scale  #perspective  #thecolorofnewyork  #streetphotography  #blackandwhite  #randallsisland  #hellgate  #hellgatebridge  #runner  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #nyc 
On a dead-end corner of Port Morris, in the South Bronx, up against the Bruckner Expressway, I came across this boy, sitting alone in the back of an empty semi, listening to music. "Youssef," he said with what I took to be a strong African accent, when I asked his name. Where are you from, I asked. "Mali." I told him it was a beautiful country - but not very safe, with Boko Haram, and all... "No," was his third one word reply in a row. "Are you Dogon," I asked? "Bambara? Songhay?" "I don't know. I've never been." It turns out, Youssef is from the Bronx, born and raised... #bronx #southbronx #portmorris #newyork #newyorkcity #nyc #african #mali #malian #boy #smiling #truck #chillin #afroamerican #africanamerican #black #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork
On a dead-end corner of Port Morris, in the South Bronx, up against the Bruckner Expressway, I came across this boy, sitting alone in the back of an empty semi, listening to music. "Youssef," he said with what I took to be a strong African accent, when I asked his name. Where are you from, I asked. "Mali." I told him it was a beautiful country - but not very safe, with Boko Haram, and all... "No," was his third one word reply in a row. "Are you Dogon," I asked? "Bambara? Songhay?" "I don't know. I've never been." It turns out, Youssef is from the Bronx, born and raised... #bronx  #southbronx  #portmorris  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #nyc  #african  #mali  #malian  #boy  #smiling  #truck  #chillin  #afroamerican  #africanamerican  #black  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #thecolorofnewyork 
It could easily have been Sana'a. Yemen's capital city is full of men like him. 'Yemen,' he exclaimed - twice - when I found him walking slowly down Conover Street in Brooklyn's Red Hook, and stopped him. I told him I thought he was beautiful. His answer: 'Yemen'. Once I finished shooting several close-up portraits, he ambled slowly away into the winter sun. His posture captured him perfectly.

#yemeni #arab #muslim #tradition #redhook #brooklyn #newyork #newyorkcity #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork #blackandwhite #elderly #immigrant #lenscultureportraits
It could easily have been Sana'a. Yemen's capital city is full of men like him. 'Yemen,' he exclaimed - twice - when I found him walking slowly down Conover Street in Brooklyn's Red Hook, and stopped him. I told him I thought he was beautiful. His answer: 'Yemen'. Once I finished shooting several close-up portraits, he ambled slowly away into the winter sun. His posture captured him perfectly. #yemeni  #arab  #muslim  #tradition  #redhook  #brooklyn  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #streetphotography  #thecolorofnewyork  #blackandwhite  #elderly  #immigrant  #lenscultureportraits 
It could easily have been Sana'a. Yemen's capital city is full of men like him. 'Yemen,' he exclaimed - twice - when I found him walking slowly down Conover Street in Brooklyn's Red Hook, and stopped him. I told him I thought he was beautiful. His answer: 'Yemen'. Once I finished shooting several close-up portraits, he ambled slowly away into the winter sun, captured here. His posture captured him perfectly. 
#redhook #brooklyn #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork #yemeni #yemen #tradition #muslim #elderly #walking
It could easily have been Sana'a. Yemen's capital city is full of men like him. 'Yemen,' he exclaimed - twice - when I found him walking slowly down Conover Street in Brooklyn's Red Hook, and stopped him. I told him I thought he was beautiful. His answer: 'Yemen'. Once I finished shooting several close-up portraits, he ambled slowly away into the winter sun, captured here. His posture captured him perfectly. #redhook  #brooklyn  #nyc  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #thecolorofnewyork  #yemeni  #yemen  #tradition  #muslim  #elderly  #walking 
Fiorello LaGuardia was the mayor of New York City between 1934 and 1945. At 5'-2", 'Little Flower' as he was nicknamed, is considered one of the three greatest mayors in American history. A Republican, he crossed party lines to champion President Roosevelt's New Deal, unified the transit system, built copious amounts of low cost public housing, playgrounds and parks, constructed airports, re-organized the police force, and restored public faith in City Hall. He is credited with cleaning out corruption in government. All this while presiding over the Great Depression and World War II. 
In the mid 90s I lived two blocks from his sculpture, on Sullivan Street. I still remember seeing one of his oversized paws holding a ham and cheese sandwich that a prankster had left there one day. 20 years later, as I exited the Citibank behind the sculpture, I found this scene instead of my daughter - a prankster in her own right. 
#laguardia #fiorellolaguardia #mayor #sculpture #nyc #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #village #greenwichvillage #humor #juxtaposition #blackandwhite #streetphotography #prankster #joker #daughter #thecolorofnewyork
Fiorello LaGuardia was the mayor of New York City between 1934 and 1945. At 5'-2", 'Little Flower' as he was nicknamed, is considered one of the three greatest mayors in American history. A Republican, he crossed party lines to champion President Roosevelt's New Deal, unified the transit system, built copious amounts of low cost public housing, playgrounds and parks, constructed airports, re-organized the police force, and restored public faith in City Hall. He is credited with cleaning out corruption in government. All this while presiding over the Great Depression and World War II. In the mid 90s I lived two blocks from his sculpture, on Sullivan Street. I still remember seeing one of his oversized paws holding a ham and cheese sandwich that a prankster had left there one day. 20 years later, as I exited the Citibank behind the sculpture, I found this scene instead of my daughter - a prankster in her own right. #laguardia  #fiorellolaguardia  #mayor  #sculpture  #nyc  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #manhattan  #village  #greenwichvillage  #humor  #juxtaposition  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #prankster  #joker  #daughter  #thecolorofnewyork 
I stumbled across Caranda while ducking the sensory overload of the nearby Chuck E. Cheese, in Harlem, where my daughter was attending a birthday party. The Serengeti Teas and Spices storefront - its cast-iron door full of cut-outs resembling giraffes' spots, caught my eye. I was 5 minutes ahead of opening time, and saw people buzzing inside. As I stared at the door, ponding my next move, the owner, Caranda, came out, explained their delivery was late, but 'please come inside to wait; it's cold out'. I spent the next 15 minutes watching his quiet choreography of the gathered staff: oil the wood paneling; clean the counters; turn the beautiful tea jars 'just so'; discussing the content of the freshly brewed elixirs (these are NOT simply teas - they are recipes, and they are phenomenal); etc... Caranda has been written about much online, and in the 5 minutes we chatted before he took off to scout a second location - one owned by a Turkish friend who has given up on his restaurant business ('stuck in 70's decor', Caranda quipped, good-naturedly) - he told me of his native Liberia, his family's bulk tea/spice business, his grandmother's bequest of the business, and his father's subsequent admonishment about Caranda's focus on America and direct production and sale ('Why do you care? Just sell it to them and let them figure out what to do with it!'). Back story aside, I had the distinct impression that this uber-charismatic man was just getting started. "They will all be individual experiences. The next one will be like sitting in a Safari tent..." Indeed, Caranda, and I will be there.

#entrepreneur #businessman #harlem #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #smallbusiness #tea #teas #spices #business #liberian #liberia #charisma #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork
I stumbled across Caranda while ducking the sensory overload of the nearby Chuck E. Cheese, in Harlem, where my daughter was attending a birthday party. The Serengeti Teas and Spices storefront - its cast-iron door full of cut-outs resembling giraffes' spots, caught my eye. I was 5 minutes ahead of opening time, and saw people buzzing inside. As I stared at the door, ponding my next move, the owner, Caranda, came out, explained their delivery was late, but 'please come inside to wait; it's cold out'. I spent the next 15 minutes watching his quiet choreography of the gathered staff: oil the wood paneling; clean the counters; turn the beautiful tea jars 'just so'; discussing the content of the freshly brewed elixirs (these are NOT simply teas - they are recipes, and they are phenomenal); etc... Caranda has been written about much online, and in the 5 minutes we chatted before he took off to scout a second location - one owned by a Turkish friend who has given up on his restaurant business ('stuck in 70's decor', Caranda quipped, good-naturedly) - he told me of his native Liberia, his family's bulk tea/spice business, his grandmother's bequest of the business, and his father's subsequent admonishment about Caranda's focus on America and direct production and sale ('Why do you care? Just sell it to them and let them figure out what to do with it!'). Back story aside, I had the distinct impression that this uber-charismatic man was just getting started. "They will all be individual experiences. The next one will be like sitting in a Safari tent..." Indeed, Caranda, and I will be there. #entrepreneur  #businessman  #harlem  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #manhattan  #smallbusiness  #tea  #teas  #spices  #business  #liberian  #liberia  #charisma  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #thecolorofnewyork 
Fast fast fast fast fast fast slow. 
750,000 people pass through Grand Central Terminal every single work day. Most move at a New York pace, plowing their way through the throngs on their way to, from or simply around what amounts to the largest train station in the world, as measured by the number (44) of platforms.

Every once in awhile, someone bucks the trend, as was the case with this construction worker, who took the time for a mid-morning nap in one corner of the Eastern Stair that connects the Main Concourse with the subterranean food court, while these 6 'fasties' rushed past, scarcely paying heed.

#grandcentral #grandcentralstation #trainstation #thecolorofnewyork #streetphotography #blackandwhite #trains #manhattan #newyork #newyorkcity #commuting #commute #commuters #nap #napping #contrast
Fast fast fast fast fast fast slow. 750,000 people pass through Grand Central Terminal every single work day. Most move at a New York pace, plowing their way through the throngs on their way to, from or simply around what amounts to the largest train station in the world, as measured by the number (44) of platforms. Every once in awhile, someone bucks the trend, as was the case with this construction worker, who took the time for a mid-morning nap in one corner of the Eastern Stair that connects the Main Concourse with the subterranean food court, while these 6 'fasties' rushed past, scarcely paying heed. #grandcentral  #grandcentralstation  #trainstation  #thecolorofnewyork  #streetphotography  #blackandwhite  #trains  #manhattan  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #commuting  #commute  #commuters  #nap  #napping  #contrast 
I saw Nishan walking down Kissena Blvd. in Flushing, Queens and asked if I could take his photo. 'You are a polite man. You asked, unlike the others,' he said, giving me a green light.

After indicating that he lived in the neighborhood, I further enquired if he knew of the Gurdwara (the 'gateway to the guru' - aka Sikh temple) in Richmond Hill, where I'd been just two weeks earlier, even though it was 6 miles to the south, several neighborhoods away. 'Oh, yes. Every day between 6:30 and 8pm. Will I see you there,' he asked, substantiating my belief that in immigrant NYC, it is often religious institutions that are the mortar bonding a community together. #sikh #indian #queens #flushing #newyork #newyorkcity #religion #devotee #beard #facialhair #turban #smile #immigrant #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork
I saw Nishan walking down Kissena Blvd. in Flushing, Queens and asked if I could take his photo. 'You are a polite man. You asked, unlike the others,' he said, giving me a green light. After indicating that he lived in the neighborhood, I further enquired if he knew of the Gurdwara (the 'gateway to the guru' - aka Sikh temple) in Richmond Hill, where I'd been just two weeks earlier, even though it was 6 miles to the south, several neighborhoods away. 'Oh, yes. Every day between 6:30 and 8pm. Will I see you there,' he asked, substantiating my belief that in immigrant NYC, it is often religious institutions that are the mortar bonding a community together. #sikh  #indian  #queens  #flushing  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #religion  #devotee  #beard  #facialhair  #turban  #smile  #immigrant  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #thecolorofnewyork 
This man, sporting a hunter's cap - its fur-lined ear flaps turned down under a thin, white summer sun hat - stood on the corner of Main and Roosevelt, in Flushing, Queens, just one of several people handing out leaflets to the countless passersby at this chaotic crossroads. While he smiled readily, both before and after I took his photo, he refused to lower his paper - choosing to peek through and beyond it instead. I even snuck into an AT&T store just behind him to try my luck at surprising him. (That hat!) It didn't work, but nor did it dampen our mutual enjoyment at the cat-and-mouse antics.

In some ways, that corner is more quintessentially New York than any other in the city: Queens is the world's most diverse metropolitan area, and over 48% are foreign-born, more than any other place, save Toronto, Canada. The 7 train, which stops shy of servicing the Eastern third of the borough, terminates here, which means that people of every religion, color, culture and ethnicity find their way to and from this conduit to the city's subway system.

#queens #flushing #chinatown #chinese #immigrant #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork #newyork #newyorkcity #peekaboo
This man, sporting a hunter's cap - its fur-lined ear flaps turned down under a thin, white summer sun hat - stood on the corner of Main and Roosevelt, in Flushing, Queens, just one of several people handing out leaflets to the countless passersby at this chaotic crossroads. While he smiled readily, both before and after I took his photo, he refused to lower his paper - choosing to peek through and beyond it instead. I even snuck into an AT&T store just behind him to try my luck at surprising him. (That hat!) It didn't work, but nor did it dampen our mutual enjoyment at the cat-and-mouse antics. In some ways, that corner is more quintessentially New York than any other in the city: Queens is the world's most diverse metropolitan area, and over 48% are foreign-born, more than any other place, save Toronto, Canada. The 7 train, which stops shy of servicing the Eastern third of the borough, terminates here, which means that people of every religion, color, culture and ethnicity find their way to and from this conduit to the city's subway system. #queens  #flushing  #chinatown  #chinese  #immigrant  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #thecolorofnewyork  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #peekaboo 
Xiangqi - or Chinese chess - is one pillar of Chinese community in New York - Flushing, in this case, which hosts one of the city's largest Chinatowns. Throughout the day, small crowds of locals gather to watch opponents battle it out, much as one might watch a game of pickup hoops.  I had to squeeze my camera between the 'sentinel' bodies that surrounded these players, just to get this shot outside of Maple Playground on Kissena Blvd. #chinese #games #xiangqi #chess #chinesechess #immigrants #immigrant #focus #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork #streetphotography #flushing #queens #newyork #newyorkcity #chinatown #concentration
Xiangqi - or Chinese chess - is one pillar of Chinese community in New York - Flushing, in this case, which hosts one of the city's largest Chinatowns. Throughout the day, small crowds of locals gather to watch opponents battle it out, much as one might watch a game of pickup hoops. I had to squeeze my camera between the 'sentinel' bodies that surrounded these players, just to get this shot outside of Maple Playground on Kissena Blvd. #chinese  #games  #xiangqi  #chess  #chinesechess  #immigrants  #immigrant  #focus  #blackandwhite  #thecolorofnewyork  #streetphotography  #flushing  #queens  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #chinatown  #concentration 
Ganapati Padmanabhan, or G.P., as he likes to be called, assumed his current role as head of public relations for the Hindu Temple Society of North America in 1993, at the age of 60, after retiring from the United Nations, where he had worked since moving from his native India as a middle-aged man. Now, a very young 82, he is a man with an sense of purpose.

A true gentleman - exuding an air of patience, kindness and compassion - G.P. spent an hour or so with me, sitting in the temple, the chant 'ommmmmm' playing gently in the background, like waves at the seashore - walking me through the rituals of Hinduism and, specifically, what transpires at the Flushing temple, which was consecrated in 1977. 'You should have seen when be brought the cow in, and offered it honey, yogurt, bananas, coconuts, turmeric... It was standing right there,' he said as he pointed to an empty spot on the polished granite floor. 'The elephant was fantastic, but it couldn't fit inside, so we kept it out there - before the stairs.' The ash he smears across his forehead, applied every morning, is sacred: remnants from the 9-day-long annual fire they build, pray over, and feed in September as part of the Ganesha Chaturthi. Though the whole complement of Indian deities is present at the temeple - Vishnu, Brahma, Lakshmi, Shiva... - it is Ganesh who takes center stage, literally placed at the temple's center - around whom the festival, other deities, and the temple itself, are organized.

#indian #hindu #hinduism #temple #ganesh #queens #newyork #newyorkcity #flushing #religion #devotee #kindness #smile #elderly #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork
Ganapati Padmanabhan, or G.P., as he likes to be called, assumed his current role as head of public relations for the Hindu Temple Society of North America in 1993, at the age of 60, after retiring from the United Nations, where he had worked since moving from his native India as a middle-aged man. Now, a very young 82, he is a man with an sense of purpose. A true gentleman - exuding an air of patience, kindness and compassion - G.P. spent an hour or so with me, sitting in the temple, the chant 'ommmmmm' playing gently in the background, like waves at the seashore - walking me through the rituals of Hinduism and, specifically, what transpires at the Flushing temple, which was consecrated in 1977. 'You should have seen when be brought the cow in, and offered it honey, yogurt, bananas, coconuts, turmeric... It was standing right there,' he said as he pointed to an empty spot on the polished granite floor. 'The elephant was fantastic, but it couldn't fit inside, so we kept it out there - before the stairs.' The ash he smears across his forehead, applied every morning, is sacred: remnants from the 9-day-long annual fire they build, pray over, and feed in September as part of the Ganesha Chaturthi. Though the whole complement of Indian deities is present at the temeple - Vishnu, Brahma, Lakshmi, Shiva... - it is Ganesh who takes center stage, literally placed at the temple's center - around whom the festival, other deities, and the temple itself, are organized. #indian  #hindu  #hinduism  #temple  #ganesh  #queens  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #flushing  #religion  #devotee  #kindness  #smile  #elderly  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #thecolorofnewyork 
Roomful of Jesus
In the basement of the merged, 1874 St Anthony / St Alphonsus church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, there is a small, cramped corner room shrouded in swirling green linoleum tiles, stamped wood-patterned plastic wall paneling and an acoustic Fiberglas tile ceiling. Lit by a lone, flickering 2x4 drop-in fluorescent fixture, the rooms contains a wonderfully eclectic (and somewhat redundant) complement of Jesuses, Marys and various early Christian acolytes, holding goats, babies and crosses - a gathering of statues that, I've no doubt, see some interesting things when there's no one else watching and the lights go down.  #jesus #statue #religion #fervor #faith #blindfaith #catholicism #church #mary #catholic #greenpoint #brooklyn #polish #surprise #basement #apostles #stalphonsus #greenpoint #brooklyn #thecolorofnewyork #blackandwhite #streetphotography
Roomful of Jesus In the basement of the merged, 1874 St Anthony / St Alphonsus church in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, there is a small, cramped corner room shrouded in swirling green linoleum tiles, stamped wood-patterned plastic wall paneling and an acoustic Fiberglas tile ceiling. Lit by a lone, flickering 2x4 drop-in fluorescent fixture, the rooms contains a wonderfully eclectic (and somewhat redundant) complement of Jesuses, Marys and various early Christian acolytes, holding goats, babies and crosses - a gathering of statues that, I've no doubt, see some interesting things when there's no one else watching and the lights go down. #jesus  #statue  #religion  #fervor  #faith  #blindfaith  #catholicism  #church  #mary  #catholic  #greenpoint  #brooklyn  #polish  #surprise  #basement  #apostles  #stalphonsus  #greenpoint  #brooklyn  #thecolorofnewyork  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography 
I found Donna Lewis at the WTC memorial in lower Manhattan, rubbing a fuchsia crayon over a large, soaked sheet of paper to capture an impression of Richard Edward Bosco's name which, like two thousand, six-hundred and five others, is laser-etched into one of two collars of steel that surrounds the former footprint of the Twin Towers. Both she and Richard - and three other 9/11 victims - share an alma mater at SUNY Geneseo, in upstate New York, about 40 miles south of Rochester, where Donna now lives.

Originally from Staten Island, Donna is an eighth generation New Yorker dating to an ancestor from Northern Ireland's Derry, in Ulster, and to several other multi-generational immigrant ancestors from Germany and England.

Richard E. Bosco was from Suffern, NY and worked for Citibank. He didn't work at the WTC. Instead, his job was to cultivate new clients. His first business of the day on 9/11 was a visit to Cantor Fitzgerald, which from its 101-105 floor HQ in 1 WTC lost 2/3 of its workforce - more than any other WTC tenant, the NYPD or the FDNY.

#worldtradecenter #cantorfitzgerald #victim #911 #nineeleven #memorial #reflectingabsence #suny #sunygeneseo #geneseo #alumni #alumna #manhattan #lowermanhattan #newyork #newyorkcity #richardbosco #richardedwardbosco #streetphotography #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork
I found Donna Lewis at the WTC memorial in lower Manhattan, rubbing a fuchsia crayon over a large, soaked sheet of paper to capture an impression of Richard Edward Bosco's name which, like two thousand, six-hundred and five others, is laser-etched into one of two collars of steel that surrounds the former footprint of the Twin Towers. Both she and Richard - and three other 9/11 victims - share an alma mater at SUNY Geneseo, in upstate New York, about 40 miles south of Rochester, where Donna now lives. Originally from Staten Island, Donna is an eighth generation New Yorker dating to an ancestor from Northern Ireland's Derry, in Ulster, and to several other multi-generational immigrant ancestors from Germany and England. Richard E. Bosco was from Suffern, NY and worked for Citibank. He didn't work at the WTC. Instead, his job was to cultivate new clients. His first business of the day on 9/11 was a visit to Cantor Fitzgerald, which from its 101-105 floor HQ in 1 WTC lost 2/3 of its workforce - more than any other WTC tenant, the NYPD or the FDNY. #worldtradecenter  #cantorfitzgerald  #victim  #911  #nineeleven  #memorial  #reflectingabsence  #suny  #sunygeneseo  #geneseo  #alumni  #alumna  #manhattan  #lowermanhattan  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #richardbosco  #richardedwardbosco  #streetphotography  #blackandwhite  #thecolorofnewyork 
Jola is a waitress at Greenpoint's Karczma - a Michelin-recommended restaurant known for warm service in a farmhouse setting that serves up delicious traditional Polish cuisine to a mostly local clientele that calls English a second language. Jola and her colleagues - all Polish transplants - dress in the traditional folk costumes of the Krakow region: the gorset (embroidered corset); koszula (embroidered short-sleeved shirt); zapaska (flared colorful skirt); and trzewiki (lace-up boots). I'm almost reticent to share the secret of this place I've been going for several years; but Jola, Gosia and their friends just had to be part of this website. Na zdrowie! 
#polish #pole #immigrant #brooklyn #greenpoint #karczma #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork #newyork #newyorkcity #restaurant #waitress #tradition #smile #woman #smiling #beauty #happy #content
Jola is a waitress at Greenpoint's Karczma - a Michelin-recommended restaurant known for warm service in a farmhouse setting that serves up delicious traditional Polish cuisine to a mostly local clientele that calls English a second language. Jola and her colleagues - all Polish transplants - dress in the traditional folk costumes of the Krakow region: the gorset (embroidered corset); koszula (embroidered short-sleeved shirt); zapaska (flared colorful skirt); and trzewiki (lace-up boots). I'm almost reticent to share the secret of this place I've been going for several years; but Jola, Gosia and their friends just had to be part of this website. Na zdrowie! #polish  #pole  #immigrant  #brooklyn  #greenpoint  #karczma  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #thecolorofnewyork  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #restaurant  #waitress  #tradition  #smile  #woman  #smiling  #beauty  #happy  #content 
Big balloons require big nets to hold them (and the people who inflate them) down. Behind the scenes, it takes a lot of hard work to pull off the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. #macys #parade #balloons #toil #thanksgiving #work #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork #manhattan #newyork #newyorkcity #tradition
SIGD is an Ethiopian Jewish holiday that occurs 50 days following Yom Kippur and commemorates the date that God first revealed himself to Moses. In it, the Kessim - or spiritual leaders - carry the Orit (Torah) to the highest nearby mountain peak and recite passages from it, symbolizing Moses' receipt of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

The New York Jewish Ethiopian community, numbering just 500, practices a faith whose roots are as old as monotheism. To understand Ethiopia's relationship to Judaism is to understand Judaism itself. This half-Ethiopian, half-Ashkenazi girl represents, in a sense, the re-tying of a knot made of two pieces of the same thread - thread that the Jewish Diaspora had temporarily separated... Seen at the SIGD festival at the Town and Village Synagogue in Manhattan's East Village. 
#religion #ancient #tradition #celebration #sigd #ethiopia #ethiopian #culture #girl #surprise #emotion #emotive #mixedrace #jewish #jew #thecolorofnewyork #manhattan #synagogue #newyork #newyorkcity #blackandwhite #streetphotography #lenscultureportraits
SIGD is an Ethiopian Jewish holiday that occurs 50 days following Yom Kippur and commemorates the date that God first revealed himself to Moses. In it, the Kessim - or spiritual leaders - carry the Orit (Torah) to the highest nearby mountain peak and recite passages from it, symbolizing Moses' receipt of the Torah on Mount Sinai. The New York Jewish Ethiopian community, numbering just 500, practices a faith whose roots are as old as monotheism. To understand Ethiopia's relationship to Judaism is to understand Judaism itself. This half-Ethiopian, half-Ashkenazi girl represents, in a sense, the re-tying of a knot made of two pieces of the same thread - thread that the Jewish Diaspora had temporarily separated... Seen at the SIGD festival at the Town and Village Synagogue in Manhattan's East Village. #religion  #ancient  #tradition  #celebration  #sigd  #ethiopia  #ethiopian  #culture  #girl  #surprise  #emotion  #emotive  #mixedrace  #jewish  #jew  #thecolorofnewyork  #manhattan  #synagogue  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #lenscultureportraits 
This Ethiopian Jewish gentleman sat in the front row of the annual SIGD celebration in Manhattan, looking as though he walked straight out of the ancient text books, knurled cane and all. Regal in appearance and demeanor, he cut quite a figure on the dance floor, as well. #ethiopian #ethiopia #jew #jewish #sigd #thecolorofnewyork #manhattan #newyork #newyorkcity #silhouette #celebration #tradition #ancient #religion
Ethiopia's Jews are many-hued and as ancient as the religion itself. Appearing 15 times in the bible, according to Professor Ephraim Isaac, himself an Ethiopian Jew and a scholar of the first order, Ethiopia is and was a nexus of early civilization. 
SIGD is an Ethiopian Jewish holiday that occurs 50 days following Yom Kippur, and commemorates the date that God first revealed himself to Moses. In it, the Kessim - or spiritual leaders - carry the Orit (Torah) to the highest nearby mountain peak and recite passages from it, symbolizing Moses' receipt of the Torah on Mount Sinai.

SIGD is also a celebration - one that involves eating (breaking the day's fast), lectures about history and the diaspora, and, as seen here, Ethiopian traditional dance. #thecolorofnewyork #ceremony #celebration #streetphotography #blackandwhite #ethiopian #jew #jewish #immigrant #dancing #synagogue #tradition #sigd
Ethiopia's Jews are many-hued and as ancient as the religion itself. Appearing 15 times in the bible, according to Professor Ephraim Isaac, himself an Ethiopian Jew and a scholar of the first order, Ethiopia is and was a nexus of early civilization. SIGD is an Ethiopian Jewish holiday that occurs 50 days following Yom Kippur, and commemorates the date that God first revealed himself to Moses. In it, the Kessim - or spiritual leaders - carry the Orit (Torah) to the highest nearby mountain peak and recite passages from it, symbolizing Moses' receipt of the Torah on Mount Sinai. SIGD is also a celebration - one that involves eating (breaking the day's fast), lectures about history and the diaspora, and, as seen here, Ethiopian traditional dance. #thecolorofnewyork  #ceremony  #celebration  #streetphotography  #blackandwhite  #ethiopian  #jew  #jewish  #immigrant  #dancing  #synagogue  #tradition  #sigd 
Sara Mussie and her husband, Tebabu Assefa, are Ethiopian-born entrepreneurs who founded the benefit corporation 'Blessed Coffee' to connect growers in their native Ethiopia with American consumers. It is not only Sara and Tebabu whose origins are Ethiopian, but coffee itself, which was discovered there in the 11th Century and first prepared using the leaves, not the beans.

Based in Maryland, Sara and Tebabu make the trip to New York for the annual SIGD celebration, hosted this year at the Town and Village Synagogue on Manhattan's E. 14th Street. #coffee #ethiopian #sigd #tradition #ritual #newyork #newyorkcity #manhattan #blackandwhite #streetphotography #celebration #ceremony #thecolorofnewyork
Sara Mussie and her husband, Tebabu Assefa, are Ethiopian-born entrepreneurs who founded the benefit corporation 'Blessed Coffee' to connect growers in their native Ethiopia with American consumers. It is not only Sara and Tebabu whose origins are Ethiopian, but coffee itself, which was discovered there in the 11th Century and first prepared using the leaves, not the beans. Based in Maryland, Sara and Tebabu make the trip to New York for the annual SIGD celebration, hosted this year at the Town and Village Synagogue on Manhattan's E. 14th Street. #coffee  #ethiopian  #sigd  #tradition  #ritual  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #manhattan  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #celebration  #ceremony  #thecolorofnewyork 
Ephraim Isaac's accolades are too long to list in an Instagram post, but include founding Afro-American studies at Harvard, from which he has 2 degrees; directing the Institute of Semitic Studies at Princeton - one of his current posts; chairing the Board of Ethiopian Peace and Development Center; and authoring over 100 articles and books on religion, language (he speaks seventeen) and Semitic studies. He is a Jew of Ethiopian and Yemeni descent, and one of the most fascinating men I've had the pleasure of hearing speak - in this case, at the annual NYC SIGD celebration, hosted by Chassida Shmella at the Town and Village Synagogue on E. 14th Street. #scholar #ancient #history #genius #language #religion #judaism #jew #jewish #ethiopia #ethiopian #sigd #celebration #festival #tradition #scholarship #yemeni #blackandwhite #streetphotography #manhattan #newyork #newyorkcity #thecolorofnewyork
Ephraim Isaac's accolades are too long to list in an Instagram post, but include founding Afro-American studies at Harvard, from which he has 2 degrees; directing the Institute of Semitic Studies at Princeton - one of his current posts; chairing the Board of Ethiopian Peace and Development Center; and authoring over 100 articles and books on religion, language (he speaks seventeen) and Semitic studies. He is a Jew of Ethiopian and Yemeni descent, and one of the most fascinating men I've had the pleasure of hearing speak - in this case, at the annual NYC SIGD celebration, hosted by Chassida Shmella at the Town and Village Synagogue on E. 14th Street. #scholar  #ancient  #history  #genius  #language  #religion  #judaism  #jew  #jewish  #ethiopia  #ethiopian  #sigd  #celebration  #festival  #tradition  #scholarship  #yemeni  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #manhattan  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #thecolorofnewyork 
Mehndi - or henna - has its origins in many countries of the Mid-East and Indian sub-continent, and is applied during weddings and festivals such as Diwali, being celebrated here in Flushing Town Hall, Queens. A long line-up of (mostly) women attested to its undiminished popularity. #diwali #henna #mehndi #festival #tattoo #queens #newyork #newyorkcity #blackandwhite #streetphotography #indian #hindi #hindu #celebration #thecolorofnewyork
The Kathak is one of eight classic dances that hail from Northern India. Kathakars - or storytellers - would use their bodies - and especially feet - to tell stories of their nomadic traditions. 
Here, in Flushing Town Hall, in Queens, during the 2015 Diwali festival, Abha Roy - a New York City-area master dancer who has taught and performed since 1984 - performs with her students for the diverse audience gathered for the celebration. #indian #dance #kathak #diwali #celebration #festival #tradition #hindu #queens #newyork #newyorkcity #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork
The Kathak is one of eight classic dances that hail from Northern India. Kathakars - or storytellers - would use their bodies - and especially feet - to tell stories of their nomadic traditions. Here, in Flushing Town Hall, in Queens, during the 2015 Diwali festival, Abha Roy - a New York City-area master dancer who has taught and performed since 1984 - performs with her students for the diverse audience gathered for the celebration. #indian  #dance  #kathak  #diwali  #celebration  #festival  #tradition  #hindu  #queens  #newyork  #newyorkcity  #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #thecolorofnewyork 
Taking a break with friends during the 2015 Diwali festival in Queens, this young greeter, named Harshada Parmessar, sat in front of one of Flushing Hall's massive south-facing windows, perfectly capturing the winter day's final light. #diwali #indian #tradition #ritual #hinduism #hindi #blackandwhite #streetphotography #silhouette #festival #queens #flushing #newyork #newyorkcity #thecolorofnewyork
Yossi, whose birth name is Leonard (Леонард), came to #newyorkcity in 1998 from #moscow . An #engineer by training, with specialities in mechanical, electrical, and infrastructure, he worked until 2012, when he was in a car accident from which he never recovered. The #disability hurts him deeply. He explodes with ideas and ambition, and has no outlet for either. 'Let's start a company; I have so many inventions, do you understand? You'll be very rich.' In another strand of our discussion: 'I've discovered #god ; not the biblical one - energy. I've calculated it' 'You mean, the Big Bang?' 'NO! Before that. What do you think caused the Big Bang,' he snapped, hitting my arm? 'The energy came from somewhere, and I've found it, in a calculation.' Yossi is a beautiful human being. I'll be visiting him again, on the #brightonbeach #boardwalk in #brooklyn . #blackandwhite #streetphotography #russian #immigrant #thecolorofnewyork
Yossi, whose birth name is Leonard (Леонард), came to #newyorkcity  in 1998 from #moscow  . An #engineer  by training, with specialities in mechanical, electrical, and infrastructure, he worked until 2012, when he was in a car accident from which he never recovered. The #disability  hurts him deeply. He explodes with ideas and ambition, and has no outlet for either. 'Let's start a company; I have so many inventions, do you understand? You'll be very rich.' In another strand of our discussion: 'I've discovered #god  ; not the biblical one - energy. I've calculated it' 'You mean, the Big Bang?' 'NO! Before that. What do you think caused the Big Bang,' he snapped, hitting my arm? 'The energy came from somewhere, and I've found it, in a calculation.' Yossi is a beautiful human being. I'll be visiting him again, on the #brightonbeach  #boardwalk  in #brooklyn  . #blackandwhite  #streetphotography  #russian  #immigrant  #thecolorofnewyork 
#brothers reading the morning paper in the lobby of the #richmondhill #gurdwara in #queens - #blackandwhite #streetphotography #sikh #punjabi #thecolorofnewyork
Pravjat Singh - a #warrior class #punjabi donning his celebratory headgear on the 31st anniversary of the assassination of Indira Ghandi, outside of the #gurdwara he attends in #richmondhill #queens #blackandwhite #streetphotography #newyorkcity #thecolorofnewyork
#eastharlem used to be a major #puertorican enclave - #elbarrio to the remaining locals. Richie was born on 110th and 5th, and hasn't left it in his 60 years on the planet. He works at the Democratic Club on 110th, near Third Avenue - a center for #nuyorican politics by day and dancing by night - where I met him in the adjacent garden the city designated to the community. He told me that through the early 70's, until he died, 'Papa John' - a prominent Vanderbilt - would dress like a hobo every day and come to the flop house on 110th and 5th, carrying 8 crates (with aides) to feed the homeless. A New York piece of history that continues on only by word of mouth, by those who were there. #blackandwhite #newyorkcity #hispanic #latino #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork
#eastharlem  used to be a major #puertorican  enclave - #elbarrio  to the remaining locals. Richie was born on 110th and 5th, and hasn't left it in his 60 years on the planet. He works at the Democratic Club on 110th, near Third Avenue - a center for #nuyorican  politics by day and dancing by night - where I met him in the adjacent garden the city designated to the community. He told me that through the early 70's, until he died, 'Papa John' - a prominent Vanderbilt - would dress like a hobo every day and come to the flop house on 110th and 5th, carrying 8 crates (with aides) to feed the homeless. A New York piece of history that continues on only by word of mouth, by those who were there. #blackandwhite  #newyorkcity  #hispanic  #latino  #streetphotography  #thecolorofnewyork 
This is what #happy looks like on a brisk #morning in #chinatown in #manhattan among #friends on a #parkbench #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork
At the #hesterstreetplayground this morning four men on a park bench, rapt in conversation, didn't mind the interruption when they noticed me photographing them collectively and then gave me permission to do portraits. #greatteeth #chinese #chinatown #manhattan #newyorkcity #blackandwhite #streetphotography #thecolorofnewyork
Prince Hoshea Ben Judah is a man originally from Chicago, now with 6 grown children known in #newyorkcity as 'the drum man'. In 2013 he was hit by a subway train on Franklin St. in #Brooklyn and awoke after a month in a coma, with one leg #amputated, 2 fewer fingers and a rod in his hip. He now wheels about backward in his #wheelchair with one leg, drumming in #prospectpark on the weekend in the #drumcircle with #rastafarian and non-Rastafarian alike. A remarkable man. #brooklyn #streetphotography #amputee #brave #streetphotography #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork
Prince Hoshea Ben Judah is a man originally from Chicago, now with 6 grown children known in #newyorkcity  as 'the drum man'. In 2013 he was hit by a subway train on Franklin St. in #Brooklyn  and awoke after a month in a coma, with one leg #amputated , 2 fewer fingers and a rod in his hip. He now wheels about backward in his #wheelchair  with one leg, drumming in #prospectpark  on the weekend in the #drumcircle  with #rastafarian  and non-Rastafarian alike. A remarkable man. #brooklyn  #streetphotography  #amputee  #brave  #streetphotography  #blackandwhite  #thecolorofnewyork 
#woman who lives in a #shelter in #manhattan and whose 2 sons share my first name. Refused to have her picture taken in front of a residence. A Chase Bank was more to her liking... #flatbush #brooklyn #newyorkcity #streetphotography #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork
#tentative #man who finally agreed to have his picture taken after his girlfriend grilled me for a good 10 minutes - in #flatbush #brooklyn #newyorkcity #streetphotography #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork
#muslim woman in a jazzed-up #niqab in #jacksonheights #queens #newyorkcity waiting to cross the street. #streetphotography #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork
Man with facial #burns nodding off on the #7train #subway from #queens to #manhattan #streetphotography #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork
This fascinating onlooker at the Bolivian parade in #jacksonheights #queens #newyorkcity from the last post became even more interesting when he smiled. #twoteeth #streetphotography #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork #lenscultureportraits
"I no speak english". There went the conversation with this obliging #punjabi #indian in #jacksonheights #queens #newyorkcity #streetphotography #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork
Malkit Singh - a #punjabi #indian in #jacksonheights #queens #newyorkcity hands out leaflets to passers by near the #rooseveltavenue train #streetphotography #blackandwhite #thecolorofnewyork