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Humans of New York

Do you follow the blog Humans of New York? It is one of my absolute favorite daily reads. In the blog (and widely successful Facebook page) photographer Brandon Stanton displays street portraits from all walks of life in the city. The images themselves are poignant, but it’s the snippets of conversations Brandon has with everyday people that make the photos so touching. It’s one of my favorite daily reminders of the humanity, pain, beauty and humor all around us. A tangible illustration of J.M. Barrie’s quote, “Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is facing some kind of battle.” While it’s nearly impossible to choose favorites, here are just a few of the images, if you’d like to see…

P.S. See you in a few days, New York. : )

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“Living in New York is a struggle, because you’re always trying to make $5 last for three days. But in a way it’s romantic, because The City always gives you little ways to make it.”

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“We’ve been best friends since 1967.”

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“I try to conserve my energy.”
“How do you mean?”
“Everybody is always wasting their energy on being against other people. They like to say ‘I’m against this,’ or ‘I’m against that.’ I say a lot of prayers when I wake up in the morning. But one of the prayers I always say is: ‘God, please send me someone that I can help today.’”

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“Are you an artist?”
“Divorce lawyer.”

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“One time I was in Saks Fifth Avenue, and I got in an elevator. There was a woman already in there. She had selected the seventh floor, but when I got in with her, she changed it to the second floor.”
“How’d that make you feel?”
“Like I didn’t belong.”

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Robin smells a crime.

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I tried to give him a tip, but he waved me off. “I’m just blessing people with my music,” he said. Afterwards another confused man walked up, searched for a bucket, then just ended up laying his dollar on top of the closed case.

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“What are their superpowers?”
“This one can talk any enemy to death. And this one can knock her sister over.”

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“The great thing about New York, is that if you sit in one place long enough, the whole world comes to you.”

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Seen on 13th street.

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“Whenever I did a show in the park, Doris would come over and watch for a bit. Then one day, she came up to me, and without having ever spoken to me, handed me a clipping of an article that she’d found about me in The Villager. I thought that was the nicest thing. So I took a photo with her, printed it out, and gave it to her the next day. Then the NEXT day, she brings me ANOTHER set of articles about marionettes. At this point, I’d really started to fall for her. So I thought: ‘Doris keeps one-upping me. So I’ve got to do something really, really nice for her.’”

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Seen on the subway.

{All images via Brandon Stanton via Humans of New York.}

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