Photo by myself in midtown.
There are fruit carts like this one on many corners of the city, especially in the morning. The carts compete for space with carts that serve the staple New York breakfast - bagels and coffee.
Speaking of food, there was a yet another excellent article in this week's New Yorker magazine.
Unfortunately, the article isn't available online, but the magazine posted an mp3 recording of Ian Frazier, the author of the story.
Frazier writes about a soup kitchen at the Holy Apostles church at 9th Avenue and 28th Street, which serves 900+ people lunch every day. The article cites a chilling statistic: 1.3 million New Yorkers cannot afford food for their families. In other words, 1 out of every 6 New Yorkers is hungry.
This article is particularly good for those interested in writing, New York history and architecture.
Frazier leads a writers workshop in the same church every Wednesday afternoon. He has met all sorts of characters and recounts the history of the building, which is colorful. The church spends nearly $10,000 every day to provide meals, and the money comes primarily from individual donations.
Times are becoming tougher. Food prices are steadily rising. And with the recent cool temperatures, I see more and more homeless people in the subway stations every morning.
If this city is to survive, the statistics had better start changing for the better.
The Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen employs 40+ volunteers each day. Click here for their website.
Related posts: Castaways, Signs of Hope and The Underclass.