Photo by myself underground, at the 34th Street subway station.
I've seen this fellow a couple times but never stopped to take a photograph until Wednesday.
This elderly gentleman sits hunched over an electronic keyboard. A couple mechanical dolls are duct taped in front of him. On the ground nearby, another mechanical doll dances the hula.
Yes, we have a lot of kooky people here. I can't explain why.
Perhaps the kooks are drawn to larger cities, which are more diverse and usually tolerant of difference.
In cities too, you can be 'with' people without really interacting with them. Therefore you can function as a kook in your own world without becoming lonely. The running joke is that all New Yorkers have altars decorated with human heads in their apartments.
A small crowd of curious onlookers gathered around the fellow above. He was definitely 'a character'.
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