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Monday, May 31, 2010

Old Friends, in Alphabet City

Crossing the Street, Alphabet City
Photo by myself at Avenue B and East 10th Street, in Alphabet City.

The fellow on the left was helping his friend cross the street, yesterday. It was a sunny day. The city was quieter than usual due to the holiday weekend.

New York is not an easy town for older people. Walking down crowded flights of stairs to the subway is dangerous. Sidewalks are also unevenly paved, and the weather fluctuates between extremes. Most older people and those with disabilities take the bus, and stay within their neighborhoods.

I would love to speak to these two fellows. Alphabet City has only recently become a safe neighborhood. I'm guessing they have many war stories to tell.

Related posts: Older Birds, Fifth Avenue, On Tenement Life and Cable TV and The Jazzman, 34th Street.

11 comments:

Olivier said...

belle photo de deux amis

Luis Gomez said...

Beautiful capture!

elsiee said...

these men are so masculine and so tender all at the same time, very touching and very human...

lewi14 said...

It's a wonderful and heart-wrenching photo.

Jennifer said...

That is such a wonderful picture....I hope to still have good friends who will help me get around when I'm that age!

frankdejol said...

Excellent shot and cool caption.

ρομπερτ said...

Seems as if they went together a couple of miles during their lifes, still looking into the same direction.
A moving photography, with a tendancy towards making speachless - thank you.
Please have a nice start into the new month.

daily athens

T. Becque said...

Really nice b&w and capture of friends.

Bibi said...

The older one gets, the more empathy one has for older people. I too see people every day I'd love to speak at length with. This is a beautiful photo of two friends.

ChickenUnderwear said...

I think NYC is a great place to grow old. My grandparents all moved to South Fla. They could never buy groceries and cross any of the streets down there. NYC might be a more changeling place to grow old but not so isolating.

Sharon M said...

that is a sweet photo.