Humans of New York may be focused on the "strangers in New York City," but the stories it often uncovers are images that we need to see. With just a smile and a quote, this young woman paints a very important picture of undocumented graduates. Here are 10 other posts from Humans of New York that have had a huge effect on its followers.
“I grew up in a neighborhood with a lot of cops and firefighters, but I decided to be a stock broker instead. It went well at first and I began to make a lot of money. I thought I was going to be rich. But then I made some bad investment decisions and lost it all as quickly as I’d made it. Then September 11th happened. I was working on Wall Street, right near the towers, but I wasn’t the one running into the buildings. I was in an office trying to make some more money for my CEO. And it just really brought into focus that I wasn’t doing anything in my life to help people. So I decided to join the fire department.”
Big news. We’ve got our first 100% confirmed HONY romance! I photographed Alex about eight months ago while he was rollerblading through midtown. Apparently, after seeing the post on HONY, Jordan sent him a Facebook message saying: "I can’t even rollerblade on two legs." Intrigued by Jordan’s eloquence, Alex arranged a meeting and they spent a day together. They’ve been dating ever since. I was lucky enough to run into them on the street a few days ago, and they told me the entire story. We were even close enough to our original meeting spot to go back and recreate the original photograph.
“I hope to be as selfless as my mother. My father died when I was seven months old. She had to raise five kids on her own while working as a nurse, but she made time for all of us. We used to have these days called ‘Mommy Holidays.’ She’d choose a normal school day, wake us up, have us get ready for school, cook breakfast in a hurry, and right before we walked out the door, she’d scream: ‘Mommy Holiday!’ And we'd all skip school and go somewhere fun.”
“I also want to be a writer. I’m actually working on a book right now. It’s a series. When you’re writing a book, you’ve really got to open your imagination. Your book can’t just be about a mean person who eats a banana and learns a lesson, because that’s boring. There needs to be a lot of different parts. There needs to be a protagonist, an antagonist, and some people that you’re not really sure about because that adds mystery. And you can take inspiration from other writers, but don’t plagiarize. My mom and dad are teachers, and they fail anyone who plagiarizes.” ------------------------------------------------This is one of a series of portraits and stories from the Excellence Boys Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.
“I think people perceive me as being much bolder than I actually am. I have a lot of trouble with confidence. I’ve dyed my hair since kindergarten. My mother colored my hair as an experiment before trying it on herself, and I liked it so much that I kept doing it, even though she told me not to. Eventually the colors grew wackier and wackier. Then I started wearing off-the-shoulder shirts, and miniskirts, and lots of prints. I was always the different kid. In middle school, I had so much trouble making friends that I tried to dress normally for a while. But that didn’t work either.”
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