Street Man

Daily Census
(For October 8, 2009)

With Children

Adult Families

Single Adults

Total Individuals

Department of Homeless Services NYC

many years ago, during the Reagan years when
trickle down economics forced many families
onto the streets of New York,
we began taking photos of the homeless
 on our streets.

occasionally, we post these pics,
with the latest demographic info.

this image shows one such indigent
sleeping on the sidewalk in front
of a  department store in the
Greenwich Village's Astor Place.

however, all is not as it appears,
the running shoes, and duffle,
would indicate an undercover cop.

maybe, maybe not. :-0

however, many years of street lore
would support the theory.

this is not to say that there ARE no homeless;
almost nine thousand families are homeless
in the city.




Momza said...

9,000. Wow. Reminds me of the addage,
"There, but for the grace of God, go I."

Today I will be grateful for a warm house and food. Thank you for the reminder.

bARE-eYED sUN said...

you got it, Momza.

yes, we SHOULD be thankful.



Michele said...

Years ago we bought a tent and a couple of decent sleeping bags for "just in case".

I would have never been able to tell the difference between an undercover cop and a street person. I'm a bit naive

bARE-eYED sUN said...

well Michele,
ye CAN get away with camping in one of the parks,
but we wouldn't recommend it,
the odds of a safe night are stacked
against ye.

as for the cop, well maybe he's NOT.

that bag, though, its pretty attractive, sorta like the cadets get at the Academy,
we'd bet its bait.

or, maybe we're just paranoid, blame it on a misspent youth. :-)


aurbie said...

I have had to shoot hundreds of homeless people since 1985 for news stories. It is sad situation.

Though sad, your photo is very good. Thank you for reminding people how lucky they are.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Quite strange!

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What About The Girl? said...

It is sad. But for some reason, he does not seem like a homeless man. Check out that paraphernalia.
Hmmm..could it be that he just passed out from too much drinking? Hangover?

Great shot!

bARE-eYED sUN said...

- Patty, our pleasure. :-)

-Bhavesh, yes indeed. :-0

- Girl, initially we had the same impression, and then saw something else.

"Experiences dictate and influence our insights and no one other than ourselves will teach or show us the difference." ~~ The Girl From Cherry Blossom Street





bARE-eYED sUN said...

sure is, Aripi,