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Humans Of New York – Little Stories From The Individuals Of The City

This is a glimpse at the life of the people who live in New York City. Their life, their thoughts, their worries, and their hopes.

What started out as a project to photograph 10,000 people who live in New York City, this photo series by Brandon Stanton has now evolved into something much more fascinating. With added short stories and quotes from random people, the blog Humans of New York has a huge following, even a book has been published.

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“What was the happiest moment of your life?” “I don’t know.”

“What was the saddest moment of your life?” “I don’t know.”

“What’s your best quality?” “I don’t know.”

“What’s your worst quality?” “Indecisiveness.”

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“The Russians run an underground fighting league in Coney Island where they pay junkies to fight. I fought about fifty fights for them. They pay you $200 win or lose. They’d always make sure I was real doped up before the fight. I mean they weren’t good people but it did make me feel kinda important to have all those gangsters cheering for me. And they’d always be really happy if I won, because that meant I’d made them money.”

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“My daughter lives in Pennsylvania. She’s working at a nursing home and studying to be an accountant. She’s my pride and joy.” “Does she know you’re homeless?” “No, she’s got enough to worry about. I just tell her that I’m retired.”

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“Facebook is telling me that everyone has a house, a kid, and a dog. So I’m just trying to calm the f#ck down.”

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“I told her that if she wanted to start over, to meet where we first kissed. She was supposed to be here 15 minutes ago.”

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“One time I was in Saks Fifth Avenue, and I got in an elevator. There was a woman already in there. She had selected the seventh floor, but when I got in with her, she changed it to the second floor.” “How’d that make you feel?” “Like I didn’t belong.”

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“Where are you from?”

“Russia. If you see a doctor smoking, he’s from Russia.”

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“I was afraid that I wouldn’t have the tolerance to be a parent. But it’s amazing how you find the energy.”

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I was engaged eight years ago, but my fiancee died in Iraq. After that, I promised myself that I’d never be that dependent on someone again. So after I met my husband, I fought marriage for the longest time. But we got married in September. And even though I was rebelling against it, and I always saw it as a meaningless formality, I’ve been surprised. There’s a comfort in knowing that you’re sworn to someone else.”

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“Do you remember the saddest moment of your life?” “When I found out I was wrong about my religious beliefs.”

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“I lived in a cave for 6 months in the Canary Islands. I was tripping acid on a rock outside the cave when I realized that everything makes the exact same sound. We’re all made of atoms, and atoms vibrate, and so everything in the Universe is tied together by the sound of that vibration.”

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“It was one drunken mistake, so I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. So I told her about it. Turns out it was a big deal.”

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“Regardless of what you think about religion, it provides a space for people to reflect on how small we are. Now that religion is being increasingly phased out of society, people have to take it upon themselves to reflect on humanity’s place in the universe. Even if that just means zooming out on Google Maps, until you get smaller, and smaller, and smaller.”

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“I got some purple ones because my yellow ones weren’t feeling too good.”

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“I ran away to California for a week without telling anyone. I wanted to remove myself from everything, to see if I could work out some things in my head. But it actually created more problems. I learned it doesn’t really work that way.”

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“I pretty much only read fantasy because I’ve had more than enough of reality.”

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“I got it when I was young. I made the mistake of trying to stop someone from picking on me.”

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“Hold on. This will look cool.”

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Times Square is always quite the spectacle, but Saturday night the effect was the doubled with all the Super Bowl installations. This man got a little carried away with inspiration, jumped up on a police barricade, and screamed at the top of his lungs: “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!”

All images and texts come from Humans of New York