Creator of Humans Of New York

New York, NY
Joined January 2011
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“At first I was worried he’d think I was too square. On our first date I costumed myself with a checkered shirt, just to add a rockabilly twist. John was an artist, and a playwright. When we got pregnant with Archer he’d just finished an amazing surf rock show..."
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(1/11) “I wasn’t going to do a half-ass ceremony. You know: drive-by, no hugging, ten feet apart kinda thing. Not for my sister. Even if that meant waiting until this COVID bullshit was solid. I chose the anniversary of her death: August 29th. There had been so much love..."
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(2/11) “I still have the stub for the first Knicks game I ever went to. I was ten years old. We blew out the Miami Heat that night, and I was hooked. I decided then that I was going to be the biggest Knicks fan in the entire world. Not the second biggest. The biggest..."
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(3/11) “Gianna was born August 16th, 1999. My mom sobered up and moved into an apartment down the street. Oh My God, it was incredible. She’s coming to my basketball games and cross country meets. My friends thought she was so cool..."
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(4/11) “There was a two year stretch where we didn’t even see our mom. Of course it hurt. But we just kept on livin’. There was always something to look forward to: when’s the next Knicks game, when’s the draft, when’s free agency. For G it was when’s the next dinner..."
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(5/11) “That was the day my life changed forever. They did the brain test. And it came back brain cancer. Fucking brain cancer. My ten-year old sister. It didn’t seem real. Nothing seemed real. Suddenly my life became the worst movie ever. They checked G into the hospital..."
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(6/11) “One night before she got sick I took G to see the Jonas Brothers at The Garden. We had last row seats. But it didn’t matter. I was going to every single Knicks game by then, so I had mad connections. We ended up watching the whole show by the stage. Next to us..."
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(7/11) “Every morning G and I played ‘Time after Time’ while she cooked us breakfast. That was our song. I have the lyrics tattooed on my arm. Because that’s what G and I did-- we caught each other, time after time. She did the cooking and laundry. I drove uber ten hours a day.."
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(8/11) “A few days after the surgery G started talking. The whole left side of her body was paralyzed, but she was talking. And I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I ever cried in front of her. The doctors did an MRI on her brain to see if the cancer was back..."
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(9/11) “Our mother came to the hospital maybe twice. I was getting on her, hard. I’d say: ‘You need to fucking be with her. I’ll pay for the uber. Just go.’ But she had no clue. She kept saying: ‘Calm down, Anthony. She’s going to be fine.’ It’s like: ‘No she’s fucking not'..."
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(10/11) “We made it until her birthday. And that was a big deal. G never said it, but getting there was a big deal. This kid had looked death in the eye at the age of ten. She should have been gone. But she became an adult. And maybe that was our gift. Maybe the whole time..."
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(11/11) “She’s in my dreams six nights a week. Usually we’re just chilling: in the car, or watching tv on the couch. I’ll be like: ‘What’s up G?’ And she’ll be like: ‘What’s up Ant?’ Afterwards I’ll wake up, and lie in bed for a bit. Not believing that I just woke up..."
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(1/2) “I was forty years old. I’d just graduated law school and was studying for the bar. I was trying to do the single mother thing with no job, no job prospects. And I was on public assistance for the first time in my life. I couldn’t even afford to take yoga..."
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(2/2) “This studio is on a corner that’s hot and heavy and sticky with addiction, and anger, and mental illness. Women are coming here to take classes, and dudes are being disgusting. Making comments. Spraying graffiti on my door. Pissing on my stoop. It’s exhausting..."
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Wow! What a great idea
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“The war in Iraq had just started. Thousands of people were dying; for nonsense. For oil. And every time I walked outside—I’d see these buses and trucks just idling on the curb. Burning oil. It was like a stick in the eye. To make things worse..."
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“I knew right away something wasn’t right. When they plopped her on my chest, she was amazing, and alive—but she looked like a skinny pink frog. The only way to feed her was to drip milk in her mouth, 24/7. Those first weeks I was getting such little sleep..."
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“I saw this story about a herd of adolescent male elephants in Africa. They were running wild, killing everything. The scientists found out it was because all the adult male elephants had been poached. And I guess that’s sorta what happened to me. My father got shot..."
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