25 October 2012

A Love Note to the City by "Humans of New York"


See here this short film, 'The Best of The Humans of New York' with Alicia Keys.  (And you can see where all these photos came from on the amazing blog by Brandon Stanton.

I've been itching to try and document more of my life here.  Seeing his work definitely inspires me to at least take a stab at it.  

And here are my favorites from the recent pics on his blog (there are thousands of pics!)  The best part are his captions...

 I think somebody's following us.

 “Candy cabbie” Mansoor Khalid gives passengers as much candy as they want.  Taxi driver Mansoor Khalid is on a one-man mission to cheer up New Yorkers with a daily dose of candy.  “The New York life is not the easy life,” Khalid, 36, told the Daily News. “People are depressed. I see a lot of people stressed sitting back there.”  Khalid is no stranger to stress. He dubbed his taxi the NYC Candy Cab after his 2-year-old son died in April from a long battle with heart disease.
 
 Seen on 14th Street 
(New Yorkers can always be found carrying/transporting interesting things by foot.  I've carried bookcases, filing cabinets, bar stools, a school desk and a coffee tableMaybe someday I'll bring home something cooler.)

 “She’s my newer, more improved version.”

I asked these two to pose together because they were about the same height. But fearful of being associated with a rank amateur, the boy on the right threw his friend under the bus. “He’s just learning,” he explained, “but I can really skate.”

“Where would you like to be ten years from now?”
“Well, I know there’s more glamorous answers, but I think I’d like to be a professor of philosophy.”

 INCOMING CUTENUKE

 A Common Thread

 Watched this guy chase a remote control car in circles for 20 minutes. If he attacks life with the same intensity, he’s gonna go far. (If you don’t believe me, look at that face.)


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6 comments:

  1. In case Brandon reads this post, wanted to highlight that he has some serious (probably unintentional) male-bias going on in his video. Almost all of the images are of men. Makes me feel unrepresented and left out in what is probably the most inclusive city in the world.

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  2. Mara and Danny,

    My beautiful seventeen-year-old daughter discovered your blog recently. I should start by saying that you have a new disciple. But it's not just that she finds your story inspiring. Or you photos charming. Or your personal style imitation-worthy. And it's not just that she resonates to the idea of married love (which she does). It's that, having collided with a blog that understands itself to be about love as a CHOICE, she now views herself as able to make that choice. That is, in her little corner of the world (Spain, where we're currently on sabbatical), she can choose love where she might otherwise have chosen something else--impatience, perhaps, with a sister she finds adorable and exasperating by turns. She told me last night that as a result of being on your blog, she just wants to be more loving, a choice which, as I said, she considers an invitation to act. Do you know what that's worth to a mother of teens? If you're curious, you can read my post, a sort of ode to your efforts. The URL is attached. Regardless, thank you for your efforts to talk about love and, in so doing, spread it. It's currency, it really is!

    Best,

    Becky Davidson, Eleven O'Clock Mom

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    1. Dear Becky,

      Ahhh, this is one of my favorite comments that I've read, honestly. Sounds like you've got yourself quite a unique and insightful daughter :)

      Mara and I often hope that somehow we'll be able to share truths with our future children in a way that they'll be able to comprehend, even in their teens, how important and powerful it is to learn to choose love. You've given us some added hope that is possible. And my guess is we deserve very little credit at all...more likely she's been taught something like that by her mother for many years now. It just helps when someone outside the home says the same thing :)

      Thank you for sharing the post you wrote, I loved it. You are a very gifted writer and have a beautiful family. And thank you for being a doting and dedicated mom!

      Our best to you and your girls.

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    2. Oh and were I able to comment on your blog I would have ...but since I can't I'll add it here. One of my favorite lines from your post is as follows:

      "After all, the kind of forbearance informed by the intention to practice love instead of something else always benefits the practitioner more than anyone else."

      This is perhaps the reason I have long loved the scripture in 1 Cor 13 that says "Love never fails". I've come to understand that the way that you mention above...it never fails the possessor of it. It may not enrich another person, it may not change an ugly situation, it may not move anyone else...but it always changes and moves and enriches the one who makes the conscious choice to Love. In that sense...love truly never fails.

      Thanks again for a great post.

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  3. My best wishes to you and your family. Thank you for sharing these beautiful post, I really like it. hugs
    ~ Herman Swan

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  4. oh my gosh, I follow HONY on facebook and his pictures seriously make my day. Love it.

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