"I’m glad I had a daughter. Ever since my grandmother died, I’ve needed the female energy in my life. It’s good energy. I mean, when things go wrong, another man can tell you that everything is going to be OK. But not like a woman can."
"I prefer maritime laws over laws on land. Maritime laws only exist to guarantee safe passage. There are no loopholes or biases to favor more powerful vessels. Every ship is equal, and no one is more powerful than the sea."
"Do you remember the saddest moment of your life?"
“When I realized that I hadn’t killed myself, and I was still alive.”
1. “I really don’t have time to talk, these shadows are changing every second.”
2. "I’m 99 years old. Everything from my neck down is shit. But everything from my neck is just as good as everyone else’s. How lucky is that?"
3. "These two were watching clouds in Washington Square Park, just like this."
4. "This mural was housed on a vacant lot surrounded by a huge chain-link fence. I asked several young men to follow me through a hole in the fence, but nobody was willing to take the risk. After several minutes, I finally found two people with the balls to do it"
Humans of New York featured on the Guardian
"I am one of the officers in this picture. My friend found it in your book and pointed it out to me. The victim under the sheet was a woman in her late fifties. She was Miss Austria in her early 20’s and a contestant in the Miss World pageant. At the time of her death she was destitute and alone, but still carried her passport with a photo of her at the peak of her beauty. She was stunning. On October 22nd of last year, wandering the halls of the building she had chosen for her last act, she had looked for an open window at the record company that produces Maroon Five. Asked to leave, she found one a floor above in a hallway, took sleeping pills, sat on the ledge in the sunlight for about ten minutes, then leaned forward. Anyway, thanks for the photo. It is one of those souvenirs of one’s life that come to be valuable because it has unexpectedly captured a moment of you doing your life’s work, genuine and unrehearsed."
Humans of New York