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I found this man on 7th Avenue in Park Slope. He was leaning heavily on his cane, looking down, wearing a grimaced face. I felt bad for him, so I smiled and waved when I walked past. His face changed completely. He lit up, smiled wide, and gave me a cheery greeting. There was nothing forced about it. He seemed like a man who went through life looking for the smallest excuses to be happy.

I found this man on 7th Avenue in Park Slope. He was leaning heavily on his cane, looking down, wearing a grimaced face. I felt bad for him, so I smiled and waved when I walked past. His face changed completely. He lit up, smiled wide, and gave me a cheery greeting. There was nothing forced about it. He seemed like a man who went through life looking for the smallest excuses to be happy.

“I always ask couples what their favorite things about each other are…”  “Well we aren’t a couple. We’re just friends. I’m helping him walk.”  “Oh, um…..”  “But we can still answer. I love his honesty.”  “And she’s my favorite person to have next to me.”

“I always ask couples what their favorite things about each other are…” “Well we aren’t a couple. We’re just friends. I’m helping him walk.” “Oh, um…..” “But we can still answer. I love his honesty.” “And she’s my favorite person to have next to me.”

I asked his favorite thing about his dad, and he scrunched up his face and looked at the sky. He really seemed to be considering his options. Finally, he said: “When he throws me in the air.” (via HoNY)

I asked his favorite thing about his dad, and he scrunched up his face and looked at the sky. He really seemed to be considering his options. Finally, he said: “When he throws me in the air.” (via HoNY)

Humans of new york by brandon stanton_“I’m going home to see my mother.” “Oh, is it her birthday?” “Nope. I just love my mother, and she loves flowers.”

Humans of new york by brandon stanton_“I’m going home to see my mother.” “Oh, is it her birthday?” “Nope. I just love my mother, and she loves flowers.”

Credit: Brandon Stanton  "I'm 99 years old. Everything from my neck down is shit. But everything from my neck up is just as good as everyone...

Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York – in pictures

Credit: Brandon Stanton "I'm 99 years old. Everything from my neck down is shit. But everything from my neck up is just as good as everyone...

I told him I wanted to take his photograph because he looked like a composer. In reality, it’s because I saw him slip a homeless man a $20 bill five minutes earlier.

I told him I wanted to take his photograph because he looked like a composer. In reality, it’s because I saw him slip a homeless man a $20 bill five minutes earlier.

Humans of New York Gac Filipaj is a refugee from the former Yugoslavia. For the past twelve years, he has worked as a janitor for Columbia University.  His job,  includes emptying the trash and cleaning the toilets. During this time, he worked until 11pm every night during the week.  After this he would start studying.  This weekend, Gac graduated from Columbia University with a Classics degree.  Rarely have so many qualities I admire been wrapped up in a single person.

Humans of New York Gac Filipaj is a refugee from the former Yugoslavia. For the past twelve years, he has worked as a janitor for Columbia University. His job, includes emptying the trash and cleaning the toilets. During this time, he worked until 11pm every night during the week. After this he would start studying. This weekend, Gac graduated from Columbia University with a Classics degree. Rarely have so many qualities I admire been wrapped up in a single person.

"P.L.O." (Permanent Latrine Orderly) Pvt. Will Stockdale, played   by Andy Griffith in No Time for Sergeants.

"P.L.O." (Permanent Latrine Orderly) Pvt. Will Stockdale, played by Andy Griffith in No Time for Sergeants.

Humans of New York “What’s the best day you’ve ever spent together?” “Probably that day on the Ponts des Arts.” “What’d you do?” “Just held hands.”

Humans of New York “What’s the best day you’ve ever spent together?” “Probably that day on the Ponts des Arts.” “What’d you do?” “Just held hands.”

“When I was younger, I spent a lot of time wanting to be like ‘this guy’ or ‘that guy.’ Then at a certain age I realized that I’m probably going to stay me, and I should learn to be OK with that.’”

“When I was younger, I spent a lot of time wanting to be like ‘this guy’ or ‘that guy.’ Then at a certain age I realized that I’m probably going to stay me, and I should learn to be OK with that.’”

At the end of a street in Brooklyn, I randomly discovered a castle.  By the door there was a rope, with a sign that said "Pull." So I did.  This man came out, and explained his mathematical theory of the universe.

At the end of a street in Brooklyn, I randomly discovered a castle. By the door there was a rope, with a sign that said "Pull." So I did. This man came out, and explained his mathematical theory of the universe.

This man sent me an email after I took his photo:    “I suffer from documented clinical Post Traumatic Stress. I have been a victim of mistaken identity and was shot as a teen. I won the case, but left emotionally scarred. It makes me nervous to be outside at times.

This man sent me an email after I took his photo: “I suffer from documented clinical Post Traumatic Stress. I have been a victim of mistaken identity and was shot as a teen. I won the case, but left emotionally scarred. It makes me nervous to be outside at times.