100 Strangers

Irene, from Glacia, in Barcelona

(59/100 Strangers) Irene is a rockstar. We found her at "True Artisan," a specialty coffee shop in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, holding down shop on an unusually busy Friday morning. She moved here from Glacia (North-Western Spain) in 2008 t…

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Irene, from Glacia, in Barcelona

(59/100 Strangers) Irene is a rockstar. We found her at "True Artisan," a specialty coffee shop in Barcelona's Gothic Quarter, holding down shop on an unusually busy Friday morning. She moved here from Glacia (North-Western Spain) in 2008 t…

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Added: June 1, 2016
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Marcio, from Brazil, in San Sebastian

(58/100 Strangers) I met Marcio in Old Town Coffee, a quality shop in San Sebastian, Spain. He is the definition of a people person, and seemed to have spread his positive vibe to everyone in the shop. 11 months ago, Marico came to San Se…

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Added: May 31, 2016
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Curley, from Manhattan Kansas, at the Library

(57/100 Strangers) "If you want to pan for gold, Idaho is the best place to do it," Curley told me. He's panned most of the western states, from New Mexico up to Idaho. While Colorado isn't on that list, he lived there for a while, too. C…

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Added: April 8, 2015
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Julie in Market Square, from Tennessee

(56/100 Strangers) From the moment I spotted Julie, she was smiling. Perhaps it was Bella, the dog she was holding. It could also have been the beautiful day. Julie lives in Knoxville, and her friend was visiting her from Ashville. They wer…

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Added: April 5, 2015
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Frankie, in Astoria

(55/100 Strangers) "I'm trying this look now," Frankie told me, referring to his long hair. Frankie has been back in New York for 4 months to the day, when I met them outside the Kaufman Astoria Studios, on the edge of Astoria and Lon…

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Added: September 23, 2014
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Barclay, from Panama, at Pier 15

(54/100 Strangers) "I'm from Panama. You know the Panama Canal?", Barclay asked me. 21 years ago, he moved to New York, after Noreiga was arrested. "I was his bodyguard." -- He's retired now, but he worked for the Grand Central Post Office.…

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Added: May 11, 2014
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Barclay, from Panama, at Pier 15

(54/100 Strangers) "I'm from Panama. You know the Panama Canal?", Barclay asked me. 21 years ago, he moved to New York, after Noreiga was arrested. "I was his bodyguard." He's retired now, but he worked for the Grand Central Post Office…

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Added: May 11, 2014
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Stevie in Dumbo, from Beijing

(53/100 Strangers) Originally from Beijing, I ran across Stevie in Dumbo, admiring the Manhattan Bridge. She's a model, and had just finished up a photo shoot. -- Even as a candid, Stevie drew everyone's attention, seeming to fit right in…

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Added: May 11, 2014
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Stevie in Dumbo, from Beijing

(53/100 Strangers) Originally from Beijing, I ran across Stevie in Dumbo, admiring the Manhattan Bridge. She's a model, and had just finished up a photo shoot. -- Even as a candid, Stevie drew everyone's attention, seeming to fit right in…

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Added: May 11, 2014
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Alanzoe, from Brooklyn, in SoHo

(52/100 Strangers) Meet Alanzoe. We meet months ago, in SoHo. He's from Brooklyn, and studying to be a Tatoo artist.

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Added: May 31, 2016
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M and Makenzey on the Holiday Train

(51/100 Strangers) (715/365) I met these two on the Holiday Nostalgia Train, but never took down their story.

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Added: January 2, 2014
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Hakim, from Brooklyn, on the Holiday Train

(50/100 Strangers)

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Added: May 31, 2016
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One Times Square

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Added: November 13, 2013
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Sara on the Roof of One Times Square

(49/100 Strangers) At the last second, Sara snatched up a free ticket to see the Times Square Ball, which is where I found her. A Mass Native, she's been spending the past 2 years in NY getting her MBA. After completing her program, she d…

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Added: November 13, 2013
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Kaylani, of London, from Queens

(48/100 Strangers) Kaylani and I started talking on a bench in the subway. The Halloween parade had shut down the station at West 4th, and we were both headed to Queens. Her daughter would say she talks too much, but we all think that about…

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Added: November 1, 2013
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Benz on the R

(47/100 Strangers) "My name is Benz, like the Car," she told me over the rumble of the R train. She'd been here just three months, leaving her native Thailand to study language. The second she stepped on the train, she stood out. After a fe…

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Added: September 23, 2013
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Benz on the R

(47/100 Strangers) "My name is Benz, like the Car," she told me over the rumble of the R train. She'd been here just three months, leaving her native Thailand to study language. The second she stepped on the train, she stood out. After a fe…

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Added: September 23, 2013
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Noble in Yonkers Train Station

(46/100 Strangers) After a 7 hour train ride from Niagra Falls, Noble arrived in Yonkers. He and his wife was on their way to New York to visit friends, and I met him en route. Noble is a video editor for an Indian station with offices in…

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Added: September 23, 2013
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Charlie and Mr P

(45/100 Strangers) (602/365) "You ready to take a million dollar picture?" Charlie was a talker. "I don't know what I'm saying most of the time. I just say it." As I began taking pictures of this man sitting on the sidewalk, his buddy chime…

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Added: September 5, 2013
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Charlie and Mr P

(45/100 Strangers) (602/365) "You ready to take a million dollar picture?" Charlie was a talker. "I don't know what I'm saying most of the time. I just say it." As I began taking pictures of this man sitting on the sidewalk, his buddy chime…

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Added: September 4, 2013
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Arlene from Chelsea

(44/100 Strangers) (600/365)

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Added: August 27, 2013
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Arlene from Chelsea

(44/100 Strangers) Arlene was the most delightful person I spoke to during my visit on the Highline. While she confessed her position at the Met (or was it Natural History?) keeps her talkative, we spend a majority of our conversation speak…

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Added: August 27, 2013
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Edward on the Highline

(43/100 Strangers) (600/365) I noticed the details of Edward's outfit, and knew I needed to talk to him. He works in fashion for a relatively famous designer, and I found him on the Highline. While we only spoke for a minute, he did mention…

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Added: August 27, 2013
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Rupali and Manju on the Highline

(42/100 Strangers) (600/365 )Meet Rupali and Manju. Manju is visting Rupali (pictured left), who moved here 15 months ago from Wisconson to persue here career in banking. "They've been here several times now, so we're mostly taking it easy.…

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Added: August 27, 2013
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Coby, in Dumbo

(41/100 Strangers) I met Koby, who was working on a project in Dumbo. He's a street artists, and whe got to talking about the state of art today. "It's dead," he told me. "No one is doing anything interesting anymore." He told me about the…

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Added: August 27, 2013
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Marie Eve, in Montreal

(40/100 Strangers) I ran into Marie just outside of Pikolo Espresso Bar, in Montreal. Originally from Ottawa, she came to Montreal 14 years earlier, both for school, as well as culture and friends. She was absolutely friendly, and willing t…

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Added: August 7, 2013
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Shelly, in Soho

(39/100 Strangers) (569/365) When asked about her love of New York, Shelly told me she loves the busyness the most. Originaly from Florida, she moved here 3 years ago for a job in fashion. This same style is what drew me to her. She was rea…

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Added: August 5, 2013
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Papo, at the Harlem Meer

(38/100 Strangers) I met Papo at the Harlem Meer, in Upper East Central Park. He began our conversation by telling me the frogs and fish he used to catch here as a boy. He grew up on 108th Street, before venturing out of the city to the Met…

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Added: August 5, 2013
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Ahmed at Brooklyn Bridge

(37/100 Strangers) This is Ahmed. I found him on The Brooklyn Bridge. Originally from Egypt, he's been here for the last 4 years. After a few moments of warming up, Ahmed was a great sport, coming up with several poses on the spot. As he go…

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Added: July 3, 2013
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