9 most NY moments from Humans of New York


We love Humans of New York! Here are a few times photographer Brandon Stanton captured people who embodied the essence New York City.

9. Just a reminder. . .

Just a reminder that we’re all dreamchasers perfecting the craft of the side hustle.

“My wife and I were both on the six figure plan. I was thinking that if I could get to $100,000 a year, I’d be all right. I studied information systems and economics in college. I had a decent paying job at the 311 call center. Every morning I’d wake up early then fall back asleep on the subway. It was like that Groundhog’s Day movie. The ‘deferred life plan’ wasn’t working for me. Everyone kept telling me that all I needed was another master’s degree, or another certification, but I was done with it. So I quit my job and decided to be a musician. I turned off the TV. I turned off the radio. I devoted myself full time to music. I’d never played an instrument before, so I found some YouTube videos that taught me basic chord progressions on guitar and keyboard. I was really bad for a long time. I wondered if I’d made a mistake. But when I listened to the early work of famous musicians like Dr. Dre, they weren’t that good either. I thought: ‘I’m just as smart as them. And they were like me once. So if they got there, so can I.’ I started driving a cab so I could control my own hours. I’d get off at 2 AM and make music until 5 AM, but I’d still wake up happy because life had a purpose now. I called my first album ‘Better Than Fantastic,’ because that’s how it felt. I’ve handed out 10,000 of them. I give one to everyone who rides in the cab.”

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8. Art is everywhere

Some art costs an arm and a leg. Some art is an arm and a leg.

7. Random Friendships.

You can make the best of friends in the most random situations because New York.

"I broke his nose in a mosh pit."

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5. . . . Love

Love is in the air.

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4. Our teachers are cooler than yours!

"I teach 11th grade."

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3. Plus, all the cool kids are here!

Today in microfashion…

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2. We are not conceited, we’re confident.

“A coworker asked for my number the other day. My friends overheard and said: ‘He must have a thing for Indians.’ I was like, ‘Or maybe I’m just really fucking cool.'”

1. In the end, we can always agree to disagree.

“If everyone in the room believes the same thing, I get worried.”