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In New York City, there is no greater divide between the haves and, quite literally, the have-nots than in Midtown Manhattan. According to reports from CBRE in 2012, rents between 49th and 59th Street on 5th Avenue were $3,000/ sq ft. Tourists line up to pay $60 for a t shirt and there are 24 hour computer stores. However, lost amongst the glitz and glamor are those who have fallen through the cracks of city society. Those whose stories are too infinite to mention and whose circumstances are too complicated to explain. They sleep on church steps and subsist on hand outs and charity.

If you have followed this journal you have seen some of these photos before.  One could argue that it has been some what exploitative of me to use others destitution as “art”. I assure you that was never my intention, but only to simply showcase life as I saw it. However, I think there may be some merit to that argument. In order to rectify this I am re-presenting those same photos in this journal specifically to raise awareness to their plight.

In the end, it really doesn’t matter what keeps them on the streets, be it drugs, or mental illness, or disability, or anything else; just as it doesn’t matter what you do about it, as long as you do something. Give something. Even if all you do is think about it and discuss it in polite company. I hope that by doing this journal I have done something. I hope to do more.

Silhouette
Photo by Mark Giarrusso, 2013
Sitting
Photo by Mark Giarrusso, 2013
Guitar
Photo by Mark Giarrusso, 2013
Sign
Photo by Mark Giarrusso, 2013
Cold
Photo by Mark Giarrusso, 2013
Sleeping
Photo by Mark Giarrusso, 2013
Flute
Photo by Mark Giarrusso, 2013
Umberella
Photo by Mark Giarrusso, 2013

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