Brandon Stanton

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“Coming out of COVID I decided to own it. Instead of saying: ‘Nobody likes me,’ I flipped it around. I said: ‘There’s got to be a reason I haven’t met someone, and I’m going to figure it out.’ One of the first things I did was ask my fashionable friends..."
“One of my first days in New York—I went running with a friend in Central Park. I pointed at one of those big apartment buildings on 72nd Street, and said: ‘God, I’d give anything to live there.’ But the devil hears your prayers too. Ten years later I was jogging home..."
“I call it God’s Gift; it’s priceless. 1981 Oldsmobile Cutlass, right? I got a great deal on it. And I knew it matched my vibe. In the beginning it was all about the exterior. Visual stuff, you know what I mean: add-ons, and new rims, and new tires with fresh white walls..."
“He tried to be a life coach. One time he brought a green screen into our apartment, and filmed a video advertisement. I could hear him saying: ‘Do you want to change your life? Do you want to make better decisions?’ I remember thinking how funny that was; him wanting to be..."
"Our teacher has no hair and he really wants everyone to be quiet."
“I was visiting a friend in New York. By then I was like bones; I was using all the time. And at some point she finally told me to leave. It was 5 AM. I had nothing but a hoodie, and it was negative degrees. In one hand was a bottle with 45 pills of Xanax..."
“It was the end of a sixteen-year marriage. I’d just turned 50. I wasn’t young anymore. And I knew what it was like to be single in New York; I didn’t feel equipped to do it again. We started the divorce process a week before the pandemic hit. None of my usual..."
“He dresses basic.”
This is the funniest things I’ve read in a while. Thanks humans of New York.
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“From all sour faced saints, deliver me O’ Lord. I don’t want to be with a grouch, a crab, a crocodile in a moat. The grumps are a small minority. But they’re vocal. Yes, the grumps are vocal. They have unresolved things, maybe from their childhood. They’re not disconnected..."
“He doesn’t love me, that’s for sure. You can project human qualities onto these things until they bite your ass cheek. He bit my ass cheek. Middle of the night, wife asleep in the bed, I bend over to pick something up, and he bites me right on the ass. He’s very dangerous..."
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“This might be the first conversation I’ve had in years that lasted more than five minutes. There’s a woman in the grocery store, at the checkout stand, that I see once a month. She’s very nice and very kind. I always look forward to seeing her. We’ll have a two, or three...
Iran is the first country outside the US where I ever collected interviews. I remember how nervous I was. This was over ten years ago. There hadn’t been a nuclear deal yet. I didn’t have a ‘fixer.’ I hadn’t even been working long enough to know what a ‘fixer’ was..."
“We do a lot of old lady shit together: reading in the park, going to the grocery store, going to sleep early, cooking breakfast the next morning. I took a super iconic photo of Erin at 9 PM on a Saturday night, on the couch, wrapped in a blanket, doing Sudoku puzzles with..."
“Every time Muhammad Ali had fights, the Blacks would show out. There’d be pictures in Jet Magazine. Everyone would be by the ring in their macrame hot pants and gold belts. I was inspired. I took a pair of pants and cut them so fucking short my pockets were coming out..."
“Last night I watched Casablanca for the 400th time on Channel 82. That’s enough. I don’t care what kind of bug is going around. I’m going to the movies!”
“It’s like being in Hawaii. That’s the feeling. There’s no pressure, and you never want to leave. You want to stay right there and relax. You want that temporary feeling forever. But it goes away, and the pressure always comes back. Life is pressure: job interviews, things..."
“I’m aware of it all day, every day. We’re triggered all the time, even the best of us. On the plane ride here. I’m sitting next to a casting director from Broadway, and I asked him what he thought about a particular show. He took a long pause..."
"He doesn't have no sibling either."
“Get a plant and name it after yourself. I tell that to everyone, especially if they have trouble with self-love. Take care of your plant every day. Water it, make it beautiful. If your plant is growing and nourishing, that means you’re growing and nourishing..."
“I packed on the muscle to cover it up. What our neighbor did to me; when I was a kid. It left such a darkness and shadow inside me. So much anger and sexual confusion. My high school wrestling coaches used to test me for steroids every single week; that’s how much anger and..."
"It's just nice to find someone who doesn't judge you that you can judge other people with."
“My wife was the quarterback. Listen, I’m man enough to say that. I led the way on the exciting stuff like vacations and road trips: ‘Let’s go to Maryland for no reason,’ and stuff like that. But she led the way at home. Our kids are sweethearts because of her..."
“I just learned multiplication. Multiplication is math. But it’s a little harder than doing plus. You have to divide. Then you do like minus ten.”
“We’ve got to get Jessica’s flowers ready. She just started her company Golden Sol Florista. Today is her first event, and she’s freaking out that we’re going to be late. I’m telling her, Jessica. Relax. I’m a phenomenal driver. Me and Jessica have the same birthday: March 2nd.."
Happy Birthday to the greatest gift I’ve ever received, the one who saved my life and helped make me the man I am today! I love and miss you more every single day! #WinForGianna 🙏🏼�cYqW
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It is impossible to conceive that David McCullough is no longer with us. He is among our greatest historians, writing with an almost magical command of language and story. 1/2
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I serendipitously met John this past Tuesday at a work dinner at Craft, and he just sat down next to me. I did not know his story. What I did know is that his energy, perspective, outlook, and spirit was captivating. I walked away from that dinner invigorated & encouraged.…
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Please Read this. The whole thing. When you have time. When you’re being bombarded by all the noise that second or first chances are never the answer.…
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We’ve always known John was a great human and now the rest of the world does. We’re lucky to have him at Craft.…
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This is one of the most incredible things I’ve ever read. Take 5 minutes and read @Craft_NewYork manager John Gargano’s story. Seriously. Thank you Brandon @humansofny…
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(13/13) “In prison there was a pill cart. They’d wheel it out at 5 PM, and they’d shout: ‘pill line!’ And everyone would get in line for pills. I wouldn’t do it. I told the warden: ‘I’d rather die. Either I keep my pills in my locker, or I’m not taking them....’"
(12/13) “I spent the 4th of July alone in my new place. It’s a nice one-bedroom, overlooking the river. I cooked my favorite meal. Hard shell crabs, spread over pasta. I sat on the balcony and watched the fireworks. And suddenly I start crying like a baby, thinking..."
(11/13) “I’m not going to lie, man. I haven’t been an angel. I slipped. During the pandemic: alone in my room all day, no job, collecting food stamps, another year of my life down the drain. I slipped. But each time I’d think of Obama: how they ridiculed this man..."
(10/13) “I was 48 years old when they let me out. Twelve years of incarceration. The HIV medication had decayed my bones so badly, I could barely walk. I needed two full hip replacements. When they were checking me out at Discharge, the guards made a joke. They said: ‘See you..."
(9/13) “August 3rd, 2016. There was heat that took the breath out of you: Alabama, 150-degree, muggy, humid, nasty fucking heat. Thankfully I was the landscape clerk, so I had my own desk. I was sitting there when I heard this jive turkey redneck voice over the intercom..."
(8/13) “I remember the night Obama got elected. Very few times in the history of my stay in prison, would something so earth-shattering happen, that it would lift the spirits of the whole compound. But it was one those nights. 11 o’clock is normally a dead time in prison..."
(7/13) “When I got this job—I started at the bottom. Serving beers in a beer garden for $10 an hour. But I’m relentless. I did whatever I had to do: show up thirty minutes early, look your best, act your best. Do jobs that aren’t yours. If the table is 95 percent clean..."
(6/13) “The other night I was having dinner on the patio with someone who was in prison with me. We were sitting under these $20,000 custom Swiss-made umbrellas. We ordered something simple. But when you’re the boss, they bring you everything. All of it served in copper plates.."
(5/13) “I’ve tried therapy five times. And I’ve quit five times. They torture me with questions, just like you’re doing. How do you feel? How do you feel? There is no feel. My nerve tips have been incinerated. By HIV, by meth, by prison. The only thing I feel is the throttle..."
(4/13) “The first place they took me was MCC in New York. Same floor Epstein killed himself. When they closed the door of that cell, I remember looking at the graffiti all over the walls. Grime everywhere. Hair on the floor a quarter inch deep. And sitting in the middle..."
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