Down There

The New York Subway is one of the most extensive rapid transport system in the world. A vast network of well over 460 stations and 650 miles of passenger track that runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A twisting, turning, underground maze of connectivity that also offers warmth and light and serves as refuge to thousands of New York’s homeless. I doubt there are many subway stations in Manhattan without a ‘permanent resident’. Some spend the whole of the winter in or around its tunnels and platforms. Below are just a few photographs taken on a single journey across Manhattan.

Down There

Down There

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Down There

There is a stunning documentary called ‘Dark Days’ by Marc Singer, it is a real eye opener and not for the faint of heart. For those who have not seen it:

15 thoughts on “Down There

    • A well know British politician once said “the homeless are what you step over when you come out of the opera” sums it up really. Thanks for the comment.

    • And mine …………… I am starting to think that I should just go and photograph birds or rainbows or fluffy clouds. It would be much better for my blood pressure.

  1. The second last one brings home a powerful message. Are these people our trash? Not that they are worthless… but are these the people society has thrown away like garbage?

    • I am sure that the politicians of New York are hoping that if they leave them at the side of the road long enough somebody will pick them up and dump them a few miles away so that they don’t have to deal with it.

      • What Emma Lazarus (via The Statue of Liberty) called ‘wretched refuse’ (albeit in another context). Thank you so much for continuing to bring us these powerful images.

  2. A few thoughts, VERY powerful images. It is sad that this even exists and having seen it personaly here at home and abroad I conclude on thought. Are these people here because of there own actions or are they here becasue of a system that has completly failed to provide everyone with the means to have a lifestyle and or livelyhood. The homeless population is growing, and will continue to do so… Sad that we live in a world of selective WE TAKE CARE OF OUR OWN mentality. Show these to the president and lets see if he gives a damn.

  3. Something’s wrong. People fall through the cracks. I know that some people choose to live on the street, for whatever reason. Some of the people on the street are ill and were lost when outreach programs ended. But how can we constantly help other countries, even enemies, and not do something for the people like those in these photographs. Our money is thrown away while people suffer. I don’t think there are easy answers. I do think that we are investing in the wrong things. Our reality is made up of many levels and it’s easy to see some of those levels in your pictures. Thank you for the photographs.

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