Ten Memorable Humans of New York Moments of 2014

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8. The Girl Who Still Seeks Passion


“I wasn’t lucky enough to have ever found what I wanted to do. Don’t get me wrong— I did nicely. But I never found my passion.”

Brandon has knowingly or unknowingly captured magic; the way the innocence and honesty in the lady’s eyes is captured is amazing. And a message so simple, that there is no time limit to know what we need in life. The proof of the statement can be found in the smile of the subject.

9. He Who Asks For Nothing But Still Gives His Smile.


“My mother and I lost our apartment when the landlord raised the rent. She went to live in my aunt’s attic in New Jersey, but there were too many stairs there, so I had to go to the homeless shelter. Most of the people at the shelter have addiction problems and mental issues. I’m living with people that I never thought I’d have to live with. The M35 is the only bus that goes to the shelter. Disabled people are supposed to get on first. But as soon as it gets to the stop, everyone rushes in until it’s full, and the bus driver is too intimidated to say anything. A lot of times it leaves without me.”


The man in the photo has requested that funds not be raised for him. He is in the process of finding a place with his brothers and would like to figure out his living situation on his own, but he thanks everyone so much for their well wishes and thoughts.

Brandon uploaded this picture on Christmas Day, 2014. A man at a station has no home. No support to live.  Not even access to mobility. But tells his story to a stranger at the station. The best part, he makes it a point to tell Brandon that he does not need any money raised. All of which summed up in a smile.

10. The Cop With Another Side

traffic cop

“I’m a traffic cop. It’s a job. Somebody’s got to do it. I don’t even represent myself when I’m working. If I was representing myself, I’d let everyone off with a warning. I represent a system. Did I design the system? No. I just enforce it. It’s not for me to decide the system. We elect the people who decide the system. When I write a ticket, everyone tells me a reason that they don’t deserve it. If I gave a warning to everyone with a reason, I wouldn’t give any tickets, and the system wouldn’t work. I don’t get any joy by giving a ticket. And I’m not upset if you beat it in court. It’s not personal. It’s my job.

Recently, there has been a lot written about cops and in a matter of a couple of hundred words, this cop managed to tell the untold, unseen, uncared for side of the story. This picture yells out to everyone how cops too, are humans. And they are there just for the people.

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  • James Canon

    Wonderful compilation – hope Brandon sees this. He is definitely the person of the year in my book

  • Helena V.

    I love the chosen photos, but I find the added captions unnecessary; it would be nice to let the reader discover the meaning on his/her own, I think. But thank you for sharing!