Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Easter In Harlem, New York 2006

So I see this lovely couple walking home from church on 128th St. and Fifth Ave. in Harlem. Mr. Gant is the Deacon Emeritus of his church, a title he proudly displays on his jacket.

I asked how long they lived in the neighborhood – like any long married couple they answered simultaneously – him “52 years!”, her “51 years!”. They spent the next few moments arguing the dates. He then turned to me and said that the neighborhood had always been nice, “People watch out for each other in our building-it’s a family building. When one of us gets sick, we do the best we can to care for that person.” Of everything he could have told me about living in Harlem for over fifty years, the first thing he mentioned was taking care of others.
Friends and family back in Indiana sometimes ask me how I can live in New York with so many people piled on top of each other. My answer? Neighbors like Mr. Gant.


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  1. minny

    April 18, 2006 at 5:48 pm

    so sweet!

  2. The Observer

    April 18, 2006 at 5:59 pm


    Satorialist, I really love your site. Please keep up the good work :)

  3. Anonymous

    April 18, 2006 at 7:14 pm

    It’s nice to see pride and diversity so beautifully displayed on your blog!

  4. Anonymous

    April 18, 2006 at 8:26 pm

    They look cool together. If only all people were as nice as they apparently are.

  5. Anonymous

    April 18, 2006 at 9:17 pm

    An exceptionally hansome couple! That’s not just a hat — that’s a statement!

  6. Anonymous

    April 18, 2006 at 10:59 pm

    As an indiana resident, I understand your relatives’ sentiment but you must counter, “how can you live in a state that runs five+ years behind on fashion trends?!”

  7. idonothingallday

    April 19, 2006 at 12:03 am

    sweet couple, nice commentary

  8. Anonymous

    April 19, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    One of the things I appreciate about your site is how your genuine love for the city and its inhabitants comes through in your images. I look forward to seeing the city daily through your lens. This piece is a prime example. Many people would have walked right by this couple, certainly if they were interested only in the most current designs. What is appealing and lasting about your site is the appreciation of the individual. A blog strictly about fashion would not be nearly as compelling.

  9. LBellatrix

    April 19, 2006 at 1:12 pm

    Oh wow…they remind me of some of my older relatives! Such a sweet picture.

  10. minny

    April 19, 2006 at 6:04 pm

    I visited these photos again today and was reminded of this poem:
    “The Chinese Checker Players”
    When I was six years old
    I played Chinese checkers
    with a woman
    who was ninety-three years old.
    She lived by herself
    in an apartment down the hall
    from ours.
    We played Chinese checkers
    every Monday and Thursday nights.
    While we played she usually talked
    about her husband
    who had been dead for seventy years
    and we drank tea and ate cookies
    and cheated.

    i love your blog. it’s such a breath of fresh air.

  11. Trenditional

    April 20, 2006 at 1:00 pm


    I enjoy your pictures and stories of NYC. They always make me long to be there. Hopefully when I retire, I’ll be able to spend several months of the year in NYC.

  12. invisible girl

    April 26, 2006 at 8:03 pm

    Your site is beautiful.

    Thanks for the stories and the styles.

  13. Anonymous

    April 27, 2006 at 7:19 am

    Lovely blog, great photos and even nicer comments. It’s heartening to see Harlem depicted as having a soul. That is not the image we get from American movies that reach the Europena circuit. Well done.Cheers from Portugal

  14. Hilde

    April 27, 2006 at 1:43 pm

    I wish these people lived in my building… bless their hearts! Some people are the soul of a whole neighborhood. *sigh*

  15. Anonymous

    April 17, 2009 at 10:57 am

    So sweet…stories/pictures like these are why I love your blog so much…

  16. Anonymous

    January 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm

    YOU DA' MAN! Just happened upon your site(yes I live under a rock)Love it but I purposefully went to your archives to see the fashions you'd post around Easter-wondered if you'd have the sense to hang around the AMEs & other churches in Harlem on this highest of fashion holy days in the black community. I should have known you'd pick up all fashion not just some but you're so with it that you didn't turn it into some overwrought gimmick. Simple nod and then you moved on– Cool, very cool.

  17. Karen (Coco) Mitchell

    March 13, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Love them! Thank You!

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