Heading home on the Q train yesterday when this young black guy nods off on the shoulder of a Jewish man. The man doesn’t move a muscle, just lets him stay there. After a minute, I asked the man if he wanted me to wake the kid up, but he shook his head and responded, “He must have had a long day, let him sleep. We’ve all been there, right?”
He was still sleeping soundly when I got off the train 20 minutes later.
It was a small gesture, but a kind one. I love New Yorkers!
NYC always gets a bad rap, almost always, by people who have never even visited here let alone lived here. When I first moved to NYC I didn’t know anyone. I was moving into my apartment on my first day and the only two big items I had in my little UHaul with me were a sofa and a small dresser. I lived on the second floor and figured I’d just muscle them up some way or another. I had them sitting on the sidewalk while I was carrying up some of the smaller things.
This was in late November so it was pretty chilly out and there weren’t a lot of people out walking around. While I was down there once making a trip I guy walking down the sidewalk saw the sofa sitting there and, out of nowhere, asked if I needed help lugging it up. I said yes and we grabbed it and got it up in no time (it was a pretty light sofa). He even helped me with the dresser even though I told him I could handle that. I offered to pay him after he helped me and he refused. I have no idea if the guy even lived in the neighborhood or just happened to be walking through, I never saw him around again.
Anyway, New York City is a huge place filled with all kinds of people. Literally millions of acts of kindness like this and similar happen all over this city everyday that you will never hear about. So the next time someone starts talking about how dangerous or “unfriendly” people in NYC are just try and show them a small snapshot of NYC.