A Man Called Freedom

Has been painting the larger than life stories of New York’s tunnel-dwellers for 30 years and counting. When the first tower was bombed, New York’s finest was given the order to sweep the tunnels. Those evicted and or jailed were charged with “quality of life” crime. It was estimated that 5,000 people, some in families, lived below ground at that time. One ‘mole’ said people scare him more than the trains and rats he contends with every day. Another man by the name of Carlos, lives and prays below the tracks with a fully stocked dorm-sized refrigerator. Among the things I noticed was the quality of each person’s skin, clear and taut, to say nothing of the invisibility with which some of us above-ground cloak ourselves to avoid ‘seeing’ those below. I noted as well how all the climbing and crawling keeps the subterraneans limber.
God bless Johnny and Sister Laurie who help those who dwell in the dark, who live below the radar, but not our hearts.


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