Forgotten Faces: Christopher on Avenue A [PHOTOS]

Posted on: June 4th, 2014 at 12:26 pm by

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Photo: Adam Goyette

Forgotten Faces” is a photo essay series from New York City based photographer Adam Goyette that uncovers stories about the people you see on the streets of New York. Most of the time, pedestrians just pass by without giving a second thought. However, these faces have names and stories, and these are just a few.


On the corner of Avenue A and East 9th street most days sits a man panhandling for loose change. He doesn’t ask for much, just a quarter from the people heading out to Sunday brunch. Most pass by without acknowledging him. Yet when the occasional person does give him a dollar, the gratitude comes across like a cannon shot – “Thank you so fucking much man! Wow!” The loud, exuberant ex-rocker lookalike is a dude named Christopher, and what follows is a little of his story:

BOWERY BOOGIE: What is your name and how old are you?

CHRISTOPHER: My name is Christopher, I would rather not say my last name if you don’t mind. I’m 46 years old. Can you believe that? I am getting old. That’s the thing, too, once you start getting old like me, I mean most of my friends either have left and gone away or they died. It can be real lonely man not knowing people like that anymore.

BB: Where do you spend most of your day?

C: I’m usually around the neighborhood; I’m in the park a lot if it is nice. I have been down in this neighborhood since 1988. Yeah. 1988, man. So I have seen it all. Fuck, I used to play in a rock band around here in the 80s. I played guitar. But I gave it all up and I got nothing left man. Nothing at all. Not even a guitar or nothing.

BB: What’s your plan for tomorrow?

C: I’ll be around here probably. I got this friend who is making a movie and he wants me to be in it, so I need to call him. It’s some post apocalyptic bullshit movie and he wants to pay me a hundred bucks just to walk around and be filmed or something. You believe that? That’s pretty good money for just walking around. I did it once before for him.

BB: What brought you to New York?

C: I was born in the Bronx. I grew up here. I used to live in Connecticut, too, for a little while but came back here. I still have family there. My mom and dad are dead now but I have an aunt up there. I talked to her a while back and told her how lonely it is here. She kept saying that there are 9 million people in New York so how could it possibly be lonely. It just is man. People walking by are just doing their own thing; you don’t ever even talk to anyone. But as much as I fucking hate New York City, I am not sure where else I would even go, man.

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