This is one of those images where you literally have to see it to believe it.
I’ve watched some video footage on YouTube that reveals the decay of the city during the 70s & 80s, but your shot captures it very well with the man sitting on the stoop as comfortably as if it were the front porch to his home sweet home. We can only imagine what was running through his mind.
Was it relatively safe walking through these neighborhoods with a camera, Matt?
A blog I check out recently posted a documentary about third avenue in 1980. Definitely the less glamorous side of NYC back in the day, although I’m sure there are still similar situations today that are less apparent to the average tourist. If you haven’t already seen it: