Said the jumpy 20-something black man in front of my local bodega, where he usually asks passersby for money, to a 50-something white woman walking her shiny black Field Spaniel. He followed them for about a quarter block, though I’ve always known him to be harmless — it was more like he was following the thought. He stopped when she turned around, not looking him head on but making clear she was aware of him.
Has anyone noticed there seem to be more people on the streets lately? The other day, I also saw a man new to my neighborhood, who looked to be East Indian in his 40s or early 50s politely approaching people and, without speaking, holding up a sign saying he needed money or a place to stay.