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Sunnyside’s Invisible Poor

Sunnyside, NY–A middle-aged Hispanic woman lifted two gigantic bags of cans out of her grocery trolley on Monday and began to unload them into a recepticle outside of the Associated store on 45th Street.

The pile of cans represented a day’s work, the woman said in broken English. At 5 cents per can, the woman said she had probably accumulated about “veinticinco dólares” ($25:00). The woman was talking to other collectors who had gathered around the recepticle– and who had got to know one other over time. There was a young girl helping her disheveled mother.

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Tony

There are also a number of people living under the LIRR underpass at the end of 43rd st. That number has been increasing over the past year to two years.

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MoNYC

That being said, thanks SP for shedding some light on this matter and for giving the woman the dignity of concealing her identity.

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MoNYC

I’d have to partly agree with Patrick. Though in the five years that I’ve lived in the nabe it’s never been this bad. Last week, I saw I mom and kid pushing a shopping cart up 42nd St (btw 43rd Ave & Skillman) and accepted a bottle of water and what looked like a sandwich from a woman walking by. Peeps in the hood are definitely suffering.

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Patrick

Invisible, where do you live in Sunnyside? I suggest that there might be a disconnect between your Sunnyside perspective and the reality on the ground. And John, why would you insinuate that if she wasn’t collecting bottles she would be a thief? You guys need to get out more, Sunnyside has a wide range of cultures and incomes, believe it or not.

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