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Humans of Sixth Street on Halloween

Story and photos by Selah Maya Zighelboim

Sixth Street fills with a colorful myriad of characters, faces painted with bright red scars or hidden behind Scream masks. During Halloween, we hide our identities underneath wigs and costumes, but behind each disguise is a human being. Inspired by photographer Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York, these are the humans of Sixth Street on Halloween.

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“We dress up like this every year. It’s tradition. Isn’t Day of the Dead what Halloween is all about?”

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“I got more attention earlier when I wasn’t wearing leggings but then children started coming around so I figured I better put my genitalia away.”

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“The cost of a drum set is like a thousand frickin’ dollars I don’t have, and I can make a thousand frickin’ dollars playing on buckets.”

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“We like seeing all the costumes.”
“What’s the best costume you’ve seen?”
“Kevin’s. Everyone likes Kevin’s.”

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“I am judging all these people out here as sinners. I know because I was one. I am one.”

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“Can the photo be like a together thing?”

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“I stitched it myself. We just moved from Pennsylvania so I don’t have a sewing machine.”

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“The costume is about 45 pounds. It’s mostly in the back. I put in a lot of padding so it doesn’t hurt.”

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