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By Carol Tannenhauser
If you are seized by a desire to help in this extraordinary time, it does not require a medical degree. You can start small. An UWS man discovered that by making eye contact with and offering a smile to strangers he passed on the street (at a distance), he could make some people feel better. One of his recipients stopped and told him so.
Here is this week’s lovely, but lonely UWS Encounter. It is a smile of a story. Watch the video that follows it for the full experience.
“I knew it would all be okay.”
Two days after moving to the UWS from D.C., I took my first subway commute as a real New Yorker from 72nd St. to Christopher St. to start my job. Sure, I’d ridden the subway during visits, but I was shocked at the crowds. After three trains came and went, I realized a Monday morning commute would take more gumption and finally elbowed myself on. When I did, my fellow commuters and I were treated to an upbeat a capella rendition of “This Little Light of Mine,” which I took as a good sign. After two years, I changed jobs and while taking the 1-2-3 to my last day of work, I got melancholy thinking about how I’d miss my easy Upper/Lower West Side commute. Just then, the same a capella group, whom I had not seen or heard since that day, struck up a rendition of the same song and I knew it would all be ok.
Let your light shine. Send an encounter or experience you’ve had in the neighborhood to firstname.lastname@example.org — 175 words or less, real names, please. Your words could make a lot of other people feel better or not alone. In light of current circumstances, we’ll also accept mini essays and reflections about life on the UWS during the Coronavirus crisis. If we post your words, we’ll give you a byline and a WSR mug.
For a jumpstart, read more of our Encounters columns here.