In fact, if you had to pick one statistic from the common box score to tell you as much as possible about whether a player helps or hurts his team, it isn’t how many points he scores. Nor how many rebounds he grabs. Nor how many assists he dishes out. It’s how many steals he gets.
Stepping off the elegant sweep of the Grand Concourse into the housing court, it was as if each floor had the frenetic energy of a souk. Mothers held tight to wailing babies; elderly men inched forward on walkers; an Ecuadorean mother with long braided hair counted the minutes until she had to leave for work. A tiny white-haired Dominican woman sat in a courtroom, rocking, holding herself so tight her fingers wrapped her shoulders.
Washington Square Park, Madison Square Park, Bryant Park and other public spaces were once potter’s fields. Human remains have been unearthed in Washington Square over the years, and most likely linger in other city parks.