The coolest dude in Harlem

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He was sitting in the window of Starbucks on 125th Street in the heart of Harlem, New York City, and I couldn't stop myself. I went in and told him he had a great tie, and could I take a picture ?

He replied: "300 bucks".

I laughed and said I was English and couldn't manage that (as if being English had anything to do with it).

He pretended to be disappointed, and said, "OK, go ahead, but you're stabbing me in the back". I fired off a dozen shots in case he changed his mind, and he started chanting to the crowd around us " He's stabbing me in the back, he's stabbing me in the back".

Then he laughed and I got this shot.

sam b-r, since1968, annappleaday, and 338 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. annie soga 87 months ago | reply

    his neck is so skinny!! i've had fun encounters in that same starbucks as well.

  2. andy.amadeus [deleted] 86 months ago | reply

    Wicked photo.. real cool dude too.
    Eyo! Feel free to post your photos in the new City Life group -

  3. Maria Donatelli 85 months ago | reply

    the photo is amazing and the story makes it even better!

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  5. Teeny! 85 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called a view from starbucks, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  6. A n d a r í n 85 months ago | reply

    haha, great shot, great story
    i must remember that... i am english thing! :)))

  7. 99Sense 85 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Negro, Please, and we'd love to have your photo added to the group.

  8. Chrissie64 84 months ago | reply

    Great story!

  9. bayaniboulder 83 months ago | reply

    thats a rad old pimp!

  10. vestitoverde (christine jean chambers) 83 months ago | reply

    This is an amazing shot. awesome expression, and composition.

  11. eternalheartsong 82 months ago | reply

    this picture makes me happy <3.

  12. I Believe... 78 months ago | reply


    i adore this entire portrait set..

  13. kudzu720 74 months ago | reply

    style and class.

  14. Pablo's Photos! 72 months ago | reply

    thats the PIMP from 125th street!!
    Your lucky you walked out that place!

  15. golddiamond5 71 months ago | reply

    love it !!!!!!!!

  16. lovedart. 69 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called The Great Eternal Cool, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  17. Tony Fischer Photography 69 months ago | reply

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  19. Ashley Freckles 28 months ago | reply

    This really captures the "cool" of Harlem!

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