A Better Future #nyc #newyork #manhattan #blackandwhitenewyorkcity #streetcandid #streetlife #cityscape #citylife #iphoneography I've been working in Manhattan since I was twenty, always with jobs that have me traversing it from end to end each day. There have always been homeless people,but lately (and by lately I mean the last few years) the amount of able bodied young white kids sitting on corners with signs has increased an absurd amount. I started seeing them pop up shortly after 9/11. At the time they were always holding signs stating "need $X amount to get a bus home" . Once I passed a girl with a sign saying she only needed 20 more dollars for a ticket on 7th Ave and 23rd. I gave her 20. I saw here two weeks later with the same sign off of third avenue. I engaged in conversation with her and found out she was essentially a student who did this on short days and netted anywhere between 10-35 dollars an hour. Needless to say that was the last time I dropped a dollar to these bus ticket grifters. While you still see those guys occasionally i feel like you see a scene like this more often. Is this a new grift? Are these kids actually homeless? Why do they always have dogs? Why do they always have signs and never, ever actually verbal ask for anything?