The stories you hear from people on the streets can touch your heart, and a photograph is all you need to capture that special moment in time. Humans of New York (HONY) is a project created to do just that.
Here are our picks for the 15 most touching stories from HONY.
#15: Brotherly Love
"What's your favorite thing about your brother?""Nothing!"
"Yet they won't sleep in different beds," said Dad.
#14: Forever Young And In Love
These two were acting like complete teenagers. When I walked up, she was nuzzling her head against his shoulder. She giggled the entire time I talked with them, while he kept a big goofy grin on his face. And whenever I asked about their relationship, she clutched his arm, looked at him just like this, giggled, then said: "We're not telling!"
#13: Good Dad
"He sings to each of his kids individually when it's time for them to go to bed."
#12: Doing It On My Own
"Do you remember the most frightened you've ever been?""When I thought I'd have to raise my son alone. His father and I weren't getting along.""Sounds like you worked things out with the father?""No. The fear just went away when I learned I could do it on my own."
#11: Digital Love
"We met on OKCupid three months ago.""What were your usernames?""MiriamsDad.""SallyForth13"
"If my battery wasn't low, I'd pop this thing back on two wheels right now."
#9: Leaving Life
"I decided to leave my life eight months ago. Since then, I've been to Finland with a Latin American ballroom dancing team, toured Sweden with a Greek, met some Canadians in Amsterdam to watch the Olympics, and I'm about to head to Iraq to teach social media to soldiers in war zones."
#8: Gap Year
"I took a gap year. And a half. I was feeling a bit lost and wasn't sure what I wanted to do.""Do you know now?""Not really."
#7: Most Beautiful Smile
"Before the chemo, I had this long, beautiful hair that everyone was always commenting on. But when we first met, he walked up to me and said: 'Has anyone ever told you that you have the most beautiful smile?'"
#6: Feel 18, Look 60
"One day you'll feel eighteen, look sixty, and wonder what happened."
#5: A Plan To Be Happy
"When I was 20, I made a plan to get a good job and be secure. Now I'm 35, and I need a plan to be happy."
#4: Delusions Of Grandeur
"I came here to try to be a musician or an actor, but sometimes I fear that I'm suffering from delusions of grandeur. It seems that all my time and money, which should be going toward creative endeavors, is being used up just trying to survive."
#3: Work Hard, Ride Bikes
"What's your favorite thing about your dad?""He works really hard outside. But after that, he still rides bikes with me."
#2: The Candy Optimist
I asked her dad why she was carrying a candy bucket.He said: "She's an optimist."
#1: Still Sexy
"What's your favorite thing about your wife?""She's sexy."