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15Tunnel Beneath Riverside Park, New York City

While we might think of the people living in the underground as homeless, after living in the tunnel beneath the Riverside Park in New York City for over 15 years, they wouldn’t describe themselves in that way. They have their own kind of homes, with beds, carpets, paintings hanging on

the walls, gas or wood stoves, etc. Some of them even have their pets in the “yard”. There are those who have outside jobs, but most of them are self-employed. For example, they collect scrap metal, bottles, old magazines, and other things they can sell or recycle. They use the public showers and self-service laundry, they collect coupons for their shopping, and, all in all, most of them live a happy life right there under the feet of other New Yorkers.

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