Humans of New York

Today we’re taking a break from our usual selection of awesome products to highlight an issue you may not be aware of.  Humans of New York is an amazing blog documenting the many characters of New York. It’s a photographic census of NYC, and along with the images are often short stories about the people featured. Since 2010, HONY, and it’s founder Brandon Stanton have provided us with daily snippets of the individuals that make up our city. Last year Mr. Stanton was approached by the DKNY fashion line to purchase a large number of his photographs for an ad campaign. The price was well below market value, and Stanton refused. This it was discovered they had been used anyway, without consent or compensation, in a window display in Bangkok  Thailand.  Instead of asking for personal compensation, Stanton asked DKNY (owned by the multi-national luxury goods conglomerate LYMH) to donate $100,000 to the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA to send kids in his Brooklyn neighborhood to summer camp. DKNY has offered to donate only $25,000, so Stanton is working to raise the remaining $75,000 through an Indie Gogo page and has already surpassed DKNY’s contribution. $100,000 means 300 kids will go to summer camp. It may seem like a small thing but having attending YMCA summer camp myself, I can’t overstate the value, particularly to urban kids. Please join us in supporting Brandon Stanton and Humans of New York in this worthy cause!

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