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The People of Bright Side Manor

Bright Side Manor is a private not for profit senior citizens housing facility in Teaneck, New Jersey. I recently had the opportunity to photograph the residents there and learn a bit about their stories

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Harold was a New York City detective for many years. When Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was in New York City on one occasion Harold intervened when a woman tried to stab him with a knife. Harold became part of Dr. King’s security detail whenever he came to New York. The men remained friends. Harold always wears a coat and tie

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Norma was a nun. She worked in hospitals assisting nun/nurses for many years until she became ill.

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Elliot was a commercial interior designer. He worked at times for Time Magazine and Life Magazine. His colleagues at Life Magazine gave him a gift of an original photo by Alfred Eisenstadt, the iconic photographer. This photograph is called “Mystic Connecticut.”

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Augie was a friend of and worked with the singer Tony Bennett. The woman dancing with him takes care of him.

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Trish was a camp counsellor among other things. She was jealous of her brother’s motorcycle so she got a teal colored motorcycle and rode it around town.

Below is a slide show of some of the other residents:

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2 responses

  1. wisewoman8@aol.com

    Love this essay. Wish you could do a thumbnail on each slide. A heap of living in those photos. Thanks, Juanita

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    September 18, 2016 at 11:50 PM

    • They are a wonderful group. Unfortunately I did not have time to get everybody’s story.

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      September 19, 2016 at 12:59 AM

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