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
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
Norma was a nun. She worked in hospitals assisting nun/nurses for many years until she became ill.
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.”
Augie was a friend of and worked with the singer Tony Bennett. The woman dancing with him takes care of him.
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: