This side alley caught my eye while walking down Canal Street in New York yesterday. The scene on Canal has changed quite a bit since I lived in the city. If anything, there is a more frenetic pace to the stretch between Broadway and Mott. I miss the weekend flea market that was a mainstay for years, no sign of it now. The unfortunate part of this walk was that my wife Wendy had her pocketbook picked sometime around when this photo was snapped, and the bum relieved us of over $100. First time this happened to us in our many visits to the city, and all the time I lived here. I don’t think it’s an indication of crime getting worse in the city, since the 80’s the place has become down right family friendly. Just bad luck, and a very crowded Canal street, perfect for pickpockets.