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MetroFocus: February 13, 2020

Suicide attempts among black teens are increasing at alarming rates. What’s driving this heartbreaking trend and how do we stop it? JustFix.nyc has developed an app that’s helping tenants all across the city turn the tables on their lousy landlords. We’ll speak with Brandon Stanton, the man behind the viral sensation.

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>>> TONIGHT ON "METROFOCUS."

COMBATTING A SURGEON'S SUE

SIDES.

THE NUMBERS OF BLACK TEENS

TAKING THEIR LIVES HAS

INCREASED.

WE'LL LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING

WITH THIS TREND AND HOW NEW YORK

IS FIGHTING TO SAVE LIVES.

THEN A KNACK FOR HOUSING

JUSTICE.

THE ADVOCACY GROUP JUST FIXED

NYC HAS DEVELOPED AN INNOVATIVE

APPROACH TO HELP NEGLECTED

TENANTS TURN THE TABLES ON LOUSY

LANDLORDS.

WE'LL SHOW YOU HOW.

PLUS, GARNERING ATTENTION AROUND

THE WORLD.HO BEGIN?

THE MAN BEHIND THE VIRAL

SENSATION IS HERE TO TELL US.

THOSE STORIES AND MORE AS

"METROFOCUS" STARTS RIGHT NOW.

>> THIS IS "METROFOCUS" WITH

RAFAEL PI ROMAN, JACK FORD, AND

JENNA FLANAGAN.

>> "METROFOCUS" IS MADE POSSIBLE

BY

JAMES AND MERRYL TISCH,

SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III,

THE SYLVIA A. AND SIMON B. POYTA

PROGRAMING ENDOWMENT TO FIGHT

ANTI-SEMITISM.

BERNARD AND IRENE SCHWARTZ,

ROSALIND P. WALTER,

BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG,

AND BY --

>> WE MUST FIND OUT WHY BLACK

CHILDREN ARE TAKING THEIR LIVES

AT AN ALARMING RATE AND WE MUST

CONTINUE TO COULD THAT TOGETHER

AND DEVISE SOLUTIONS THAT WILL

PUT AN END TO IT.

>> GOOD EVENING.

WELCOME TO "METROFOCUS."

THE STATISTICS ARE STARTLING.

A NEW STUDY SHOWS THAT SUICIDE

ATTEMPTS AMONGAN ADOLESCENTS SU.

IT ROSE BY BY WHITE

TEENAGERS DROPPED 7.5%.

SO WHAT IS DRIVING THIS HEART

BREAKING REALITY?

JOINING US, THE STUDY'S LEAD

AUTHND EXECUTIVE

DIRECTOR THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

JOINING US TODAY.

>> TNK YOUORGME.

>> SO DOCTOR, YOU RECENTLY SAID

THAT THESE KIDS ARE TELLING US

SOMETHING WITH THESE HEART

BREAKING SUICIDE ATTEMPTS.

ASIDE FROM THEM TELLING US THAT

THEY'RE IN DEEP EMOTIONAL PAIN,

WHAT ELSE ARE THEY TELLING US?

>> THE FIRST THING THAT I LOOK

AT IS, A PRECURSOR ISSUE LIKE

DEPRESSION.

WHAT I MEAN BY IS,ID

ATTEMPTING SUICIDE MAY ACTUALLY

HAVE UNTREATED DEPRESSION.

WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT BLACK UTOR

DEPRESSION SYMPTOMS ARE OFTEN

EXPRESS IN THE DIFFERENT WAYS

THAN WE MIGHT NOT SORT OF BE,

YOU KNOW, WISE ABOUT.

A STOMACH ACHE OR A

HEADACHE, OR THEY MAY HAVE

INTERPERSONAL CHALLENGES IN

TERMS OF RELATIONSHIP QUALITY.

AND OFTENTIMES WE CAST THOSE

SITUATIONS ASIDE.

WE DON'T CONSIDER THEM TO BE

MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.

SYMPTOMATIC, FOR EX

DEPRESSION.

AND SO WE MIGHT IN SCHOOL,

SUSPEND KIDS AS OPPOSED TO

TREATING THOSE ISSUES.

SO I THINK THE KIDS ARE TELLING

US THAT THEY WANT TO BE HEARD

AROUND THE THINGS THAT MATTER TO

THEN THE MOST OF THE.

>> WHAT DID YOURESDISCOVER ABOU

THIS INCREASE IN DEPRESSION?

AMONG BLACK ADOLESCENTS, THAT IN

TURN IS LEADING TO THE SUICIDE

ATTEMPTS?

>> WELL, OUR STUDY WAS NOT ABOUT

LOOKING AT WHATDSE

IT WAS MORE ABOUT LOOKING AT THE

TRENDS, ENGAGE NYPD SUICIDE

BEHAVIORS OVER TIME.

SO AGAIN, AS YOU STARTED OFF

WITH WITH RESPECT TO THE 73%

RISE IN SUICIDE MP

ESSENTIALLY, WE BELIEVE THAT IN

PART, IT COULD BE RELATED TO THE

FACT THAT KIDS ARE, PARTICULARLY

BLACK KI A ENGAGING IN MORE

IMPULSIVE DECISION MAKING AROUND

SUICIDE BEHAVIOR.

BECAUSE AT THE SAME TIME, WE SAW

THAT SUICIDE IDEATION, IN TERMS

OF THINKING ABOUT SUICIDE AND S

DOWNWARD WHILE ATTEMPTS WERE

GOING UP.

WHAT WE'VE ALSO SEEN, ONE MORE

THING HERE.

WHAT WE'VE ALSO SEEN IS THAT

BLACK KIDS TEND NOT TO BE

CONNECTED TO TREATMENT FOR

DEPRESSION.

AND SO WE HAVE IN TERMS OF MY

REAR IE L UP IN

OF THINGS OVER THE YEARS THAT

MAY BE RELATED TO UNTREATED

DEPRESSION, INCLUDING STIGMA

RELATED TO MENTAL HEALTH SERVICE

IS FR NOT BEING

ABLE TO GET ALONG WITH THE

MENTAL HEALTH PROVIDER, OR THAT

THE PROVIDER WON'T UNDERSTAND

THEIR UNIQUE CIRCUMSTANCES.

>> AND GOING BACK TO WHAT YOU

SAID, THESE TEENS, THESE AD LESS

ENLTS, AREHIESBO

COMMITTING SUICIDE AND ABOUT HOW

TO GO ABOUT IT BUT THEY'R DOING

IT MORE.

WHICH MEANS THAT IT IS MUCH MORE

OF AN IMPULSE THING.

WHICH MAKES IT MORE TRAGIC,

RIGHT?

IF IT IS AN IMPULSE THING, IF

CAUGHT, YOULD SOMETHING

ABOUT IT.

>> YEAH.

YOU KNOW, I WANT TO BE CAREFUL.

BECAUSE IT IS MY SPECULATION AND

THAT OF MY FELLOW COLLEAGUES ON

THE STUDY THAT IT COULD BE

RELATED TO IMPULSEIVITY.

WE NEED TO DO MORE RESEARCH TOC.

IT IS SORT OF SCARY TO ME,

RIGHT?

THAT KIDS ARE ACTUALLY,

PARTICULARLY BLACK G TO AN ATTE

WITHOUT PLANNING OR THINKING

ABOUT IT.

SO IT REALLY BEGS THAT WE NEED

MORE RESEARCH TO TRULY

UNDERSTAND WHAT IS HAPPENING.

>> NOW, THE REPORT ALSO FOUND

THAT AMONG AFRICAN-AMERICAN

ADOLESCENTS, BLACK TEEN GIRLS

ARETT HIGHER

RATES THAN BLACK TEEN BOYS.

WHY?

>> I CAN POINT TO A NUMBER OF

THINGS AS POTENTIAL REASONS.

ONE IS, WE KNOW ABOUT GIRLS TEND

TO USE SOCIAL MEDIA ATHELEXP

INTERPERSONAL STRESS-RELATED TO

THE SOCIAL MEDIA USE.

IT HAS BEEN WELL DOCUMENTED THAT

GIRLS ACTUALLY EXPERIENCE HIGHER

LEVELS OF DEPRESSION.

IF SO, THAT MIGHT BE A

CONTRIBUTING OR.

DHE IMBALANCE COULD BE A

CONTRIBUTING FACTOR.

WE KNOW THAT GIRLS TEND TO

EXPERIENCE HIGHER LEVELS OF TEEN

DATING VIOLENCE.

I ALSO THINK, WHEN YOU TALK

ABOUT BLACK GIRLS, THERE COULD

BE A DOUBLE JEOPARDY GOING ONWI

DISCRIMINATION BASED ON RACE AND

GENDER.

>> YOU KNOW, THERE'S SOMETHING

ELSE I FOUND VERY INTERESTING.

IN YOUR STUDIES.

THAT EVEN THOUGH BLACK TEEN

GIRLS ARE COMMITTING, MAKING

THESE ATTEMPTS AT HIGHER

NUMBERS, WHEN BLACK TEEN BOYS

ATTEMPT IT, THEY USE MORE LETHAL

METHODS.

WHAT ARE THOSE METHODS THAT THEY

USE AND WHY DO YOU THINK THAT

IS>> I CASE.

WHAT THE FINDING ACTUALLY

SUGGESTED WAS THAT BLACK BOYS

ARE ENGAGING IN MORE, OR HAVING

MORE INJURY BY ATTEMPT.

WHICH MEANS THEY COULD BE

ENGAGING INOTET

AN WHICH TO ATTEMPT

SUICIDE.

YOU KNOW, I THINK A UP IN OF

THINGS COULD BE GOING ON THERE.

ONE IS THAT WE'VE SEEN ACTUALLY

OR ATTEMPTING SUICIDE BY HANGING

OR ASPHYXIATION, AND SO I THINK

WE NEED TO EXPLORE WHAT'S

HAPPENING WITH THAT.

WE'VE SEEN SOME DECREASES WITH

RESPECT TO WEAPONS, LIKE

FIREARMS, AS A METHOD OF SUICIDE

AMONG BLACK YOUTH IN THE LAST

COUPLE DECADES.

BUT I THINKORE

RESEARCH NEEDS TO BE UNDERTAKEN

TO TRULY UNDERSTAND WHAT'S

HAPPENING.

>> SO ONE O

AC Y LIKELY BE

ADISTRIBUTE UTSD TO GREATER

STRUCTURAL ISSUES AND I THINK WE

CAN UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS.

ALONG WITH THE DECLINE IN COPING

MECHANISMS.

ONE OF THOSE COPING MECHANISMS

THEY HAVE, AND WHY ARE THEY IN

DECLINE?

>> I THINK SUICIDE ATTEMPTS,

THINKING ABOUT SUICIDE, PLANNING

SUICIDE, ARE COPING MECHANISMS

THAT COULD BE IN PLAY INSTEAD OG

CONNECTED TO TREATMENT.

SO I THINK THAT UNDERSTANDING

WHAT FACTORS ARE CONTRIBUTING TO

WHY KIDS ARE NOT CONNECTED TO

TREATMENT, AND YOU KNOW, ONE OF

THE THINGS I'VE BEEN ADVOCATING

FOR, MY COLLEAGUES, WE NEED MORE

MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELLORS IN

SCHOOLS TO GIVE KIDS GREATER

PROXIMITY TO MENTAL HEALTH TR

OFTEN, RAFAEL, WHAT WE FIND, IS

THAT IN POOR COMMUNITIES, BLACK

AND BROWN COMMUNITIES, KIDS ARE

NOT ABLE TO ACCESS A MENTAL

HEALTH COUNSELLOR, OR IF THEY

HAVE A COUNSELLOR, THAT

COUNSELLOR IS THERE ONE DAY OUT

OF THE WEES SAY TUESDAY.

SO THAT MAKES NO SENSE IN TERMS

OF WHEN PROBLEMS ARE LIKELY TO

MANIFEST.

WE NEED MENTAL HEALTH

COUNSELLORS IN SCHOOLS

PROPORTIONATE TO THE NUMBER OF

KIDS IN SCHOOLS.HI REALLY,

REALLY IMPORTANT FACTOR HERE.

>> WHAT IS THE ONE THING THAT

YOU THINK MUST BE DONE THAT IS

NOT BEING DONE NOW?

>> I THINK THAT WE'RE DOING, AND

I APPLAUD THE WORK THAT IS

HAPPENING IN NEW YORK CITY.

I'VE BEEN AROUND THE COUNTRY TO

RECOGNIZE THAT WE NEED MENTAL

HEALTH COUNSELLORS IN SCHOOLS.

I THINK THAT IS THE ONE THING

THATNDO.

GET KIDS CONNECTED TO MENTAL

HEALTH COUNSELLORS, AVAILABLE IN

SCHOOLS, PROPORTIONATE TO THE

NUMBER OF KIDS IN THAT SCHOOL.

AND I THINK THAT COUNSELLORS

HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ACTUALLY

HELP TEACHERS UNDERSTAND THE NDO

MAY BE STRUGGLING.

THEY CAN HELP PRINCIPALS AND

OTHER ADMINISTRATORS IN THE

SCHOOL UNDERSTAND.

THEY CAN WORK FAMILIES TO HELP

PARENTS AND CAREGIVERS

UNDERSTAND THE SUBE SIGND

PRESENTATIONS THAT WE SHOULD BE

PAYING GREATER ATTENTION TO.

SO I STRONGLY ADVOCATE, AND THAT

OF MY COLLEAGUES, WE STRONGLY

ADVOCATE T PROON

SCHOOL MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES

THROUGH THE AVAILABILITY OF

COUNSELLORS TO KIDS WHO ARE IN

NEED OF THOSE SERVICES.

>> WITH, DR. LINDSEY, THANK YOU

FOR JOINING US AT EIGHT GLOK

THIS AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR

RK.>>OUR TIME.

THANK YOU.

>>> HAVE YOU EVER HAD A BAD

LANDLORD IN NEW YORK CITY?

IF YOU HAVEN'T, YOU PROBABLY

KNOW SOMEONE WHO HAS.FO TENANTS

PAINT, LEAKY PIPES AND

INSUFFICIENT HEAT IN THE WINTER

CAN UNFORTUNATELY BE COMMON

PLACE.

NEW YORK CITY'S RENT LAWS ARE

SUPPOSED TO FAVOR THE TENANT

OVER THE LANDLORD.

WHY ARE PEOPLE STILL LIVING IN

SUBSTANDARD HOUSING?

AS PART OF CSIHE

MISSION, WE'RE TAKING A LOOK AT

JUST FIX NYC.

IT HELPS PEOPLE NAVIGATE THE

IN WOUSI EASIER FOR TEN ANTS TO

KNOW AND EXERCISE THEIR RIGHTS.

HERE TO TELL US MORE, ONE OF THE

CO-FOUNDERS.

GEORGE, WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM.

>> THANK YOU FORAV SO OF COURSE

NOW IN THE WORLD WE LIVE IN, IF

YOU HAVE A PROBLEM OR A

QUESTION, THERE'S AN APP FOR

THAT.

SO GIVE AS YOU LITTLE OF THE

BACKGROUND OF JUST FIX NYC.

>> AS YOU TOUCHED ON, NEW YORK

CITY HAS A SERIOUS AFFORDABILITY

PROBLEM.

50% ARE RENT BURDENS.

ALMOST A QUARTER ARE SEVERELY

RENT BURDENED PAYING 50% OR MORE

OF THEIR INCOME ON RENT.

THAT DOESN'T TRANSLATE TO

QUALITY INHA IN FIVE RENTING

HOUSEHOLDS IN NEW YORK LIVE IN

APARTMENTS WITH THREE OR MORE

MAINTENANCE DEFICIENCIES AT ANY

TIME.

SO TRE ROACHES, RATS, LEAD

PAINT, MOLD.

SO WHEN I MET MY CO-FOUNDERS A

FEW YEARS AGO, WE WERE REALLY

INTERESTED IN HOW WE COULD

SUPPORT THE RIGHTS

MOVEMENT IN NEW YORK.

AND WE WERE COMING FROM

BACKGROUNDS IN TECHNOLOGY WILL

AND DESIGN AND WE WANTED TO SEE

IF THERE WERE WAYS TO USE THOSE.

AND SUPPORT TENANTS AND REALLY

OUR NEIGHBORS THAT WERE AT RISK

OF THE.

>> SO WHEN IT COPS TO AN APP

LIKE THIS, BECAUSE I WAS GOING

THROUGH IT.

AND IT SEEMS U OF, I

GUESS, CROWD SOURCING FOR LACK

OF A BETTER DESCRIPTION.

GETTING PEOPLE TO GLOM AND SHARE

WHO THEIR LAND LORD IS.

WHATASN'TNNT IS IT TO GET AS

MANY NEW YORKERS AS POSSIBLE TO

BE ENGAGING WITH THIS KIND OF A

PLATFORM TO GET AS MUCH

INFORMATION TOGETHER?

>> TABSOLUTELY.

WE DO A LOT OF WORK TO ANALYZE

ALL THE INFORMATION THAT TENANTS

ARE SUBMITTING THROUGH THE

VARIOUS TOOLS THAT WE OFFER.

AND WE ALSO LOOK AT A LOT OF

DIFFERENT DATA FROM THE CITY

ITSELF.

SO DIFFERENT AGENCIES ARE

PUBLISHING OPEN DATA ABOUT

HOUSING VIOLATIONS, FINANCES OF

BUILDINGS.

WE'RE LOOKING AT THAT TO

IDENTIFY WHAT ARE THE BUILDINGS

IN NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE MOST

AT RISK.

AND ALSO, WHO ARE THE LANDLORDS

THAT HAVE TRACK RECORDS OF BEING

BAD ACTORS ACROSS THEIR WHOLE

PORTFOLIO?

SO IT IS REALLY CRITICAL AS WE

TRY TO DO THAT KIND OF

IDENTIFICATION, SO THAT THE WORK

THAT ADVOCATES ARE DOING, THAT

THE CITY IS DOING, CAN BE REALLY

TARGETED OF THE IT IS O WHERE IF

AN 80/20 OR 90/10 PROBLEM OF 10

OR 20% OF THE LAND LORDS ARE

RESPONSIBLE FOR 80 OR 90% OF THE

ISSUES.

D WHO THE EALLY TARGETED WORK

LANDLORDS, THE CORPORATE

LANDLORDS, THE MANAGEMENT COPIES

THAT HAVE BAD TRACK RECORDS,

IDENTIFYING WHO THOSE COMPANIES

ARE SO THAT THE ENFORCEMENT AND

THE OUTREACH CAN BE REALLY

TARGETED AT THE BUILDINGS EAN P.

>> OF COURSE, YOU DID JUST STAY

CORPORATE LANDLORDS.

SO MUCH OF THE CONVERSATION

WE'VE BEEN HAVING, ESPECIALLY

LATELY

ABOUT PUBLIC HOUSING AND

INSUFFICIENCIES WITH THE PUBLIC

HOUSING.

DOES THIS APP ADDRESS THAT AT

ALL?

>> ABSOLUTELY.

FOR AN INDIVIDUAL TENANT, AND

THIS IS TENANTS LIVING IN RENT

REGULATED HOUS I NYCHA OR MARKE

ANY OF THOSE TENANTS CAN GO TO

THE WEBSITE.

THEY ENTER IN THEIR ADDRESS.

YOU ENTER IN THE N

OR HOUSING ADDRESS

WITHIN THE FIVE BURROUGHS AND

YOU'LL GET SOME DIFFERENT DATA

ABOUT YOUR BUILDING.

RIGHT?

SO IF THERE ARE CURRENT

VIOLATIONS, IF THERE HAVE BEEN

EVICTIONS IN THE PAST FEW YEARS.

AND THEN YOU'LL GET A SERIES OF

ACTIONS THAT YOU CAN T B SITUAT

DEALING WITH.

SO THIS MIGHT BE EVERYTHING FROM

ORDERING YOUR RENTAL HISTORY TO

SEE IF YOUR APARTMENT IS RENT

STABILIZED OR IF YOU'VE BEEN

OVERCHARGED.YOSEETR MP A OFFICIF

COMPLAINT VIA CERTIFIED MAIL

DIRECTLY TO YOUR LANDLORD.

AND YOU CAN DO EVERYTHING UP TO

ACTUALLY CREATING THE COURT

FILINGS TO BRING YOUR LANDLORD

TO HOUSING COURT.

FOR TENANTS FACINGVIEY CO EVICTC

AND SEE IF THEY'RE ELIGIBLE FOR

A FREE ATTORNEY FOR THE

UNIVERSAL ACCESS PROGRAM THAT

THE CITY HAS RUDE OUT IN THE

PAST CAN YOU PLEASE YEARS.

AND SO MOST OF THESE SERVICES

ARE GOING T

REGARDLESS OF THE TYPE OF

HOUSING THAT YOU'RE LIVING IN.

CERTAINLY TENANTS IN PUBLIC

HOUSING.

IT HAS BEEN HIGHLY PUBLICIZED.

>> IN SO MANY OF THOSE

DEVELOPMENTS.

SO IT IS REALLY CRITICAL TO

OOS

WELL OF THE.

>> WHEN I WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR

APP, YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT HOW

IT WILL GIVE YOU SUGGESTIONS FOR

ACTIONS THAT COULD BE TAKEN, A

LOT OF THEN ARE WITH NONPROFIT

ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN

DOING TEN ANTS' RIGHTS WORK FOR

A LONG TI.MEERE

ADVOCATING FOR LAND LORDS, AND

THE LAND LORD ORGANIZATIONS,

WILL SAY THESE GROUPS HAVE

ALWAYS EXISTED.

THE LAWS ARE ON THE SIDES OF THE

TENANTS OF THE THE ORGANIZATIONS

THERE TO HELP THE TENANTS HAVE

ALWAYS EXISTED.

SO WHAT ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO BE

GETTING AT?

YOU'RE JUST CREATING MORE ISE,

WITHIN THE SYSTEM THAT'S ALREADY

OVERLOADED WITH A LOT OF

COMPLAINTS FROM TENANTS.

>>RE.TH OS THIS LINE

ABOUT THE LAWS IN NEW YORK CITY

ARE VERY TENANT FRIENDLY BUST

THE LAWS ARE ONLY GAS AS THE

ENFORCEMENT.

SO IT IS REALLY, REALLY

IMPORTANT TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR

TENANTS TO ACTUALLY ENFORCE

THEIR RIGHTS.

AND SINCE THE BEGINNING OF OUR

WORK, WHEN THIS WAS JUST SIMPLY

VERY, VERY CLOSELY WITH

ORGANIZING GROUPS, LEGAL AID

PROVIDERS ACROSS THE CITY WHO TO

YOUR POINT HAVE BEEN DOING THIS

WORK FOR DECADES AND DECADES.

AND REALLY, WE'VE WORKED ALONG

ONSIDEM TO BUILD THESE TOOLS

TO SCALE UP WHAT THEY'VE BEEN

OFFERING.

AND ABSOLUTELY NOT REPLACE ANY

OF THE EXISTING SUPPORT TT'THER.

BUT INSTEAD AUGMENT IT AND

HOPEFULLY MAKE THEIR WORK AS

ADVOCATES OR ORGANIZERS, MAKE

THEIR WORK MORE CIT,ALLOW THEM

OUTREACH INSTEAD OF DOING WORK

AT A DESK, TRYING TO FILE THE

PAPERWORK.

THAT SORT OF THING.

IT DOESN'T JUST END WITH AN

VINDIVIDUALS GET

CONNECTED TO THE COMMUNITY

ORGANIZING THE GROUPS IN THEIR

NEIGHBORHOOD?

SO THEIR EXPERIENCE CAN BE A

CATALYST FOR OTHER PEOPLE TO

JOIN IN ON THE FIGHT, AND THAT

IS REALLY WHERE THEY CAN BUILD

ROSCITY.

WE CAN START ADDRESSING THE CITY

AT THE SCALE OF THE PROBLEM.

>> LISTEN, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR

EXPLAINING JUST FIXNYC.

IT SEEMS LIKE SOMETHING THAT

SHOULD HAVE ALWAYS EXISTED OF

THE WEE BE WATCHING TO SEE WHAT

DO YOU KNOW TO HELP THESE

TENANTS BE ABLE TO USE A

SINGULAR SOURCE TO SOLVE THEIR

HOUSINPROBLEMS.

>> THANK YOU SO MUCH.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, YOU CAN

VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT

METROFOCUS.ORG.

>>> BRANDON STANTON TRADED

SECURITIES FOR THREE YEARS UNTIL

THINGS WENT IN HISRDEA

BAD.

AFTER HE LOST HIS JOB, HE MOVED

TO NEW YORK CITY WHERE HE

STARTED THE BLOG, HUMANS OF NEW

YORK IN 2010.

FAST FORWARD TO 2015 AND BRANDON

STANTON IS A NUMBER ONE "NEW

YORK TIMES" BEST SELLING AUTHOR

WITH OVER 50 MILLION FWE

ON FACEBOOK.

HE HAS PHOTOGRAPHED AND

INTERVIEWED THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE

ON THE STREETS OF NEW YORK CITY.

HE'S BEEN INVITED TO THE OVAL

OFFICE BY PRESIDENT OBAMA AND

HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF THE 30

MOST INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE ON THE

INTERNET BY "TI

BRANDON'S BOOK IS HULS OF NEW

YORK STORIES, AND HE JOINS ME

NOW.

THANKS FOR COMING.

>> THANK YOU.

>> YOU'RE GEORGIA BOY.

>> YES, SIR.

>> WHY DID YOU COME TO NEW YORK

CITY AFTER YOURGNND

INCHICAGO?

>> IT WAS QUITE RANDOM.

I WAS TAKING SOME TIME OFF.

I GOT FIRED AND I WAS GOING TO

TRAVEL TO A FEW DIFFERENT CITIES

AND PHOTOGRAPH FOR ENJOYMENT.

AND NEW YORK CITY WAS ABOUT THE

FOURTH CITY I HAD GONE TO.

I HAD NEVER BEEN THEI ABOUT TW

AFTER I SAW NEW YORK CITY FOR

THE FIRST TIME, I WAS HERE WITH

THE GOAL OF PHOTOGRAPHING 10,000

PEOPLE ON THE STREETS OF NEW

YORK.

>> THAT WAS YOUR ORIGINAL GOAL.

>> SO THERE WAS A VERY QUICK

ACCELERATION OF MY RELATNSTH T

ABOUT TWO YEARS.

I HAD NOTHING TO SHOW FOR IT.

I JUST LEFT WITH NOTHING.

SO I DECIDED I WOULD SPEND THE

NEXT PERIOD OF MY LIFE JUST

FOCUSING ON NOTHING BUT MY TIME

AND SPENDING MY TIME ANY WAY I

WANTED TO.

WHAT I ENJOYED DOING AT THE TIME

WAS TAKING PHOTOS.

SO MY FIRST GOAL WAS TO FIND A

WAY TO MAKE JUST ENOUGH MONEY

WHERE COULD I PHOTOGRAPH ALL DAY

LONG.

HSEIEA.

I'LL DO THIS MASSIVE PHOTO

PROJECT.

I'LL TRY TO PHOTOGRAPH 10,000

PEOPLE IN NEW YORK CITY AND PLOT

THEIR PICTURES ON A MAP.

AND THAT IS NOTHIEAN

INOR IS TODAY BUT THAT

WAS THE FIRST IDEA THAT GOT ME

TO NEW YORK CITY AND GOT ME ON

THE STREETS EVERY DAY DOING THE

WORK.

>> YOU WOULD THINK THAT NEW

YORKERS, WITH OUR REPUTATION OF

BEING SO RUDE AND SO DIFFICULT,

TO CONTINUE.

>> IT'S HARD.

>> BACK WHEN I FIRST STARTED, I

HAD NO SUCCESS, IT WAS REALLY

HARD.

NOBODY WAS PAYING ATTENTION

MIFAHOASY.

STOP PEOPLE ON THE

STREETS TO TAKE THEIR PICTURES

AND THEY'RE BEING RUDE.

>> YOU'RE A PHENOMENAL SUCCESS.

15 MILLION FOLLOWERS, MORE THAN

THAT.

I DON'T KNOW HOW FAST IT CHANGES

ON FACEBOOK.

A "NEW YORK TIMES" BEST SELLER

WHU ATTRIBUTE THIS

SUCCESS?

WHY DOES YOUR WORK SEEM TO

RESONATE SO MUCH WITH PEOPLE?

>> I THINK IT IS THE COMBINATION

OF TAKING A RANDOM PERSON ON THE

STREET AND TAKING THEIR

PHOTOGRAPH.

SO BEING A PICTURE OF A COMPLETE

BU I SPEND ABOUT 30 OR 45

MINUTES WITH THAT PERSON.

WHAT IS YOUR GREATEST STRUGGLE?

WHAT DO YOU FEEL MOSTLT

OU

AT SADDEST MOMENT OF

YOUR LIFE?

AND THROUGH THE PROCESS OF THE

INTERVIEW, I FIND OUT VERY

PERSONAL STORIES AND DETAILS

ABOUT THAT PERSON.

THEN LATER WHEN I SHARE IT WITH

THE AUDIENCE, I THINK THE REASON

THAT SUCH A LARGE GROUP OF

PEOPLE HAVE GATHERED AROUND THI

POWERFUL ABOUT SEEING SOMEBODY

THAT YOU DON'T KNOW, BUT THEN

HEARING A STORY OR SOMETHING

THAT WAS SO PERSONAL THAT THEY

MIGHTED IT TO THEIR BEST FRIEND

OR THEIR WIFE.

>> LET'S SEE IF I CAN ASK

IS THE SADDEST STORY AND

THE SADDEST PHOTOGRAPH YOU'VE

TAKEN?

>> THAT IS DIFFICULT.

IT IS SO FUNNY.

I ALWAYS ASK PEOPLE, ULTIMATUMS,

WHAT WAS THE SADDEST MOMENT, THE

HAPPIEST MOMENT.

THEY'RE HARD QUESTIONS TO

SWWOULD SAY PROBABLY THIS RECENT

TRIP I DID.

I JUST GOT BACK FROM EUROPE

WHERE I WAS INTERVIEWING SYRIAN

REFUGEES.

THE SAME PROCESS.

I WOULD ASK THEM SAME QUESTIONS.

WHAT'S THE SADDEST MOMENT OF

YOUR LIFE?

S ARE PARTICULARLY ndWA

HEART BREAKING.

>>> AND KIDS?

>> KIDS ARE UNINTENTIONALLY

FUNNY.

THEY'RE 100% SINCERE WHILE

THEY'RE SAYING THE MOST

RIDICULOUS THING YOU EVER HEARD.

RE DOWN, THAT A THIRD YOU M

OF THE PEOPLE TURN YOU DOWN.

NOW THAT YOU'RE FAMOUS AND A LOT

OF PEOPLE RECOGNIZE YOU, DOES

THAT CHANGE DYNAMIC?

>> IT DOES.

WAS ABOUT IT.

WHEN IT WAS GROWING VERY FAST I

ASK, HOW WILL IT AFFECT THE

PROCESS?

WILL PEOPLE BE TOO SELF-AWARE?

WILL THEY HAVE SCRIPTED ANSWERS?

I FELT THE NAME RECOGNITION OF

HUMANS INK ALLOWS ME

ZOOS MORE PEOPLE.

A LOT OF TYPES, A GRUMPY OLD

MAN.

I DON'T WANT TO TALK TO YOU!

>> THAT WOULD BE ME.

>> YOU'RE NOT OLD AND YOU'RE NOT

GRUMPY.

I WOULD STOP SOMEBODY, OKAY,T A.

CHECK IT OUT LATER.

WHAT DID YOU SAY?

OH, MY GRANDSON TOLD ME ABOUT

THAT.

SO I'M ABLE TO INTERVIEW A LOT

OF PEOPLE THAT I WOULDN'T BE

ABLE TO INTERVIEWBE I FOUND EVE

KNOW THAT 15 MILLION PEOPLE WILL

READ THAT NIGHT, YOU KNOW, THERE

IS STILL AN AMOUNT OF COMFORT

YOU CAN ACHIEVE IF YOU'RE JUST

TALKING WITH THE PERSON

E--O A I WGCONVERSATION.

I FIND IF YOU TALK LONG ENOUGH,

THEY FORGET THEY'RE BEING

INTERVIEWED AND IT JUST BACK'S

CONVERSATION.

>> THANK YOU.

>> "METROFOCUS" IS MADE POSSIBLE

BY

JAMES AND MERRYL TISCH,

SUE AND EDGAR WACHENHEIM III,

THE SYLVIA A. AND SIMON B. POYTA

PROGRAMING ENDOWMENT TO FIGHT

ANTI-SEMITISM.

BERNARD AND IRENE SCHWARTZ,

ROSALIND P. WALTER,

BARBARA HOPE ZUCKERBERG,

AND BY --