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March 7, 2021
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Eli Smiles at South Brooklyn Post

By Lisa M. Collins
Photos by Joshua Kristal

Photographer Joshua Kristal hit the ticker-tape parade for Super Bowl champions The N.Y. Giants in Manhattan on Tuesday, and caught some great shots after going into, as he puts it, “non-violent assassin” mode, to get past the police and barricades for a good vantage point. After finding his perch in an optometrist’s office, Josh caught some luck when Eli Manning, the victorious Superbowl MVP quarterback, looked up, waved his trophy and gave a smile. Manning truly loves South Brooklyn.

Josh’s plan of attack: “I first had to access the side-streets of Broadway which were entirely blocked off from Bowling Green to City Hall. After casing for awhile, I cut through a Holiday Inn which spit me onto a side street. I then scammed my way into a 11-story pre-war building off of Broadway telling the security guard I was headed to the 6th floor.  He said, “Are they expecting you?” I answered, “of course!”

I stopped at the 6th floor and the elevator opened into a 80-year old optometrist’s office with people all wearing Giants jerseys and hanging out the windows watching the parade. They gave me carte blanche. I had come to photograph the ticker-tape, entranced by its serene beauty as it slowly floats through the air on its way back to earth.

How we love to throw paper and watch it float to the ground


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