Brooklyn Heights Resident Chronicles Street Life in the Bronx

The Times has a story about a Heights resident and Wall Street trader who spends his free time photographing and recording the stories of the down-and-out:

New York Times “City Room”: As a foreign exchange trader for Citigroup, Chris Arnade, 46, makes a good income, and lives with his wife and three children in a spacious apartment he owns in Brooklyn Heights.

But during much of his spare time, he can be found driving the family minivan around Hunts Point in the Bronx, photographing prostitutes and documenting their lives.

According to the article, Arnade doesn’t consider himself a “journalist”, as he just listens to the stories of those he encounters, without trying to verify.

Your correspondent remembers Arnade’s father as a history professor at the University of South Florida in the mid-1960s.

Update: Reader Quinn Raymond gives us a link to Arnade’s photos: you can find them here.

Publisher’s Note: Arnade has been a great resource and contributor to The Brooklyn Bugle including this great piece on the Pigeon Keepers of Bushwick.

Photo: Chris Arnade meets Rafael via 66 Square Feet.

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  • Freddie

    Forex can be stressful! nice pictures.

  • Ex-Heightster

    Glad to see Arnande is doing something mundane when he isn’t helping the 1% & banksters accumulate more wealth.

  • Quinn Raymond

    Here are his actual photos– it’s an interesting project.

  • EHinBH

    Excellent photos. Congrats to him on the attention.

  • val

    Congrats, Chris! Keep up the good work.

  • lori

    Ex-Heightster: Sometimes people, especially artists, have to do something apart from their passion in order to have the ability to follow that passion. I think Chris is fortunate to have the ability to do both.

  • David on Middagh

    Impressive pictures.

  • lifer

    Chris will be having an exhibition of his work opening March 9th at Urban Folk Art Gallery in Boerum Hill

  • shamrock

    Exceptional work, Chris!

  • Sparky

    ExHeightster, for a moment get over yourself and your preconceptions. Take a moment to look at the photographs and the video accompanying the article.