- Posted May 20, 2014 by
Brooklyn, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Photo essays: Your stories in pictures
I met Marvin on the Coney Island boardwalk Sunday. He was selling kites. I was drawn to their Asian, it seemed, art deco style. And I wanted to buy one.
Marvin told me his story. He does pretty good on season, selling his kites. The police don't seem to bother him because he stays down more near the west end. He told me, even if he makes clear $30.00 a day he feels he did good. And he gives the damaged kites away, the ones, that come damaged from his supplier to less fortunate inner city kids at schools,soup kitchens etc.
"Always make sure I give back." he said. "Because I get a lot."
Well, Marvin gave me a lot, because now I have a new friend to visit on the boardwalk and I can collect kites, if I have some extra cash. I bought the mermaid in #8 for $10.00 to hang in my bathroom. I'm an artist so I like things like this.
If you visit Coney Island this season you can find Marvin, just past the Carousel going west. He has a great collection of quality kites. BTW, the one I bought looks great on the wall in my bathroom. It cheers things up.
May 20, 2014.