Naisha McBride, 27

34th St between Eighth and Ninth Aves.

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Photograph: Allison Michael Orenstein

What do you do? I work at the Census Bureau.

Oh, interesting! I do payroll.

Less interesting! [Laughs] Yeah. But you learn all kinds of strange facts working there—like about toilet-bowl statistics.

You don't say. I hear it's the shortest Census in history this year. Maybe New Yorkers will be more amenable to filling it out. Maybe. Some people are scared to answer the questionnaire because they aren't supposed to be in the country. But we're not looking for those kinds of things. We're here to get basic things going, like health care.

You seem very sociable for a numbers person. Yeah, it's not bad. Though even on my days off, when I'm shopping or something, I tend to go a little over-the-top with the calculations.

What else do you do in your time off? I have a two-year-old daughter, Dakota.

As in Fanning? Yeah. I've always been a big fan of hers.

Let's hope Dakota Fanning doesn't become a celebrity fuckup. I know—let's hope!

So you mostly spend time with Dakota. Yeah. But I work on Saturdays, too.

Six days a week? Are you a single mom? No. I'm not married, but Dakota's dad helps me.

Think you'll get married? I think so. Some people say, "What's the point?," but I would love to. I'm aiming for it.

Shall we put that in print so someone gets the hint? [Laughs] Uh-huh!

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"On Saturdays I work at South East Bronx Neighborhood Centers. I teach teenage kids employment readiness."

"My daughter is talking in full sentences. One day she was talking in broken sentences, and then the next day: 'Mommy, go get it!' I was shocked. I made her repeat herself so many times, she was like, 'Okay, you get it already?'"

"In New York, you see a lot of people having kids at 17, 18, 20. I wasn't even thinking about kids at 24. Dakota was just a...surprise. [Laughs] But I am so against having kids at a late age that Dakota may be the only child, because I'm not ready for another one, and I won't have one after 30. That's the time when your kids should be independent."

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