Shawn Lee, 31

Third Ave and 49th St

Photograph by Jay Muhlin

In Shawn's pocketbook: "I have to start on my taxes early this year because my identity was stolen. I had to deal with the government and IRS—it felt like a CSI mission, going back and forth with a detective about secret government stuff. I'm also carrying a bigger Bible than usual. Every time I open it to a random page, it's pertinent to what I'm going through."

Kate Lowenstein

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