Street Watch Repairman

David is a watch repair guy who works on the street in Brooklyn Chinatown. I used to work at a watch company and he was the technician there. He doesn't speak English very well. One of his legs is bad and he uses a homemade crutch to get around. Sometimes I would pass him walking from work and feel bad about how strident I was. He was always really nice and sort of shy.

I needed a battery replacement for a watch and thought I'd pay him a visit. There he was, set up on 8th Avenue. It's pretty amazing to watch him work, his dexterity. He noticed me. After he fixed my watch I handed him a $20 and he refused. It was touching. He definitely needed the money.