10. My Son is a HONY

Alex and Me 4 photos

My biggest accomplishment in this life, I believe, is my son, Alexander. He came into the world a tiny 4 lbs and 9 ounces. He was sick and needed many surgeries. Oy! We spent many years in and out of hospitals. I got to be an expert on health and medicine and he grew to be a smart, funny, caring, loving, soulful, hard-working, and, may I add, handsome young man.

He graduated from Queens College with degree in Media Studies and almost immediately got his first job in radio, hired to run the boards on a late afternoon show with Curtis Sliwa and Former Governor David Patterson.  When the show went off the air he was hired to stay on as a board operator and producer. He works several shows each week and sometimes fills in producing Joe Piscapo and John Gambling.

He’s led an extraordinary life, so perhaps it was no surprise that Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York spotted him one days and took his photo. The amount of comments, shares, and likes on Facebook would be an online editor’s dream. But in this case is was my son who was the subject of all the social media excitement.

alex on humans of new york

Here’s the original post on the HONY page on Facebook in Summer of 2014.

As I suspected, women contacted Alex from around the world due to that post in HONY and one of them won his heart: Jordan.  Alex and Jordan would become the first official HONY romance. This photo ran in winter of 2015.

Alex and Jordan

Here’s the post that celebrated their love nine months after meeting.

That day, Brandon included the WHOLE family story in HONY fashion, excerpting an interview with Alex with three other photos.

The day of the interview Brandon took this selfie with Alex and Jordan in Grand Central Station.


Huffington Post wrote about their romance and Brandon’s role in Matchmaking.

Thanks, Brandon!

Here’s what Wikipedia says about Brandon: Brandon Stanton (born March 1, 1984) is an American photographer and blogger, most known for his popular photojournalistic work that has over 14.6 million followers on Facebook and around 3.7 million followers on Instagram as of August 2015, and for using his Humans of New York‘s popularity for humanitarian purposes …


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