where the streets have no name

January 22, 2007 at 3:17 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Gothamist : Queens’ Confusing Streets Keep Man Wandering

We bet most anyone who has attempted to follow a map in Queens can empathize with the plight of new immigrant Damon Mootoo. Mootoo, who had just arrived from Guyana, got lost when he left his brother’s home on 152nd Street in South Jamaica and ended up wandering around in the cold for five days. Five days! The Daily News reported that Mootoo, who can speak English but is hard of hearing, “didn’t want to approach a cop because he feared he’d be deported.” He managed to get by by begging for water and sleeping in an abandoned car or under a piece of wood in someone’s yard in the below-freezing temperature.

Finally, over the weekend, Michael Bharath saw Mootoo near his home on 142nd Place and Rockaway Boulevard and brought him in. Bharath’s wife gave him a sandwich and Mootoo showed Bharath his stepmother’s address on Foch Boulevard. Mootoo was reunited with his family; his brother said, “He said he was just walking all over. He was scared. He heard all the stories about New York.”

Seriously, I’m sure this is not the first time this has happened.

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