The Man who Calls Willets Point Home

amNewYork has a really great profile of Joseph Ardizzone, the lone resident of the the Willets Point Iron Triangle neighborhood. The 75-year-old Ardizzone has lived there his entire life. An excerpt:

When Ardizzone was a child, Willets Point was still mostly farmland, and his family kept chickens and goats on their property. The World’s Fair in 1939-40 gradually started to change all of that, and by the 1960s and ’70s, the chops shops and warehouses had taken over.

The rest of the families that made up the neighborhood eventually moved out, but Ardizzone stayed, living in the rooms that he grew up in, above a coffee shop.

“Where would I go?” he asks. “My sister is always trying to get me to move out, but I like it here. It’s quiet in the evenings, and there is always somebody to talk to.”

There’s a short video, too, describing life in Willets Point. He makes it clear that his humble abode is all he’s got and he’s not ready to give it up.