Some complaints to the police have come from residents in a six-story brick apartment building on 69th Street that overlooks the intersection. Laborers often wait on the sidewalk in front of the building, to the great irritation of Nick Hiletzaris, an owner and the building’s manager, who said that a few tenants have complained of loitering and noise.
“This is my corner and this is my business,” said Mr. Hiletzaris, pointing to his building as he stood on the sidewalk. “My job is to keep people from out front of the building.”
As he spoke, a Salvation Army truck pulled up to the curb to serve the laborers hot lunches of chicken and rice. Mr. Hiletzaris asked the driver to move.
Before he could get a reply, Mr. Hiletzaris spotted a passing police car. He flagged it down and asked the officers to disperse the group of men. The officers refused and drove off, but the driver of the Salvation Army truck moved the vehicle across the street anyway.
For Day Laborers, an Intersection of Fear