When the housing market was booming, many day laborers found steady work with contractors who would pick them up. These days the jobs are few and far between.
As a result, there are hundreds of laborers, most of them undocumented, waiting where there used to be dozens. In some places, they line the streets for several blocks. While many have been day laborers for years, some are new. One man NY1 spoke with says he was laid off last month after 10 years at a construction company.
With very little cash, many are struggling to take care of themselves. Advocacy groups say a great number of them are becoming homeless.
Mohan Masjey has been communicating with his family in Nepal and has been thinking about leaving the U.S.
"If I cannot get a job, I go back," said Masjey.
Some say if things don't turn around soon, that's something they will have to consider as well.
How many times are we going to hear this angle?