East 63rd Street

A man is leaning on a wall talking on his cell. He’s dressed head to toe in gangsta style with the giant hoody,big droopy pants and gargantuan sneakers with the laces and tongue exploding out everywhere.

Nico who is trotting down the street stops suddenly, points at the man’s enormous shoes and exclaims “Nico’s gonna ‘tep on dat man’s SHOES!” Before I can stop him, he has darted over to the man, wrapped his arms around his legs and stepped up on top of his sneakers.

As my friend Jen said when I told her the story later, “Well, that’s what you get for wearing big puffy shoes”.