On a near-freezing day in January 2016, Joey Resto noticed a homeless man trembling from the cold on the New York subway. The 23-year-old knew just what to do and started to remove his shirt. But he didn’t expect the reaction that his gesture of compassion would receive.
Having been raised in New York, Resto is no stranger to the subway. At the time, the then-father-of-two lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and worked as a paralegal in the city.
New York is known for its cold winters. Temperatures often plummet to below freezing and it’s not uncommon for it to snow. At the same time, the city has a large homeless problem.