24" x 36"
In the pre-Mayor Giuliani days of New York City, one could find a busy
street corner commandeered by men who would clean car windows. Before
they were criminalized by the current Mayor, they were the most visible
of the street's entrepreneurs. Able to live off the land, the squeegee
guys could sustain themselves with a quick bite to eat from the spare
change they had made. Competition is fierce in New York's capitalistic
free market. For being bottom feeders and publicly competitive, the eradication
of the squeegee guys became an easy accomplishment for a new Mayor trying
to focus on the City's "major" urban problems. They were promptly
cleared from the streets under threat of arrest. The Mayor was lauded
for averting what was portrayed as a crisis... after all, weren't they
just trying to compete like the big boys?