Everett Daniels has been panhandling for over 20 years, since he left behind the projects in Jersey City, N.J., at age 16. He started out with a cup on the highway, using the money for food or his "drug choice of the day." Then he discovered where the real money is: Manhattan.
For decades, Daniels would commute into town earlier than most businessmen, stand at the Duane Reade drugstore at West Fourth and Broadway, open the door for folks with a smile, and ask for spare change on their way out. For Daniels, panhandling was a full-time job.