I received a phone call tonight from a random number which I normally don't answer. The callers voice was shaky, I thought she was just nervous, but she said this was the first call she's been able to make without breaking down in tears. She was a dear friend of Tom Aiello's, the man in the photograph, and they needed my permission to use the image for his obituary. Sigh... of course you can use it. I remember this evening well, I was walking home from work, the slow long walk from Ogilvy on the far west side to the subway in Times Square. The street was quiet except for the notes from his flute which filled the air with music as if I was walking through his movie set. He was the soundtrack to 45th and 9th. RIP my friend. #TomAiello

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