(photo credit: Andy Schocken)
News broke this week that Gilberto, a fixture at the Carroll Gardens F train subway station, had suffered a heart attack and had passed away. For decades, he stood at the subway plaza at Second Place every day, in rain or shine, asking for money. Later, when his leg was amputated, he sat in his wheel-chair.
Some loved him, some saw him as a flawed human being. However, he certainly was a big part of this community.