Views on the Bailout, from Harlem to Wall Street

The attitudes of New Yorkers, like those of most Americans, vary according to what they have at stake
Left: Paul and Audrey Greenberg of Atlanta, prepare to take in a Broadway show during their visit to New York. Right: Social worker Mantel Thomas gives his views on the bailout from Starbucks at 125th Street in Harlem. Moira Herbst

Outside Samuel's Temple Pentecostal Church on 125th Street in New York, Shirl Moody sits at a fold-up table with a donation basket. As she does every day, Moody, 40, is collecting funds to support the church and its activities for the East Harlem community. Small packets of candy like Skittles and York Peppermint Patties are laid out to stir the generosity of passersby. On this morning in late September, she has collected about $1.50. And now a reporter is standing in front of the table asking Moody about the $700 billion donation the U.S. government wants to hand to Wall Street and various banks.

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