E – Aria Sa’id smokes a cigarette while talking to her friend Vanessa Warri while sitting at Union Square. “When I was homeless, sometimes I would go down to Union Square and just pray that something would change,” Aria said. “I would sit there in the middle of the day and I would people watch and write on napkins or paper bags from the corner store.” She compared her situation then to that of the Little Mermaid, wishing she could be “where the people are,” shopping at fancy stores and living their best lives.