1. West 65th Street: a young man is walking west, wearing flowing clean white robes and a white Saudi-style headscarf. He stops a man in jeans and a black t-shirt, heading east, and asks him for a cigarette. The gift is made, and the two keep walking, each one smoking.
2. Times Square: a middle-aged man and woman, accompanied by a boy of nine or 10, are getting onto the last car of a downtown Q train. It is their first foray into the subway system, at least on this trip.
Does this train stop at Ground Zero?
they ask. In their hands are stage bills from Mary Poppins.