Forty Years, Same Corner | NY Times

Character Study
By COREY KILGANNON

 “She’s a neighborhood institution,” said one Harlem resident of Estelle Davis, a longtime crossing guard. (Photo: Chang W. Lee | NY Times)

“She’s a neighborhood institution,” said one Harlem resident of Estelle Davis, a longtime crossing guard. (Photo: Chang W. Lee | NY Times)

With a blast of her whistle, Estelle Davis raised a white-gloved hand and held back a column of oncoming cars bearing down on a group of schoolchildren ambling across the street.

“Come on, baby,” she said, ushering a straggler through the rush-hour traffic.

Ms. Davis has been a New York City Police Department crossing guard at the same location — the southwest corner of Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and 145th Street in Harlem — for more than 40 years.

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