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Robert Morgenthau
91, Former Manhattan District Attorney
After almost a decade as a U.S. Attorney, and 35 years as the Manhattan D.A., Morgenthau retired last year at the age of 90. Within weeks he had taken a job at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

All Photographs by Jake Chessum

Carmen Herrera
95, Painter
The Cuban-born Herrera studied in Paris in the thirties but didn’t sell any of her paintings until she turned 89. Her work is now in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Tate Modern.

Ruth Gruber
98, Journalist
Once the world’s youngest Ph.D., Gruber was also the first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic and an American envoy who escorted Holocaust refugees into the U.S. on a secret mission during World War II. A documentary about her life, Ahead of Time, was released this month.

Elliott Carter
101, Composer
Carter, a two-time Pulitzer Prize–winner, is the first actively composing centenarian in the history of Western music. Since turning 90, he’s published 56 pieces, including fourteen in his 100s. He is about to begin work on a piano concerto commissioned by Daniel Barenboim.

George Avakian
91, Record Producer
Avakian recorded the first jazz album (up to that point, there were only singles) and went on to produce classic LPs such as Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy, Ellington at Newport, and the Miles Davis–Gil Evans collaboration Miles Ahead.

Andy Rooney
91, Television Writer
Rooney joined CBS in 1949 and has hosted his 60 Minutes segment, “A Few Minutes With Andy Rooney,” since 1978. He works at his CBS studio five days a week and continues to write a syndicated newspaper column.

Albert Murray
94, Writer
The author of the essay collection The Omni-Americans and the seminal jazz history Stomping the Blues, Murray has remained at the center of the city’s intellectual life for decades. His most recent novel, The Magic Keys, was published when he was 89.

Zelda Kaplan
94, Socialite
A former country-club golf champion from New Jersey, Kaplan became a philanthropist and night owl late in life. She still sits front row at Fashion Week and attends after-parties at venues like Polar lounge. She celebrated her 94th birthday at the private club Entre Nous.

Hugh Carey
91, Former Governor of New York
A seven-term Brooklyn congressman and the state’s two-term governor, Carey took a lead role in rescuing the city from near bankruptcy in 1975. He continues to practice law at Harris Beach.

Reginald Chan
Third Avenue and 17th Street.
On September 15, 2006, Chan was hit by a flatbed tow truck while making a delivery of Chinese food.

Brandie Bailey
Houston and Essex Streets.
On May 8, 2005, Bailey was struck by a private sanitation truck while on her way home to Williamsburg after waitressing at the West Village restaurant Red Bamboo. Bailey was a regular at CBGB, where a memorial was held in her honor.

Craig Murphey
Ten Eyck Street and Union Avenue, Williamsburg.
Early in the morning of October 18, 2007, Murphey was biking home from escorting his date to her South Williamsburg apartment. According to police reports, Murphey attempted to outrun a gas truck turning left on Ten Eyck Street. His pelvis shattered on impact, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. In his honor, over 40 friends have since received tattoos that read BE BETTER.

Frank C. Simpson
Linden Boulevard near 175th Street, St. Albans.
Simpson, a janitor returning from the evening shift at a Con Edison facility, was hit by a Dodge Stratus on November 9, 2006.

Jose Mora
North Conduit and McKinley Avenues, Cypress Hills.
On September 4, 2006, 11-year-old Mora was on his way to the barber for a back-to-school haircut; that week, he was to start the sixth grade at nearby Junior High School 302. He was struck by a Honda while walking his bike across an intersection.

Jonathan Neese
South 4th Street and Roebling Street, Williamsburg.
On August 12, 2006, Neese, a bike messenger known as “Bronx Jon,” was struck by a livery cab while cycling from Brooklyn to Manhattan.

Sam Khaled Hindy
Base of the Manhattan Bridge.
On November 16, 2007, Hindy was run over after mistakenly entering a Manhattan Bridge lane reserved for cars.

Habian Rodriguez
Main Street and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing.
On September 1, 2007, Rodriguez collided with a city bus and died 30 minutes later.

Elizabeth Padilla
Fifth Avenue and Prospect Place, Park Slope.
Commuting to the Brooklyn Bar Association on June 9, 2005, Padilla swerved to avoid the open door of a parked P.C. Richard’s truck. She lost control of her bike and fell underneath the wheels of an ice-cream delivery truck.

Juan Luis Solis
East Gun Hill Road and Bouck Avenue, the Bronx.
Attempting to pass a double-parked car on June 22, 2007, Solis was struck by a box truck and died of severe head trauma. The truck did not stop.

Jeffrey Moore
Chauncey Street and Rockaway Avenue, Bed-Stuy.
According to witnesses, on May 29, 2007, Moore was run over (twice) by his girlfriend Jeanine Harrington. She was indicted on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon (her Nissan Pathfinder).

Derek Lake
Houston Street and La Guardia Place.
On June 26, 2006, Lake reportedly skidded on a steel construction plate and was crushed underneath the wheels of a passing truck.

Elijah Armand Wrancher
Springfield Boulevard and 130th Avenue, Springfield Gardens.
On August 28, 2007, 12-year-old Wrancher attempted to ride his bicycle while holding onto a moving truck. He lost his grip and fell under the truck’s rear wheel.

David Smith
Sixth Avenue and 36th Street.
On December 5, 2007, Smith was biking up Sixth Avenue when the passenger-side door of a parked pickup truck opened unexpectedly. He was knocked into the path of an oncoming truck.

Anthony Delgado
Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick.
Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez
57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst.
On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado
Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick.
Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez
57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst.
On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado
Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick.
Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez
57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst.
On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

Anthony Delgado
Palmetto Street and Central Avenue, Bushwick.
Shortly after midnight on April 29, 2007, 13-year-old Delgado borrowed a bike to head home from his friend’s baptism party. As he crossed the intersection, he was struck by an SUV.

Carolina Hernandez
57th Avenue and Junction Boulevard, Elmhurst.
On August 16, 2007, Hernandez was riding to a mall when she was struck and killed by a Chevy truck. The driver pled guilty to driving with a suspended license.

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