life in pictures

What 11-Year-Old Kareem Granton Saw During 5 Days Roaming the City

Photo: Illustrations bu Kikuo Johnson

When Kareem Granton ran away from his East New York home recently, he spent five days in the wilds of New York City before he was found by a Good Samaritan. Kareem spent nights sleeping on the subway and days, mostly, at Chuck E. Cheese’s. “It was a very big world,” he said of his adventure. “I didn’t think I would probably make it.” He did. (And doctors who checked him out after his return say he’s safe and sound.) Here’s how Kareem describes his journey.

As told to Katie Van Syckle

*This article appeared in the March 24, 2014 issue of New York Magazine

What Kareem Granton Saw Roaming the City