Mark Byrnes is a senior associate editor at CityLab who writes about design and architecture.
Actor Tyler Fischer walks around the city claiming to be the man behind the insanely popular blog HONY.
Some of the earnest, the lonely, and the narcissistic who walk among us fantasize about one day being spotted and featured by Brandon Stanton on his Humans of New York blog.
The immensely popular project—which features Stanton's photography and a simple, often charming story from his subjects—has inspired a growing number of online parodies (Zombies, Assholes, and Hummus of New York among them). Now, a real-life trolling has been issued.
Actor Tyler Fischer recently walked around the city claiming to be the man behind the blog. Fans of Stanton stop on a dime and fawn when Fischer (falsely) identifies himself, then proceed to share uninteresting personal stories as the actor energetically takes horrible photos of them.
The real Stanton, however, is currently out of the country (as one of Fischer's victims noted before being told, "We send interns."). HONY's creator has watched the prank, and he likes it, writing on his Facebook page, "not a bad impression, actually!"