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Woman Seeks To Find, Thank Man Who Helped Her Cross UWS Street

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An act of kindness on the Upper West Side has sent a woman on a quest to reconnect.

And as CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider reported Monday, the woman is doing it the old fashioned way.

Annie, who did not want to reveal her last name, is a born-and-bred New Yorker. But she said she has never been treated quite like she was on one occasion in early January.

“Suddenly, this man came up to me and said, ‘Can I help you cross the street?’” she said.

Annie was crossing 86th Street after a winter storm turned the roads to ice.

She was struggling with bags of groceries, and her poodle, Suzette, when the man approached and made sure she got across safely.

“(He said), ‘I’m going to watch you to make sure you get across OK,’” Annie said. “And I was so taken aback, I couldn’t believe it. I thought, ‘Wow, isn’t that nice.’”

When they got to the other side, Annie waved goodbye and shouted, “Happy New Year.”

But she didn’t get the man’s name or number, and instantly regretted it.

“Afterwards I said, ‘Gee, you know something? He was such a nice person; I should’ve stayed there and spoken to him longer,’” Annie said.

So Annie decided to post signs on every corner, telling the story of the now-mysterious encounter, along with a request for the kind man to give her a call “to say thank you and strike up a nice friendship.”

Annie insisted she is not looking for a love connection. But she does want to connect with an unconventional New Yorker who took the time to care.

“Very refreshing,” she said, “and I think chivalry is not completely dead.”

Annie included her phone number on the fliers, and is just waiting for the call.

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