If Nick Burns Were Homeless

By Deane Barker on December 7, 2003

Midtown Journal: Homeless Repairman Mixes High Tech With Low Overhead: I’ve got to say that if I was homeless on the streets of New York City, IRQ conflicts wouldn’t be my first concern.

[Perry Vona] is a common sight amid the pedestrians in Midtown, who might encounter him at 8 a.m. on a weekday sitting in a swivel chair, hunched over a stubborn piece of computer hardware plugged into the base of a public light pole. Working curbside with a fully stocked toolbox, he claims to sell his products to wholesale buyers and bargain hunters for as little as $60 to $80 apiece.