I've been living at Washington Ave & St. Marks since June, and last night this together-looking guy with glasses stopped me between Vanderbilt and Underhill on Prospect Place, and told me his mother had a stroke and crashed her car, and he needed a few bucks. All I had was a 20 and hearing the words "mother" and "stroke" put me in some kind of sympathy trance and I gave it to him!
I'd been feeling uneasy about it ever since, so did some Googling.
Turns out it was THIS GUY! : http://www.dailyheights.com/2005/04/23/caught-on-film-allegedly-the-alleged-proho-gaffler/
HE IS BACK!