Blanca Vazquez and Manny Diaz

Manny Diaz grew up in New York City during the Great Depression. His family shared a tenement building with 10 other families—all with different backgrounds.

Manny came to StoryCorps with his friend Blanca Vazquez to remember how they all came together to support each other and make it through difficult times.

Originally aired October 23, 2009, on Latino USA.