As I've mentioned in previous stories I work in the garment district of New York City, and have had experiences where I've seen something out the corner of my eye or in one of the neighboring office windows that shouldn't be there. A very jarring one of those occurences happened recently. We'd been having a relatively tense week at our office so this almost seemed like a welcome relief. There is one window directly across from my desk, straight line of sight, whose office has had no inhabitants since we started working there. Never seen anything in that window and never thought much of it, but during a particularly stressful moment, I noticed a man staring out of it. The place was desolate otherwise.
Then I noticed that this man was not wearing a normal work uniform or anything that would be appropriate for a professional environment. Instead, it appeared he was wearing military fatigues. Strange I thought. When I looked back over to confirm that there was a Navy man in that desolate window, there was no one standing there. I have never seen anyone looking out that particular window before or since. I was a bit shaken up by that sight and everyone else I encountered that day said I looked off.
I'd been racking my brain over the next few hours who it could have possibly been. I was thinking that maybe the building served another purpose during WW2, but then another solid thought hit me. I remembered my mom telling me many years ago that her father, who died when I was very young, had worked in the garment district. He had also served in the Navy breifly during the later years of WW2, although he did not see any combat. Would it make any sense for my Grandpa to reveal himself during a random hectic work day and from such a distance? Not sure if that would make sense to me, but maybe you guys can lend some insights? Who or what else could it have possibly been and what could it mean?