from The Pale Blonde of Sands Street (Who Walk in Brooklyn)
Looking at a 50's Eagle story on Ed Kemp, window-washer at the Williamsburg Bank Building (The Loneliness of the Skyscraper Window-Washer, BPL Brooklynology):
What of our man in the sky, Ed Kemp? Did he harbor a fear of falling? Ever stoic, he replied, "I wouldn't be up here if I was afraid." It seems for him the greater danger was loneliness. Kemp said of his job, "It's a good life. Lonely. But you see people, even if you don't speak to them. They're sociable enough but they kind of look at you like they feel sorry for you."