All That the City Offered
Shakespeare in the Park? David Tengelin was the one who would wait in Central Park to get the tickets.
Monday movies in Bryant Park? Mr. Tengelin would also be there first, showing up hours before the show to stake out a spot for himself and his friends.
Soccer anyone? Every Sunday evening in Prospect Park, like clockwork.
Friends called Mr. Tengelin "Swede" because he was Swedish, but a more apt name would have been Mr. New York. "He loved the city more than anything," said a friend, Michael Peck.
Mr. Tengelin, whose family is split between Sweden and Britain, arrived in the city in 1999 fresh out of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff to try his luck, with no job or place to live.
He stayed in a youth hostel for the first months, then a room with no kitchen, and most recently an apartment near Gramercy Park that he shared with two roommates. His friends insisted that he could afford better places in Brooklyn, but he was stuck on Manhattan, where he walked everywhere.
"He asked very little out of life, yet took as much as he possibly could," Mr. Peck said.
An accountant for Marsh & McLennan, Mr. Tengelin, 25, bragged about one thing ‹ working on the 100th floor of 1 World Trade Center. "He was right where he wanted to be in life ‹ on a top floor in one of the tallest buildings in New York City," Mr. Peck said.
Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on November 11, 2001.