'I Love My Hood': One Artist's Attempt to Reclaim The Heights

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

"No one asked me if they could put a Citibank on my block, so I shouldn't have to ask you if I can paint a mural on your block."

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Riding the Waves in a Damaged City: A Surfer's Return to Rockaway Beach

Monday, May 20, 2013

VIDEO. Area beaches officially reopen to visitors this weekend for swimmers, the first time since Sandy ravaged the area. But for the city's surfers, the beaches never closed. Surfer Michael Miller was back at Rockaway Beach a mere five weeks after the storm.

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On the Katie and Suri Beat With a New York Paparazzo

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Much of photographer Jae Donnelly's job involves waiting and staring. The 38-year-old Brit waits hours each day to get shots of celebrities in New York.

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Tiffanie: Going It Alone to Prom

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Most high-school seniors attend their prom. Only a few defy tradition and go dateless. Watch a video of one of the brave ones -- Tiffanie Galan, of Borough Park, Brooklyn -- taking on her big day without a date.

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The Big Readers of Staten Island

Monday, February 13, 2012

Meet a group of Staten Islanders whose idea of a good time is tackling classic literature together: Mark Twain, Chaucer, Confucius, the Koran, even Henry Rollins.  

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2011 Year in Review: Our Favorite Know Your Neighbor Stories

Thursday, December 29, 2011

WNYC's Know Your Neighbor video series tells the stories of New Yorkers living their lives in their own unique ways. From Bed-Stuy to the South Bronx to an encampment in Zuccotti Park, meet some of the most memorable neighbors we profiled in 2011.


Vlad, The Wall Street Occupier

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Ten years ago, Vlad Teichberg was a derivatives trader on Wall Street. Today, he is one of many protesters who have set up camp downtown to demonstrate against Wall Street and all it stands for. 

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Eric, The 9/11 Brother

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Eric was 12 years old when his older brother, Paul, went into work at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Paul didn't make it out. And things at home turned ugly.


James, The Chess Champ

Monday, June 06, 2011

Unlike most tweens, James Black thrives on long stretches of concentration and problem-solving. Watch a video of the Bed-Stuy 12-year-old who is fast becoming the best young chess player in the country.

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Lucia, The Frequent Flyer to Mexico

Monday, April 11, 2011

A lot of people travel for work. But for Bronx resident Lucia Martinez, that means flying back and forth to Mexico every single week. Her mission: To shuttle gifts between Mexican immigrants in New York to their family back home. "Some people come over to New York without having any family here," says twenty-one-year-old Martinez. "So these packages help them feel less lonely."

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Ed, The Quitting Playwright

Monday, March 21, 2011

Playwright Ed Schmidt takes the low-maintenance of the one-man show to the highest level. He cuts out all middlemen and performs his plays himself right out of his own living room.

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Dick, The Newspaperman of Roosevelt Island

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

If you want a dose of Main Street U.S.A. right here in New York City, look no further than Roosevelt Island. What you'll find on this 40-block-long strip of land in the East River is a journalist named Dick Lutz and a team of volunteers who put out a free local newspaper and make it their mission to deliver it to every door on the island.

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John, The Tempeh Man

Monday, January 31, 2011

A couple of years ago, John Parker decided to build an incubator in his home to start making tempeh from scratch. Since then, it has turned into a vocation. Meet this fermentation fanatic in Bushwick, Brooklyn, as he creates his latest batch of soybean cakes.

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Mike, The Homeless Vet

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mike Monroe dreams of being a professional wrestler. For now, the 28-year-old is living in a shelter for homeless veterans in Long Island City, Queens.

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Judee, The Gift Collector

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Last-minute holiday shoppers, let the story of Judee Rosenbaum in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, inspire you to change your ways. Each January, she begins collecting a year's worth of finds for family and friends, precisely chosen items that she trusts the recipient will love. "I collect everywhere I go," says Rosenbaum. 

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Jason, The New York Drawer

Monday, December 13, 2010


Artist Jason Polan wants to draw every person in New York—literally every person in New York—so he started a project to document his efforts. To see Polan in action, we invited him to WNYC to sketch behind-the-scenes. 

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Claudia, The Single Mom

Friday, November 05, 2010

For nearly 20 years, Claudia has enjoyed a celebrated career performing with the pop band The Magnetic Fields. These days, she has taken on a wildly ambitious side project: single motherhood.

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Natsuko, The Home Librarian

Monday, October 04, 2010

When Natsuko Garcia moved to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, she realized that the dozens of Japanese families that had recently settled there could really use a children's library. So she decided to build one—in her living room.

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The Community Gardeners of Flatbush

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

When you think of Flatbush, Brooklyn, you might not necessarily think of greenery, flowers and groomed tree pits. But a group of ladies on E. 25th Street between Clarendon Road and Avenue D think otherwise.

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Ahmed, The Muslim Detective

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Meet Detective Ahmed Nasser, a Yemeni immigrant who has tried to make post-9/11 life easier for Muslim New Yorkers.