Know Your Neighbor is WNYC's video series about how New Yorkers live and what makes them tick. Stories about ordinary people and their extraordinary choices.

There are characters on every block in New York City, and I'm counting on you to lead me to them. Tell me about someone whose story I need to tell: Email me at or leave a comment, and follow me on Twitter (@jennhsu) to catch the latest story. —Jennifer Hsu

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Kanu and Tom, The Running Mates

Friday, July 09, 2010

Two friends--one an immigrant from Bangladesh, the other a Queens native--find common ground in their love of pretty ladies and a good 5K run. Meet Kanu and Tom of Jackson Heights.

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Ms. Blu, The Psychic Singer

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

She sports blue clothes and an equally blue 'do, and when she sings the blues she channels the mood of the crowd. Meet Ms. Blu of Chelsea.

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Nominate Your Neighbor!

Monday, April 05, 2010

Know Your Neighbor puts the spotlight on the unsung souls living right next door. 

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Chong No, The Troubadour of Stuyvesant High

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The halls of Stuyvesant High School are home to some of the city's brightest students—and a Korean-American Lady Gaga. Meet 17-year-old Chong No from Bayside, Queens.

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Angie, The Crafty Burlesque Dancer

Thursday, March 04, 2010

By night, Angie Pontani is a burlesque dancer. By day, she's a craft-obsessed homebody, whose passions include crochet, stitching and stain removal.

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Julianna, The One-Woman Choir

Monday, February 15, 2010

Musician Julianna Barwick creates multitiered, otherworldly songs with her voice, a few machines, and Garageband. And it all goes down right in her bedroom in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.


Malcolm, The Dog Man

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Keeping dogs happy is a serious business for Malcolm Smart of Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. With a doggie daycare center, grooming shop and supply store, he has made a love for pups his life's work.

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Samuel, The Concise Poet

Monday, December 28, 2009

Samuel Menashe of Greenwich Village writes poems. Really short poems.

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Sultana, The Queen of the Middle East Village

Monday, November 30, 2009

Sultana is an East Villager who feels as deeply about Middle East peace as he does about high heels after dark. 

"I believe in makeup," the Palestinian drag queen says. "Even if you're doing the laundry, you should have lip gloss on."

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