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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.

BEDFORD-STUYVESANT, BROOKLYN:  A 12-year-old is one of the best junior-high chess players in the country. His ultimate dream? To become a grandmaster by 16. Meet James, The Chess Champ, in the video below.

 

ZUCCOTTI SQUARE, MANHATTAN:former derivatives trader fronts Occupy Wall Street's 24/7 media operation. Meet Vlad, The Wall Street Occupier.

 

ST. LAWRENCE, BRONX: Lucia Martinez flies to Mexico every week to shuttle home-cooked food and gifts, as an international courier for her fellow Mexican immigrant community. 

 

BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN: John makes tempeh out of a DIY incubator at his gay-collective home. Meet John, The Tempeh Man.

 

LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS: From the frontlines in Iraq to a shelter for homeless veterans in New York City, meet a guy determined to find new life as a professional wrestler. Meet Mike, The Homeless Vet.

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About Know Your Neighbor

Know Your Neighbor is a video series about the characters, legends, and good folk living in your midst.

Nominate your neighbor: I'm looking to profile fascinating people in every corner of the city. Leave a comment or email jhsu@wnyc.org about someone you'd like me to profile, and I just may come to your 'hood to produce a video about their story.

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