Around 7 p.m., dozens of police begin setting up barricades on this busy commercial block in the predominantly Caribbean neighborhood of East Flatbush, Brooklyn. As the sun sets, police slip on riot helmets and link metal barricades with white plastic handcuffs. They’re here because nightly vigils for Kimani Gray have twice turned violent.
Brian James, better known as BJ, is lounging in a beach chair at Beach 90th Street in Far Rockaway his feet firmly planted in the sand soaking in the sun on a recent weekend. James, who calls himself the “Nautical Negro,” is taking a break from the waves. “Surfers, for the most part, don’t care what you are, as long as you’re not gong to be in the way,” he said.
As spring sets in, New Yorkers are gladly shedding those layers of winter clothes and women are often finding themselves the object of more cat calls, whistles and roving eyes than they’d like. One artist isn’t going to take it anymore.
The British artist Banksy is holding a month-long show on the streets of New York. Every day, the reclusive street artist posts a photo of his latest piece and fans locate the piece through social media. But they have to find the art fast — it’s often destroyed within hours of being discovered.
This four-part series tells the story of public housing in New York City through the lens of one family that has lived there for four decades. The Alston family arrived in the Queensbridge Houses in 1954, and many continue to…
These are radio stories and photos filed for WNYC during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The reporting is from the worst hit areas in Brooklyn and Queens. Many of the stories here also aired on NPR in a different form.
Balancing 27 stories above midtown Manhattan on a recent afternoon, ironworker Kaniehtakeron ‘Geggs’ Martin straddled an I-beam on top of a rising skyscraper on 55th Street and grabbed a steel beam out of the air with a steady gloved hands.
Gambling has been in Chinatown since the turn of the century, and as Governor Andrew Cuomo pushes for expanding casino gambling in Queens, I take a look at a community where gambling is prolific and where community associations collect the taxes.
These photos were produced for WNYC’s series Niche Market, about specialty shops in New York. Below are links to the accompanying stories and audio, which I also produced.
Food photography for Josh Burnett’s donut operation known as Lagniappe Doughnuts.