Stories By Emon Hassan

All Quiet on the Seventh Floor

A New York poet in search of solitude finds her secret sanctuary nestled deep inside the campus of Columbia University.

How to Draw a Human Heart

An introspective artist teaches med students and faculty to put down their scalpels and discover beauty in boxes of bones and body parts.

The Imaginarium of Black Cinema

From an unassuming office building in Harlem, inside one man's mission to preserve Bill Cosby's costume, Dorothy Dandridge's dispatches and other iconic heirlooms of...

The Harlem Grandmaster and His Ten Thousand Karate Kids

For nearly half a century, Sam McGee has offered generations of Harlem residents free martial arts training, and the confidence to fight without fists.

The Shaman of Passaic

Behind a tiny North Jersey storefront selling curative herbs and tarot readings, a mystical Mexican healer fights to keep his endangered language alive.

The Marionette Maestro

A renowned puppeteer and his tiny Brooklyn company stage their quadrennial revival of Aladdin—using spit, glue, and the same painstakingly-restored marionettes they have for the...

The BMX Boys of E.T.

The untold story of the bike broker and the fearless riders behind the Spielberg blockbuster and its legendary chase scene.

By Whom the Bells Toll

Perched in a tower above the majestic Riverside Church, an eighty-two-year-old musician presides over the venue’s crown jewel—one of the world's largest carillons.

The Society Shooter

From the swankiest soirees to the catwalks of Fashion Week, on the beat with New York's hardest working party photographer.