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 African-American film.
Forty Years in Flames
After a barn fire destroys a lifetime of master reels and priceless memories, one documentary filmmaker picks up the pieces of his career’s cruelest plot twist.
The Voice from the Mosque
Over six years, I was drawn to a beautiful song in the streets of Brooklyn. What I finally found changed something deep inside me.
Big Man on Campus
On the University of Georgia’s 35,000-person campus, the student who stands tallest is a 4’ 6” senior with dreams of landing on the big stage.
Kurt Thometz's Little Black Bookshop
How a white kid from rural Minnesota who was raised to be racist grew up to become one of the country's foremost collectors of black literature.
Bad Dog/Good Dog
One runway-model-turned-dog-trainer sets out to rescue the pit bulls of New York and rehabilitate their bad-boy reputation.
Over four decades at Belmont Park track, “Lucky Eddie” Outcalt has learned how to sniff out the universal secrets of horse racing.
No Job Land
Five years ago, Spain was flush with cash and the sky was the limit. Today, millions of unemployed citizens are clinging to their homes, despairing for the future—and demanding that their government finally take a stand.
Duilio Costabile and His Glory-Days Yankees
How a ball-busting Cuban cameraman charmed the Bronx Bombers for forty years and built a legacy as big as Babe’s.
Endlessly tinkering away in his garage, Carl Sarno has dreamed up everything from spill-proof paint lids to hemorrhoid applicators and mine detonators. But for this ultimate old-school innovator, the thrill lies not in the outcome but in the inventing itself.
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.
Matron of Morbidity
An octogenarian Australian finds her life’s mission wrapped up in a rather ghoulish pastime: the preservation of human body parts.
Love & Venom
An Ohio electrician finds his true calling as an after-hours apitherapist, inflicting bee stings on willing, and often desperate, participants.
Dreams of a Different Beat
Three budding Chinese reporters crossed the world to build journalism careers at Columbia. A year later, their newfound investigative skills are in direct conflict with the culture of censorship back home.
Autistic and Aging Out
For an enthusiastic teenager and his long-devoted family, the prospect of autism colliding with adulthood unveils an entirely new set of caregiving concerns.
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 last half century.
The Poetry Whores
Poetry is dead. Can burlesque, lingerie, candlelight, and intimate readings bring it back to life?
A boxing prodigy from Burkina Faso climbs his way to the top while dishwashing and couch surfing in the Bronx.
Kung Fu Noodles
From a basement shop in New York, a TV star turned cook dreams of noodle notoriety on the silver screen.
The Liberty Factory
From an unassuming workshop in Queens, a Romanian immigrant lives out his own version of the American dream, crafting one miniature Statue of Liberty souvenir at a time.
Playing by Ear
Goalball may have been designed for the blind, but one group of Brooklyn players proves that the sport is as dangerous, fast-paced and competitive as any you’ll find.
The Caucasian Sensation
After decades spent leaping and spinning through the mountains of Dagestan, a homegrown dance legend reinvents himself in a New York City studio.
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 Life that Swings
Recording careers and world tours long behind them, two senior citizen jazz musicians find themselves still making music at unlikely venues.
Inside the Wolf's Den
Every week for 40 years, Jim Freund has delighted, and horrified, lovers of speculative fiction with his weekly radio show. And he has a basement full of Ray Bradbury and Isaac Asimov interviews to prove it.
Tag Savage's Sideways Brain
He was a shy West Coast transplant alone in the big city. But equipped with his iPhone camera and a healthy dose of snark, all of New York's pedestrians suddenly became fair game.
Friday Night Magic
Twenty years after a complex card game first captivated millions of devotees, I.T. guys, attorneys and longshoreman alike gather every weekend for battles of epic proportion.
The Society Shooter
From the swankiest soirees to the catwalks of Fashion Week, on the beat with New York's hardest working party photographer.
Dancing with Ganesha
For one afternoon each year, a quiet corner of Queens becomes a kaleidoscopic celebration of Hindu life.
Karaoke Kills In Brooklyn
In one rowdy Park Slope basement, every visitor is a rock star.
The Space Between
An author with a neurological blending of the senses explains what the world looks, sounds and feels like to someone with synesthesia.
An Eagle Eye in Harlem
From Malcolm X Boulevard to pow-wow road trips, a black man from Georgia adopts a Cherokee persona despite questionable ties to any Native American roots.
Just Like Clock Work
Master horologist John Metcalfe takes us inside his "hospital for clocks," a precisely-tuned world where time never stops.
Loving the Bony Lady
A transsexual Mexican immigrant living in Queens is perhaps the city's most fervent follower of a forbidden—and increasingly beloved—occult saint.
Sign, Sealed, Delivered
When upstart entrepreneur Trevor MacDermid realized he couldn't beat the MTA, he joined them.
No Strings Attached
A Brooklyn artist creates instruments out of old shovels, whiskey bottles and other forgotten curiosities.
From dumpster to dining room, a night out with urban harvesters who eat only what others throw away.
Water from Above
Taking a look up at New York's most omnipresent, and most ignored, infrastructure.
Escape to New York
A Canadian comic shares her tale of an ingenious emigration gone horribly wrong.
The Extraordinary Ones
Three immigrants seeking a highly coveted visa struggle to prove their worth to the United States.
Eskimo Goggles on East 75th
Inside the massive antique eyeglasses collection tucked into Ruth Pollack’s two-bedroom apartment.
Sexless in the City
From the boxing ring to the nunnery, five New Yorkers share their reasons for practicing abstinence.
I Remember the Shoeshine Man
A Staten Island native revisits his childhood commute and discovers a foreign yet familiar ferry.
Among the scallywags and salty dogs of New York, tug boat traditions endure.
Freak Show 101
Preserving a lost art along the Coney Island Boardwalk.
‘What’s a Girl Doing Here?’
On the 12-hour shift with New York's female cabbies.