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Savant of the Subways

A quirky MTA analyst—and walking New York City transit encyclopedia—explains why his beloved trains and busses run much better than you think.

Digging Up Dirt in NYC

For these inquisitive urban archaeologists, unearthing eighteenth-century gun locks, deteriorated douches and other ancient oddities is all in a day’s work.

The Empire Lights Back

Using the world’s most iconic skyscraper as his canvas, a high-tech LED artist turns New York City’s nightscape into an eye-popping rave.

The Hardest Working Porn Peddler in Manhattan

A night on the town for one pint-size and pugnacious saleswoman means slinging cheap cigarettes and bootleg flicks to NYC’s Downtown barflies.

Love in an Elevator

On the day of his retirement, one of Manhattan’s last remaining manual elevator operators looks back on thirty-three years of colorful ups and downs.

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A Dollar for Your Bubbles

This New Yorker might have the best job you didn't know existed...

Far From Home

Jonah Matranga keeps coming back to perform in New York City, embracing all its glorious grit and grime.