Ever wonder about the individuals who make up the community around you? Meet some of them in videos that take an up-close look at the diversity of communities in the city and the exceptional New Yorkers who keep them flourishing.
A woman talks about her experience meeting her great-grandmother Silvia, who grew up enslaved during the time of the Civil War.
A man talks about his experience growing up with gay parents amid the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.
A deaf and blind man talks about the joys of being a father.
A father and son reflect on the father's time as a taxi cab driver.
Sandra tells the story of how her family ended up in the United States.
Two daughters reflect with their Alzheimer's-stricken father about their family and the impact he had on their lives.
A student talks about the social and educational opportunities that come from urban agriculture.
Inside a day of planting in The Bronx.
An interview with Green Bronx Machine's founder.
Students from the GBM program visit the offices of Bloomberg.
A man decides to become an actor later in life, finding great success on-screen.
Aerial footage of Midtown East.
The view from above the Upper West Side in Manhattan.
A Czech Holocaust survivor talks about her experiences, and what she hopes people will take away from them.
A Jewish man talks about his Holocaust survivor wife's work in tapestry.
The view from above Long Island City in Queens.
The view from above Long Island City in Queens.
The Park Avenue Armory is a historical 19th century building on the Upper East Side.
How mentoring can be a valuable source of wisdom and goodness, and how it provides significant benefits.
A mentor and mentee discuss the steps they've taken towards a successful partnership.
How mentorship provides a value proposition for mentors.
How mentorship provides a value proposition for mentees.
A mentor and mentee talk about their experiences together.
DOROT volunteers show up for elderly adults to help maintain connections with them.
Lian and Kusum talk about how they spend time together.
Jerry and Al talk about their friendship.
A series of masquerade traditions from various J'Ouvert parades over the years.
The community celebrates the anniversary of the return of a Harlem-based regiment from World War II.
A team of people work to keep Prospect Park beautiful and welcoming.
A video about the history Prospect Park and how the alliance came to exist.
A team of young people work together to improve and maintain Prospect Park.
The Kazimiroff Trail is a path in Pelham Bay Park that runs right beside Orchard Beach.
The view from above Kips Bay in Manhattan.
Several individuals talk about what Pride means to them.
The Kashia people return to their homeland.
Having a park nearby in your neighborhood brings numerous benefits.
A quick guide to the history of New York City's two iconic train stations.
BHC's facilities for kids are changing lives.
The Taste of East Harlem food festival brings joy and delicious food to the community.
The West Harlem & Jazz Fest draws crowds to a series of energetic and exciting musical performances.
Marcus Garvey Park is the new home for a new, creative, welcoming basketball court design.
An immigrant for the Dominican Republic gets a job at a hotel and falls in love with a co-worker.
A retired firefighter reflects on losing his two sons on 9/11.
Women have played key roles on some of the biggest NYC architectural projects in recent memory.
University Settlement’s mission is to empower residents by building on their strengths and knowledge with comprehensive services. They offer programs to homebound seniors that include home-visits and access to off-site programming through technology.
Beam Center builds communities of making and learning that enliven student curiosity, bridge the opportunity gap and prepare youth for the way the world works.
The modern-art style BHC apartment complex is part of a revitalization of the Sugar Hill neighborhood.
BHC built a modern housing complex, complete with a museum and educational resources for its residents.
The Van Cortlandt House Museum is the oldest remaining building in The Bronx, right in the middle of Van Cortlandt Park.
The New York Public Library is one of the biggest libraries in the world, with its main branch located in Midtown Manhattan.
The National Lighthouse Museum on Staten Island is a new museum dedicated to the history of lighthouses.
The Mount Vernon Hotel Museum is one of several buildings from the 19th century still remaining in Manhattan.
Ateika talks about her learning experiences and accomplishments as she progressed through NPower's training and placement program in this profile piece.
In this piece, North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence describes their organization's work and how the community can get involved by speaking out against domestic violence issues.
The Financial Clinic touches on the range of community services they provide to people in the Brooklyn community.
In this informational video, you are introduced to BYMP's cultivating orchestra program.
This piece profiles the dynamic dance and drumming program Asase Yaa Cultural Arts Foundation offers.
Footage from the Liberty Park opening in 2016.
Adrian Kondratowicz is a Harlem-based artist interested in topics of sustainability.
New Yorkers share how riding a bike makes them feel.
A look at subway installations, art, and murals in the New York City subway system.
New York has lots of bike education programs for anyone who wants to learn to ride a bicycle.
A view of Manhattan and Brooklyn after snow has blanketed the city.
Parks are at the heart of what makes New York great.
Parks can be great centers for learning and experiencing new things.
Check out "Your Voice. Your Vote" a PSA produced by BRIC for Brooklyn Voters Alliance and YWCA Brooklyn.
In “The Johnny Effect”, viewers get an in-depth view of Johnny, a dedicated volunteer whose daily work is to provide homeless men with a clean and safe facility to shower. His dedication and passion for Turning Point and the community he serves is deep and inspiring.
As the final resting place of many famous and important people, Woodlawn Cemetery lives a second life as a home to beautiful sculptures, nature, and all sorts of history.
City Island is a small Bronx neighborhood that feels like a fishing village.
Wave Hill is a large, green manor that boasts history, art and nature
Located between Kingsbridge Avenue and Fordham Road, Poe Cottage is the last residence of poet Edgar Allan Poe.
Hailing from Italy, these six sculptor brothers lived along with their father in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx.
Orchard Beach is a manmade beach with a sprawling boardwalk, summer concerts, and filled with sun and sand.
One of NYC's treasures, The Bronx Zoo is one of America's largest zoos.
Ceetay is an Asian fusion restaurant in the heart of South Bronx.
Charlies Bar & Kitchen is a restaurant named after all the worlds' Charlies.
In “Holla with Q”, Rafael Quintana takes us on his personal journey as Compliance Monitor that helps guide court involved youth on a productive and positive path in life. Rafael speaks from experience.
Located in Little Italy at the heart of the world famous Arthur Avenue, Emilia's offers classic Southern Italian cuisine, an outdoor patio, and an environment with a goal to make customers feel right at home.
The view from above Long Island City in Queens.
Ana Torres is a Puerto Rican immigrant who works on the Rodale Pleasant Park Community Garden in East Harlem.
A view of Union Square from up above.
Elvia Campos loves the produce from Clinton Avenue's Community Garden.
A view of Governor's Island on a clear day.
The NYRP works to build parks in Bronx and Harlem.
Yawa Kurkiewicz learns how to ride a bike through Bike New York's education program.
A view of Manhattan as the daylight fades.
A new of the Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island.
A tour of NYC's five boroughs, communities, gardens, and parks.
A profile of the Communal Spaces play festival in Brooklyn.
A gardener discusses ornamental growing in The Bronx.
Sgt. Harrison returns to his old neighborhood and helps Zyree with her reading every week.
Samantha Kendall values the work she does to help kids with their reading.
Jade Okunlola works to help teach children how to read.
Some of Bike New York's volunteers talk about the joys of teaching people how to bicycle.
A view of the High Bridge connecting Manhattan and The Bronx.
The Young Lords are honored with a street re-naming in East Harlem.
A view of Brooklyn Botanic Garden's cherry blossoms from above.
Footage of the East River's Blackwell Island from a drone camera.
William Helmreich walked every block in New York City, and wrote a book about what he found.
Carlos Jesus Martinez Dominguez is a visual artist working with graffiti and other forms of street art.
Brooklyn schoolchildren paint the pavement outside their building and promote people-friendly streets.
A profile of the Harlem School of the Arts, with information about its history and course offerings.
Columbia University professor Frances Negron-Muntaner talks about the role that debt plays in Caribbean countries and how art and scholarship can help us understand the impacts of colonization.
Some of Bike New York's volunteers talk about the joys of teaching people how to bicycle.
A short interview with Education and Outreach Manager for Citibike, touching on the development and future of the program.
A profile of several local artists and entrepreneurs working in the Lower East Side while exploring the influence of writer and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston.
A tour of Harlem's landmarks and scenery.
Heather Krasna shares tips on how to modify your resume to get the job you want.
Quinn Zannoni leads the bike program at P.S. 373 Brooklyn Transition Center, teaching bike skills to students.
A video on the transformations of Bronx vista from 1868 to today.
An exhibit at the City College of New York highlighting old postcards of CCNY's famed architecture.
A profile of Jazzland in Concert, a musical based on Alice in Wonderland set in Harlem and performed by young people at the Harlem School of the Arts
The founder of Recycle-a-Bicycle talks about her community bike shop and non-profit.
20th century leaders thought that cars were the future of cities; 21st century leaders have sought to right thing wrong by favoring cycling and public transport.
The decision to block off roads in Midtown led to more outdoor cafes, cyclists, and walking in the city.
Displayed artists discuss their experience with the Faction Art Projects gallery.
A cyclists shows how easy it is to map a bike commute around New York City.
Bermuda-born Harlem artist and fashion designer Ruby Bailey leaves behind a legacy through dolls she's created, an expression of the vibrancy and culture of African-Americans during the Civil Rights Movement.
Clowns hit the streets of New York City where they use humor to make drivers unblock bike lanes.
Richard Scarry breaks down what the Faction Art Projects is trying to accomplish by locating themselves in Harlem.
Jose talks about immigrating from Mexico to New York City and becoming a DREAMer.
Visit this East Village bakery where fresh bread, coffee and pastries are always on the menu.
Yvette opens up about being a single mother of two, and what it took to join the medical field.
New York City launches the biggest bike sharing system in the country.
At Blue Bottle, they take coffee seriously. Watch a barista brew a freshly-roasted batch for patrons to taste test.
The Harlem Chamber Players Founder talks about creating opportunities for minorities in the classical music field.
Roynisha talks about going from a high school drop out to a future college student.
Union Settlement encourages Harlem to buy locally to promote economic development within the neighborhood.
A delightful profile of a children's bookstore in Union Square that carries classics from L. Frank Baum, Dr. Seuss, Maurice Sendak, rare books, and much more.
Recapping Arthur Mitchell's career as a professional dancer from Harlem.
Earl Blumenauer talks about the bike movement that's happening around the country.
Wendy Hilliard remembers the difficulty in finding diversity and nearby programs in gymnastics.
Rhonda McLean-Nur talks about what led her to becoming a storyteller.
Traveling back to the 1980's in New York City, where the streets were filled with homeless people, and The Doe Fund was starting up.
Ready, Willing & Able trainees compare and contrast their life before and during The Doe Fund.
New York City introduces floating parking to increase safety for drivers and cyclists.
Harlem One Stop takes you inside the annual Halloween Pet Costume Parade.
Processional Arts Workshop Directors, Alex and Sophia, talk about the steps it takes to run the Morningside Lights event.
DJ, filmmaker and playwright Nate Osborne describes the role music has taken in his life.
The Doe Fund talks about what encouraged them to help new veterans coming back home from recent wars.
Get an inside look at the activities offered at the Sakura Festival.
Uptown artists come together to create their spin on the famous 1958 photograph, "A Great Day In Harlem."
Take a look inside the Harlem culture and festivities.
Emily Gallagher talks about dedicating the Peace Garden at the Hostelling International NYC to three youth activists killed by the Ku Klux Klan.
Breaking down the 9 month Ready, Willing & Able program, and how it can lead to permanent employment with The Doe Fund partners.
Learn the meaning behind the Loiza Festival, and why celebrating it is a big deal.
Ready, Willing, & Able graduates and trainees open up about their previous life struggles, and how The Doe Fund gave them a second chance to a career.
The granddaughter of modernist artist Marc Chagall talks about his influence on her boutique flower shop in the East Village that she has transformed into a peaceful, verdant oasis.
Mary Beth Kelly expresses the importance of pedestrian safety.
A skit from the New York Autoshow about "Lady Liberty" and "Mr. Transit"'s wedding.
Learn how Kidical Mass encourages children to put their gadgets down and hop on their bikes.
Learn how bike lanes are helping the city's landscaping projects and have increased commuter safety.
Take a look at the past with the special New York City holiday subway rides.
Two men visit the Manhattan Bridge to count how many cyclists ride over the bridge to Brooklyn.
New Yorkers take advantage of the Summer Streets.
Mark Gorton visits the intersection of Canal and Lafayette in Manhattan to show the dangerous traffic conditions that have led to high reports in car crashes.
Tico da Costa and Philip Glass perform "Ana Bandolim" at the Knitting Factory in New York City.
Valerie Naranjo and Ba-ere Yotere share the stage as they play the gyil.
Photographer Alex Harsley talks about finding freedom in taking photos and turning them into art, documenting John Coltrane and Muhammad Ali, and capturing sides to them the public didn't see.
A skateboarding bulldog charms Central Park with his skateboard skills and his human, Patrick Clemens.
Transportation Alternatives talks with local New Yorkers about the benefits of bike riding in the Winter.
Transportation Alternatives encourages drivers to ride their bikes with a short film about a father being late for a school pickup.
Transportation Alternatives share a few pointers with bike riders and pedestrians on being safe.
Dr. Jen Petersen uses her title as an Urban Sociologist to plan out commutes on her bike.
An NYC Bike Ambassador for Transportation Alternatives talks about his role and how he seeks to increase bike safety.
Dr. Janice Turner talks about the unhealthy conditions Bronx residents live with and how Sustainable South Bronx seeks to improve these conditions.
Gabri Christa shares her story of being able to explore the streets of New York City while biking to work.
Sarinya talks about the benefits of biking to work.
A college student picks up the cycling lifestyle after declaring environmental justice as her major.
Squid recalls the differences of riding a bike in New York City in the 1990's and today.
Lucette Gilbert recalls the transformations of biking through out the decades.
A father talks about the benefits of bike lanes, and how they have shortened his son's commute to school.
Hal walks around New York City grading how secure people lock their bikes.
Hit the streets on Gird Lock Alert Days and see the cons of high traffic in the city.
Experts talk about bike boulevards in Europe, and how bringing them to New York City would benefit communities.
Learn the benefits of a walkable urban experience.
An East Village boutique that supplies handmade products and offers a calming and environmentally-friendly ambiance.
Relieve stress and get limber at this yoga studio located in Chelsea with yogi Dana Trixie Flynn.
Take up a hobby and throw some clay at this pottery studio that offers classes for artisans of all experience levels.
Fall under the spell of this magic shop located in Chelsea where illusions become real.
Take a stroll down 14th Street in Union Square and take in parks, bars, places of higher learning, cultural centers, public art, fashion, and the everyday people that make up NYC.
Rosa shares how she put graduate school on hold for 25 years in order to keep pursuing the career of her dreams.
Rich believes activism has no age, and encourages everyone to speak out, no matter the experience.
Paul struggled with rejection due to his upbringing in a Roman Catholic family, but soon confided in the LGBT Center.
Nicole talks about the transformations she's seen the LGBT Center undergo in the past 15 years, and what she hopes the most recent makeover will bring.
Megan talks about taking advantage of the programs offered at the LGBT Center that she helped coordinate prior to having her first child with her partner.
Levi shares the perks of being able to communicate with others as he navigates through the LGBT Center.
Kate sends some advice to other professional Lesbian women on the possibilities of loving a career.
Jess remembers the day Defense of Marriage Act was declared unconstitutional.
A member of Center Youth shares how the camp helped her come out to her parents.
The Center Youth Program Assistant talks about the highlights of working at the LGBT Center.
Jeff expresses the strong satisfaction that comes with working at the LGBT Center.
Howard goes 20 years back to the first day he met the previous Second Tuesday Lecture Series Curator, and how his advice sculpted him to be the man he is today.
Heather explains the values of the LGBT Center.
Glennda breaks down what her title as Executive Director is at the LGBT Center.
Cristina talks about the drastic changes of living in Los Angeles to moving to New York City, and how the LGBT Center eased the transition.
Two Young Leaders talk about being active in the gay community while attending college and how it they extended their roles into the LGBT Center.
Joseph shares what it was like stepping into the LGBT Center for the first time and feeling accepted as a man of color in the Young Men's Group.
Alejandro shares the highlights of balancing work at the LGBT Center and being a drag queen.
Brigid went from musician to non-profit management to expand her knowledge that would later land her a job at the LGBT Center.
Austin traveled from another state to join a friendlier and LGBTQI+ community accepting environment, which later led to his career at the LGBT Center.
The Center Youth Prevention Counselor talks about the varying comfort levels generations have on the sexuality "identity box."
Anthony shares how he became a volunteer and Center Young Leader, and what the LGBT Center means to him.
Bernardo Palomo, Horacio Martinez, Guillermo Vaisman, Lucy Warrington, and Ruben Gonzalez perform a song about an immigrant's cruel destiny.
Carlos Aguirre tries to move away from typical piano notes that are played during songs, and performs "Gato."
Rosalia Roio is joined by Didac Lazaro and Xavi Lozano to perform a song in honor of El Taller Latino Americano's 35th Anniversary celebration.
Bae-ere Yotere performs a song with an instrument called the gyil.
Dindga McCannon gives a few words on her exhibition, along side her friends and colleagues.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City visits Grand Central, where people give thanks to their greatest mentor.
Tyrese and Lanae share their story about being sent to separate foster homes, and how Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York has helped them keep in contact.
Sangjukta and her "Big Sister" share the story of being paired through similar immigration connections.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City visits Grand Central to ask people how their biggest mentors influenced their future.
In such a big city, it can be comforting to find your own tight-knit community. Meet the bikers who cycle the city and hear stories from people working at the LGBT Center. Learn more about the different communities sprouting up all around New York City, supported by organizations such as BRIC, City Parks Foundation, El Taller Latino, LGBT Center, Viewing NYC, Bike New York, Streetfilms, Manhattan Sideways, and more.