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New York on the Clock

A series profiling the New Yorkers who make our city work

Zhang Libin, Noodle Maker

Zhang Libin and Lucy Wang run Lao Bei Fang Dumpling House in Elmhurst. A trained chef, Zhang specializes in hand-pulled noodles, molding and whirling dough all day at the front of the kitchen.

Jose Manuel, Fashion Designer

Jose Manuel runs a small shop in Astoria where he hand-crafts evening gowns, accessories, and party decorations. He works closely with his customers to ensure their ...

Samara, Dancer

Samara specializes in “Raks Sharki” (Oriental Dance) of the Middle East and North Africa. She is Choreographer and Artistic Director of Dance for the ...

Donna Siafakas, Peter Pan Bakery

Donna and her husband run Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop in Greenpoint. A favorite stop for both neighborhood regulars and out-of-town visitors, Peter Pan features hand-cut ...

Russ Makofsky, Chess Instructor

Russ Makofsky, a life-long chess player, teaches children and adults the basics and finer points of The Royal Game for Chess NYC in the heart of New York’s chess ...