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.
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Larry Hagberg, Blacksmith
In Central Park around 86th Street burns a forge, and next to it stands Larry Hagberg, blacksmith. Larry performs this ancient craft to meet the NYC Parks department’s present-day needs. He heats steel and beats it into the day’s necessary form, whether it’s a lantern key, a bench divider, or his own personal artwork.
Hamilton Bennett, Brooklyn Cyclones Pitcher
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John Reardon, Tattoo Artist
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Shawn Lesflores, NYC Dept. of Health & Mental Hygiene
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