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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.

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 ...

John Reardon, Tattoo Artist

John Reardon loves to make pictures and gets paid most quickly when he makes them on skin.   John tattoos customers at Saved Tattoo in Williamsburg and is the author of The ...

Mestre Foca, Capoeira Instructor

André Costa, known to his students as Mestre Foca, began practicing Capoeira over twenty years ago, and recently attained his red cord, equivalent to a black belt in Karate. ...