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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.

Jahdan Blakkamoore, Musician

Jahdan Blakkamoore emigrated from Guyana to Brooklyn at age eight. He grew up on reggae imports and made an early mark as a standout performer in New York’s hip-hop and ...

Maureen Hackett, Horticulturist

Brooklyn-bred Maureen Hackett has worked for the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation; she redesigned the gardens at Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s residence; ...

Philip Sherman, Mohel

Cantor Philip Sherman has performed over 20,000 circumcisions and claims he was at one time the only mohel in Manhattan. In addition to his mohel duties, he’s also the ...