December 03, 2019 at 5:30 am

This series of five short films explores the daily hustle of New Yorkers who support themselves and their families in jobs that are often overlooked. As part of our Chasing the Dream initiative on poverty and opportunity in America, we look at the stories of a dog walker, a street cart vendor, an on-demand driver, a courier, and a subway performer, to explore if the American Dream is achievable for them.


Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America is a multi-platform public media initiative that provides a deeper understanding of the impact of poverty on American society. Major funding for this initiative is provided by The JPB Foundation. Additional funding is provided by Ford Foundation.

Previously aired on November 21, 2018, and December 2, 2019. 


MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.


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