It's been two years ago since Hurricane Sandy destroyed large swaths of New York city and caused huge damage across the Northeast. Undocumented immigrants dealt with the danger and dirt of the cleanup, getting low wages and health problems for the work that got communities back on their feet.
Up to a million poor and unknown New Yorkers have been laid to rest at Hart Island, where the city buries them in mass graves. The site is largely off-limits to the public, but a group called the Hart Island Project is trying to resurrect the stories of the dead with a new online museum.
Stephanie Wilson was on her way home from shopping for rain boots at Saks Fifth Avenue when she reached down into in her bag and pulled out a letter. Turns out it was the handwritten note was from a man who had made that bag.
Mindra Sahadeo, an Indo-Guyanese musician who now lives in New York, has found a niche bringing the city’s harmoniums back to life. It's a way to connect to his Indian heritage and fill his shared apartment with music.
The cost for a set of freshly-painted nails in New York City is half that of the national average. But, as an investigation by the New York Times shows, that low price is built on the backs of underpaid and sometimes poorly treated salon workers.