Making Money

1 season, 14 episodes

Earning a living in New York.

Making Money

Business The Holographer In an unassuming storefront on Twenty-sixth Street, down the road from Bellevue Hospital, Jason Sapan’s Holographic Studios has stuck around for decades.
Business The Diamond Cutter As the diamond industry moves abroad for lower-cost labor, master diamond cutter Max Fuchs looks back.
Business The Frame Maker The frames that surround works of art are often overshadowed by the paintings within them. For Marcelo Bavaro, a fourth-generation frame maker in Brooklyn, the frames themselves are a kind of art.
Business The Pumpkin Carvers How do you make a profit from carving pumpkins when even the most elaborate designs are destined for the dumpster?
Culture The Comedian Eight years of consistent comedy gigs later, Nore Davis never goes more than four days without stepping onto a stage. He also makes a living doing it full-time.
Culture A Sawmill Grows in Brooklyn After Hurricane Sandy, a Williamsburg sawmill collects downed trees and converts them into high-end furniture.
Business Dinner Lab Dinner Lab is the next generation of pop-up restaurant, the 2.0 of supper clubs. The company’s objective is to give people who cook in restaurant kitchens an opportunity to create their own art.
Business The Locksmith For thirty years, Phil Mortillaro has been making keys, installing locks, and cracking the occasional safe from his tiny storefront in the West Village.
Business The Busker When he was sixteen years old, Gabriel Mayers hoped to impress a crush by teaching himself to play Nirvana’s “Come as You Are” on the acoustic guitar. Now twenty-seven, Mayers makes his living as a busker in the New York City subway system.
Business The Pedicab “If a toxic taxi can roll, I can roll,” says Gregg Zuman, the co-founder of the New York City Pedicab Association and the owner of a pedicab-rental company. Here, he and Dale McMillian, a fellow tricyclist, drive through the streets of New York.
Culture The Accordion Repairman For forty-five years, Alex Carozza has run a small accordion shop near Times Square. It’s one of the last fixtures of the old Music Row, and Carozza, after a lifetime spent repairing musical instruments, still works six days a week.
Business The Art of the Bike Frame Andrew Low, a small-scale bicycle-frame maker based in San Francisco, talks about crafting the body of a bike.
Culture The Gilder Leah Beth Fishman, a Brooklyn-based gilder, talks freelancing in New York, skulls, and making art from money.
Culture The Fruit Vendor Rahman Khandker has been selling produce on the corner of Church and Chambers streets, in TriBeCa, for more than thirteen years. Here, he talks about the economics of giving New York its daily serving of fruit.