Making Money

1 season, 14 episodes

Earning a living in New York.

Making Money

Business

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

As the diamond industry moves abroad for lower-cost labor, master diamond cutter Max Fuchs looks back.

Business

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

How do you make a profit from carving pumpkins when even the most elaborate designs are destined for the dumpster?

Culture

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

After Hurricane Sandy, a Williamsburg sawmill collects downed trees and converts them into high-end furniture.

Business

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

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

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

“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

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

Andrew Low, a small-scale bicycle-frame maker based in San Francisco, talks about crafting the body of a bike.

Culture

Leah Beth Fishman, a Brooklyn-based gilder, talks freelancing in New York, skulls, and making art from money.

Culture

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.