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New York Works

Audio Portraits of a Vanishing City

by Joe Richman

Title Details

Audio Original
Running Time
43 Min.
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Ninety-four-year old Selma Koch runs one of New York's last old-style bra fitting shops. Walter Backerman still delivers seltzer along the same route worked by his father and grandfather. Frank Sabatino is one of two commercial fishermen left in Jamaica Bay. John Klein runs the last family farm in New York City.

New York Works documents a vanishing city. Through audio portraits, the radio series takes listeners to jobs that are slowly disappearing; and celebrates people who keep alive an older way of life.


  • Walter Backerman, seltzer man
  • Frank Schubert, lighthouse keeper
  • Selma Koch, bra saleswoman
  • Charlie Zimmerman, water tower builder
  • John Klein, farmer
  • Cali Rivera, cowbell and drum maker
  • Frank Sabatino, fisherman

    New York Works is a co-production of WNYC's The Next Big Thing and Radio Diaries. These portraits originally aired on NPR's All Things Considered.

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