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  • 2009
    • Candice Angelet: The Mambo Dancer
      12/24/09
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      Having learned to dance as a child at her mother's parties in the 1950s, Ms. Angelet now goes to clubs several times a week.
    • Joseph Cotton - The Grandfather
      12/24/09
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      A frequent caretaker of his three daughters' four young children, Mr. Cotton, 57, plays an active role in shaping their view of the world.
    • Maurice Decaul: The Iraq Veteran
      12/17/09
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      After four years as an active-duty Marine and a stint in Iraq with the Reserves, Mr. Decaul, 29, is now a student at Columbia, majoring in creative writing.
    • Lynn True: The Sports Fan
      Lynn True: The Sports Fan
      Episode 12.10.09
      12/10/09
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      Since college, Ms. True, 32, has followed the New York Giants, partly to relieve the pressure of her work as a documentary filmmaker.
    • Louise Nicholas: The Jury Clerk
      11/26/09
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      At State Supreme Court in Manhattan, Ms. Nicholas, 60, helps tens of thousands of sometimes reluctant New Yorkers perform their civic duty.
    • Joshua Caouette: The Only Child
      11/26/09
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      After 12 years in Texas with his mother, Joshua, now 14, moved last year to live with his father and his father's partner in Queens.
    • Lolita Wolf: The Kinky Lover
      11/19/09
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      For 22 years, Ms. Wolf, now 53, has been active in New York's B.D.S.M. scene - bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism.
    • William A. Thomas: The Regular
      11/12/09
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      A lawyer in solo practice, Mr. Thomas, 46, eats lunch most days at Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop.
    • Maggie Mesciur: The Walker
      Maggie Mesciur: The Walker
      Episode 11.05.09
      11/5/09
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      Ms. Nesciur, 30, a waitress, walks up to 90 miles a week around New York's neighborhoods.
    • Patrick Harris: The Boat Dweller
      10/29/09
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      Known as Captain Pat, Mr. Harris, 58, lives on a 1920s sailboat and makes his living giving tours of New York Harbor.
    • Richard Valvo: The Spokesman
      10/22/09
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      The head of a small public relations firm, Mr. Valvo, 56, has for 22 years represented a colorful range of clients in moments of crisis and triumph.
    • Joshua Febres: The Uncertain Gang Member
      10/22/09
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      On probation for robbery and assault, Joshua, 17, is a senior at the Bronx Lab School and a member of the Crips.
    • John Keegan: The Ladies' Man
      10/5/09
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      A vegan and an actor fascinated by human behavior, Mr. Keegan, 35, hires himself out as a coach for men who want help meeting women.
    • Stefanie Rinza: The Animal Rescuer
      10/1/09
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      A partner in a fine antiques dealership, Ms. Rinza, 44, has found homes for about 40 abandoned animals of all kinds, including her own four elderly dogs.
    • Tika Chapagai: The Newcomer
      Tika Chapagai: The Newcomer
      Episode 09.24.09
      9/24/09
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      After 16 years in a refugee camp, Mr. Chapagai, 43, a native of Bhutan, settled in the Bronx last November with his wife and teenage son.
    • Eliza Smith: The Home Cook
      Eliza Smith: The Home Cook
      Episode 09.17.09
      9/17/09
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      Retired from state government, Ms. Smith, 62, cooks Liberian food in her kitchen in Flushing, Queens, for paying customers.
    • Naisi Zhao: The Mormon Missionary
      9/10/09
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      A convert, Ms. Zhao, 21, has spent eight months proselytizing in Chinatown for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
    • Andrew Baum: The Rookie Detective
      9/3/09
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      Having developed his skills in a countersurveillance unit in the Israeli Army, Mr. Baum, 26, is a freelancer at several private detective firms in the city.
    • Orrin Harris: The Night Keeper
      8/26/09
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      Born male but living as a woman, Orrin Harris, 48, who is known as Pepper, sleeps during the day and stays up all night.
    • Ojeda Hall-Phillips: The Believer
      8/13/09
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      Hearing a call to religious service, Ms. Hall-Phillips, 38, dedicated herself to working seven days a week as a community organizer and youth minister in Queens.
    • Teresa Zakow: The Art Restorer
      8/13/09
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      Born in Poland, Mrs. Zakow, 65, repairs damaged masterpieces in a SoHo studio, running the business alone since her husband died in 2006.
    • Buster English: The Green Thumb
      8/6/09
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      For 15 years, Mr. English, 55, has been growing neatly planted rows of vegetables in a public housing project in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.
    • Mark Mocha: The Ex-Bank Robber
      7/30/09
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      A father of three, Mr. Mocha, 51, served 12 years in prison after robbing nine banks on Long Island.
    • Mary Elizabeth O'Donnell-Moore: The Medical Tourist
      Found to have a rare cancer after graduating from law school in 2008, Ms. O'Donnell-Moore, 27, is living in Manhattan while undergoing treatment.
    • David Vega: The Doorman-Boxer
      7/16/09
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      A lobby attendant on the Upper West Side, Mr. Vega, 52, retired from boxing in 1986 but still earns extra money sparring.
    • Jack Fortmeyer: The Treasure Hunter
      7/9/09
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      A retired firefighter, Mr. Fortmeyer, 69, collects old bottles he unearths from the remains of 18th- and 19th-century backyard outhouses.
    • Joy Seligsohn: The Mature Actress
      7/2/09
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      After majoring in theater at N.Y.U., Ms. Seligsohn, now 82, returned to acting eight years ago, and "plays ages 65 to death."
    • Ann Weintraub: The Blue-Chip Broker
      6/25/09
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      For 27 years, Ms. Weintraub has been selling real estate, mainly in Greenwich Village.
    • Jesse Popp: The Struggling Stand-Up
      6/18/09
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      On Sundays starting at 9 p.m., Mr. Popp, 32, is co-host of a comedy show at the Beauty Bar in Manhattan.
    • Steven Marmo - The Bar Fighter
      6/11/09
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      An ironworker and bike racer, Mr. Marmo, 26, spent much of his teens and early 20s in and out of jail for vandalism, drugs and bar fights.
    • Steven Marmo: The Bar Fighter
      6/11/09
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      An ironworker and bike racer, Mr. Marmo, 26, spent much of his teens and early 20s in and out of jail for vandalism, drugs and bar fights.
    • Jesse Villanueva: The Sneaker Connoisseur
      Since high school, Mr. Villanueva, 32, has obsessively collected sneakers; he now serves "sneaker heads" at Alife Rivington Club, a store on the Lower East Side.
    • Mary Wong Lee: The Adoptive Mother
      5/28/09
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      With three biological sons, Ms. Wong Lee and her husband adopted a girl, Mebrat, from Ethiopia, who they thought was 3, but she was a malnourished 6-year-old.
    • Rivka Karasik: The Religious Runaway
      5/20/09
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      At 21, the age at which she was expected to marry, Ms. Karasik left the Lubavitch community of Hasidic Jews in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.
    • Paul Bockwoldt: The Straight Brother
      5/14/09
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      A lifelong athlete, Mr. Bockwoldt, 28, joined a predominantly gay rugby team on Randalls Island to bond with his brother John.
    • Alexandra Elman: The Blind Wine Taster
      5/7/09
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      Even before losing her sight in 1995 because of diabetes, Ms. Elman, 40, who travels the globe selecting wines for restaurants and shops, had a sophisticated palate.
    • Henry Reininger: The All-Night Accountant
      4/30/09
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      Working with his wife and youngest daughter in an East Village storefront, Mr. Reininger, 72, often has appointments in the wee hours.
    • Amy Rapkiewicz: The Pathologist
      4/23/09
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      At 31, Dr. Rapkiewicz is director of pathology and autopsies at Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan.
    • Jim Romano: The Tabloid Photographer
      4/16/09
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      Since 1946, Mr. Romano, now 80, has chased news on Staten Island for The Daily News, The New York Post, and other papers.
    • Elizabeth Cousins: The Teenage Mother
      4/9/09
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      A junior in high school, Ms. Cousins, 16, lives with her mother and her 19-month-old daughter, Mahniya, in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.
    • Ghassan Elcheikhali: The Tolerance Teacher
      Born in Lebanon, Mr. Elcheikhali, 54, came to the United States in 1986 and is principal of the Razi School in Woodside, Queens.
    • Nancy Bunche: The Mayoral Maid
      3/26/09
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      As housekeeper of Gracie Mansion since 1983, Ms. Bunche, 69, has been a witness to history.
    • Ra Ruiz: The Pier Kid
      Ra Ruiz: The Pier Kid
      Episode 03.19.09
      3/19/09
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      Harassed by schoolmates, Ms. Ruiz, now 22, took refuge among the gay youth hanging out at the Christopher Street pier.
    • Ed Grajales: The Dictaphone Doctor
      3/12/09
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      Besides dictation machines, Mr. Grajales, 67, fixes fax machines, stenography machines, printers -- "anything, more or less, that has to do with the office."
    • Marc Tremitiere: The Baby Deliverer
      3/5/09
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      When his wife went into labor last summer, Mr. Tremitiere, 40, could not wait for the ambulance.
    • Joe Manniello: The Bus-Depot Barber
      2/26/09
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      Originally from a small town near Naples, Italy, Mr. Manniello, 73, has cut hair inside the Port Authority Bus Terminal for the past 36 years.
    • Maggie Wirth: The Singing Waitress
      2/19/09
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      For three decades, Ms. Wirth, 54, has been slinging drinks and entertaining guests at Marie's Crisis, a piano bar in the West Village.
    • Omika Jikaria: The Type A Teenager
      2/12/09
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      A sophomore at Stuyvesant High School, Omika, 15, has been competing in beauty pageants for 10 years.
    • Georgiana DePalma Tedone: The Mozzarella Maker
      At 90, Mrs. Tedone still makes the cheese herself, six days a week, for her Williamsburg, Brooklyn, shop.
    • Henrique Prince: The Subway Busker
      1/29/09
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      A self-taught violinist, Mr. Prince, 60, leads the Ebony Hillbillies, a quartet that plays the Times Square subway station.
    • Melissa Dixson: The Urban Taxidermist
      1/23/09
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      A former painter, Ms. Dixson, 30, taught herself taxidermy, starting with a pair of deer feet.
    • Christian Hubert: The Bridge Bicyclist
      1/16/09
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      Though he suffers from vertigo, Christian Hubert, 60, commutes by bicycle over the Manhattan or Brooklyn Bridge.
    • Joel Karp: The Corner Druggist
      1/8/09
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      Forty-five years after opening Columbia Drugs on the Lower East Side, Mr. Karp, 71, is still the general manager.
    • Freda Degannes: The Walking Miracle
      1/8/09
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      Rare blood disorders sent Ms. Degannes, 39, to the hospital for three months in 2007.
    • Michel Kramer-Metraux: The Wedding Wardrober
      The son of a French silk purveyor, Mr. Kramer-Metraux, 68, is director of men's formal wear at Saks Fifth Avenue.