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Our team, armed with 360-degree video equipment, hit the streets of the city. They returned with a series of stories that captures the virtual reality of life for various New Yorkers – from disabled climbers scaling new heights to a community creating an oasis in the sky to performers strutting their stuff at a drag show.

[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/vd6bBx1ET9o” align=”center” title=”The Future is Female for Stilt Dancers” el_class=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In Brooklyn, children can learn to be Moko Jumbies—stilt dancers whose art has origins in the Caribbean and a cultural background that can be traced back to Africa. In the Tropical Fete group, women are taking the lead, as Keishel Williams reports.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”black”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/jlzEuu4Q2tA” align=”center” title=”Taking Wing Again” el_class=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Get up close with The Wild Bird Fund, a rehab center on the Upper West Side that treats more than 3,000 sick, injured or orphaned birds each year to release back into the wilds of New York City. Matthew Cutler and Eddy Martinez report.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”black”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/ez1DjWVO-Yc” align=”center” title=”Looking for a Miracle at St. Veronica’s” el_class=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Church of St. Veronica’s closed last summer, another victim of cutbacks. But parishioners still meet on Sundays to say the Rosary outside the Greenwich Village house of worship with hopes it will reopen. Constanza Gallardo and Maritza Villela report. (A version of this story appeared in WestView News.)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”black”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/2YwvoWa1t6Y” align=”center” title=”Drag Festival Soars in Queens” el_class=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Bushwig 2017 drag festival at the Knockdown Center in Maspeth featured Pepto Dismal, Horrorchata and other performers. The sixth annual edition of the two-day event drew fans, old and new. Robert Exley and Anuz Thapa report. (A version of this story appeared in the Ridgewood Times.)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”black”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/YOSMXWXVvjs” align=”center” title=”Drug Crisis Spurs Local Help ” el_class=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]President Trump declared the country’s opioid epidemic a national emergency this year. Community centers like the Washington Heights Corner Project are scrambling to address the crisis with needle exchange programs and outreach efforts. Constanza Gallardo and Joaquin Torres report.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”black”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/BHsIdYTcV3A” align=”center” title=”Scaling New Heights” el_class=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Three climbers with disabilities describe their experiences with the Adaptative Climbers Group, a community of athletes who challenge themselves and strive to inspire others. They climb regularly at Brooklyn Boulders in Queens. Maria Camila Montañez and Carlos Serrano report.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”black”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/hH2FhFqLPMg” align=”center” title=”Living in New York’s Oldest House” el_class=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]James Scales is the caretaker of the Wyckoff House in Brooklyn. Once home to generations of the Wyckoff family, the building, whose earliest room dates to 1652, now serves the community through educational activities and farm-based programs. Miamichelle Abad and Maritza Villela report.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”black”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/iWVRVLMBwLQ” align=”center” title=”Nature in the Sky” el_class=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Brooklyn’s Kingsland Wildflower rooftop aims to provide a green habitat for birds and insects. The Greenpoint garden spouted in response to longstanding environmental challenges facing the neighborhood. Lidia Hernandez and Angelo Paura report.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_separator color=”black”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_video link=”https://youtu.be/L5oyOxaiSpQ” align=”center” title=”Looking for Places to Call Home” el_class=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Amid record homelessness in the city, the battlegrounds to create more affordable housing for seniors and other vulnerable New Yorkers stretch from City Hall to the campaign trail. Maria Montanez and Joaquin Torres report. (A version of this story appeared in Kings County Politics.)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

(Telling New York Stories Inside-Out was produced in partnership with the Center for Community and Ethnic Media, and with the support of Journalism 360°, the Online News Association, the Knight Foundation and Google News Lab.)