From the Bronx to Staten Island, we follow five stories that show what makes New York City Resilient. NYC Overcoming, a series of 5 short films packaged into a 1-hour special. Produced in collaboration with Firelight Films. This documentary aims to celebrate the efforts of the nightlife, hospitality, and entertainment communities throughout the five boroughs as they recover from pandemic hardships.
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Women’s World of Boxing; Fight like a girl! tells the story of the first women’s boxing gym in Harlem, which provides a safe, comfortable, and uplifting space for women and girls in a male-dominated sport. Throughout the toughest times of the pandemic, owner Reese Scott never gave up hope, transitioning to Zoom and outdoor lessons until she was once again able to open the doors and connect with the community through afterschool programs and partnerships with local precincts.
Eyes on the NYC Marathon brings awareness to the iconic New York City Marathon and the void it left behind when the pandemic halted a 50-year tradition in 2020. Sara Zutter, a special education teacher at Brooklyn’s PS 172 and coach for the Rising New York Road Runners, is training for the marathon’s return so she can make her students proud and raise awareness about heart diseases and reproduction system disorders, drawing from her own personal battles with these health issues.
Enoteca Maria; Bringing Back Grandma’s Cooking details the efforts of the Staten Island restaurant to keep its kitchen staff safe, give back to the community and find new ways to support the business. Chefs from the restaurant, lovingly referred to as “nonnas,” are local grandmothers whose high-risk status meant the restaurant had to shut down. But that didn’t stop them from handing out soup to essential workers, selling homemade sauces online and fostering togetherness through the power of food.