Jobs in New York City aren’t all in Silicon Alley. The people who make the city’s service economy run put up with pests, stress, lost toes and modest wages, all in a day’s work. Six of them tell their stories.
Twenty years ago, Assemblyman Al Vann promised to lead a grand coalition of blacks and Puerto Ricans that would run the city right–from the left. Now he’s lucky to hold onto a diminishing Bed-Stuy power base, and a united, powerful black Brooklyn is once again just a dream.