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Ben is a visual producer for THE CITY. He previously worked at the Forward as a national political reporter and DNAinfo as a New York City-based reporter/photographer. He is a proud alumnus of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.

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De Blasio Promises Repairs to Decrepit and Dangerous Playgrounds

"We need these playgrounds fixed," he said after THE CITY reported more than one in 10 NYCHA playgrounds are shuttered because of unsafe conditions. Mayoral candidate Eric Adams called for swift repairs. But residents remained skeptical.

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NYC Celebrates Hope and Perseverance With ‘Hometown Heroes’ Parade

The Canyon of Heroes march from the Battery to City Hall honored health care workers, transit workers, food deliverers and other essential workers who kept the city going during the pandemic. It marked New York’s first ticker-tape salute since 2019.

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Tears and Joy as Rikers Island Resumes In-Person Visits

The Department of Correction stopped visitation last spring at the beginning of the pandemic. Now family and friends of detainees are returning under a new system.

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PHOTOS: Following 2020’s Float-ing Graduation, Seniors Celebrate Together

After documenting the Manhattan Urban Assembly School for Emergency Management’s door-to-door graduation in 2020, THE CITY returned this year to see the high school’s in-person, yet still socially distanced, revelry.

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Primary Color: Scenes From an Unprecedented NYC Mayoral Campaign Season

Check out views from the trail after months of campaigning in a primary made historic by the pandemic and the impending citywide debut of ranked choice voting.

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PHOTOS: New Yorkers Breathe It All Back in as the City Starts Reopening

From parks in Brooklyn to museums in Manhattan to a certain stadium in The Bronx, our team captured scenes of people re-embracing a city on the rebound.

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PHOTOS: Manhattan Seniors Get Their Shot at Hope as COVID-19 Vaccinations Hit Home

Take an inside look at second-dose day at Wien House. On display: the efforts of health care workers and staff — and the human bonds forged helping some of New York’s most vulnerable residents.

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PHOTOS: NYC Nor’easter Brings Snow Globe Scenes

For the first time in nearly a year, much of the city was eerily quiet for reasons other than solely the pandemic.

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PHOTOS: How New Yorkers Forged on Through 2020, a Year Like No Other

Here are some images from a year that will forever link us as New Yorkers — offering glimpses into a city again surviving by finding connections even amid heartbreak and isolation.

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Nine Days, One Million Ballots: How New Yorkers Found Community in Early Voting Lines

After months of limited social interactions, early voting brought people together — on long, socially distanced lines. Here are some scenes from the final weekend before Election Day.