Still Living at Home

Still Living at Home

Three times a week, Sasha Stjarne takes a 20-minute walk from her parents’ apartment in the East Village to her job downtown. In nice weather, this feels like a luxury. Other times, it feels like a punishment. “I live with my parents to save money,” Stjarne said. “At...
Not much will change

Not much will change

http://cdn.nycitynewsservice.com/blogs.dir/1019/files/2017/05/Jamel-White.mp3 Jamel White has a baby on the way and another one at home, and he makes $12.50 an hour. He lives at home with his parents and works at Organic Avenue, a boutique Manhattan health food store...
Taking pride in his work

Taking pride in his work

http://cdn.nycitynewsservice.com/blogs.dir/1019/files/2017/05/Jose-Camacho_1.mp3 Jose Camacho, 32, has been working at the same job at the market in Williamsburg since he left Mexico 12 years ago. Today he sits on a green stand, eating a banana during a break from his...
Pizza, pizza

Pizza, pizza

Isaac Mettey emigrated from Ghana 10 years ago to pursue the American dream. For the last two years, he’s been earning the minimum wage making pizzas at a Little Caesars in Washington Heights. He doesn’t earn tips. In January, Mettey, who is in his 40s, saw his...
Waffles for wages

Waffles for wages

As the weather gets warmer, people flock to Chinatown’s Eggloo for one of its signature Hong Kong egg waffles with ice cream. One of the waffle makers, Choung woo Hyun, 21, who was born in South Korea and moved here as a toddler, says he makes the minimum wage....
Not much left over

Not much left over

Back in Venezuela, she was a radio journalist. When she came here in 2016, she planned to continue her career here. Instead, she earns $8 an hour making smoothies in Washington Heights. Ivana, 25, who did not want to give her last name, earns about $1,200 per month...