Besnik "Nik" Sokoli built a makeshift gym in the basement of one of the buildings he manages while he trains for the Kosovo olympic ski team. Sokoli bought a ski trainer machine on eBay and a mask to mimic low-oxygen environments. Sokoli, a war refugee that left Kosovo in 1999, is the super of a small group of buildings in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn and is attempting to qualify for Kosovo's olympic ski team.
Sokoli is the super of a small group of buildings in the DUMBO section of Brooklyn and is attempting to qualify for Kosovo's olympic ski team. Sokoli spent his youth skiing with his father. "My father was a great man," Sokoli said. "It was my father's dream for me to continue skiing. And it's my dream for my kids too."
Besnik "Nik" Sokoli fled Kosovo in 1999 as a war refugee and resettled in the United States. He works as a super for a group of rental properties in DUMBO Brooklyn. Sokoli has been skiing since he was three years old, but just started racing earlier this year. At 36 years old, he is working to qualify for Kosovo's olympic ski team. He trains in the basement of one of the buildings he manages.
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Havana, Cuba, 2017.
Trinidad, Cuba, 2017.
Havana, Cuba, 2017.
Vertina Brown holds a picture of her daughter Tiarah Poyau where Poyau was shot and killed near the intersection of Empire Boulevard and Franklin Avenue in Brooklyn during the 2016 J'Ouvert celebration. "She was my only child and her legacy is my legacy. I want people to remember her for the good she did and not just be another statistic," Brown said about her 22-year-old daughter. Poyau was a graduate student at St. John's University in Queens, where she completed her undergraduate degree in accounting.
Michael Edwards practices with the Despers steel drum orchestra in their Crown Heights' "panyard". The steel band is preparing for the annual New York Steelband Panorama competition, which will take place during the Labor Day weekend celebrations of Caribbean culture.
Alexander Smart, left, practices with the Despers steel drum orchestra in their Crown Heights' "panyard" on Monday. The steel band is preparing for the annual New York Steelband Panorama competition, which will take place during the Labor Day weekend celebrations of Caribbean culture.
Bassist Robert Trujillo of the band Metallica performs at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. The iconic heavy metal band went on their "World Wired" tour for their tenth studio album in 2017. It was the bands first tour in six years.
Fans cheer for the band Metallica performs at the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island. The iconic heavy metal band went on their "World Wired" tour for their tenth studio album in 2017. It was the bands first tour in six years.
As a production illustrator with Disney, Tyrus Wong worked on the classic film, "Bambi." The 104-year-old painter, muralist, ceramicist, lithographer, designer and kite-maker's work helped define the visual style of early Disney movies.
Brendan Fay, Edith Windsor, Daniel Dromm and Malachy McCourt sing before marching down Fifth Avenue with the Lavender and Green Alliance in New York City's Saint Patrick's Day Parade. This marks the first year that the LGBT group was allowed to join the parade.
Revelers pack the streets of Manhattan's Chinatown for the annual Lunar New Year Parade.
Former Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver leaves court after being convicted of charges including: fraud, money laundering and extortion. The Manhattan-born politician was later sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Leyya Mona Tawil rehearses her experimental dance piece, "Atlas," at Chez Bushwick. Tawil begins the piece by rolling on the floor until she can't physically continue and then she performs a series of choreographed movements. "On one level, I'm burdening myself," Tawil said. "But then unburdening myself from my ego." Tamil is a Syrian-Palestinian American and will perform at New York Live Arts's, "Live Ideas: Arab Works, Solos," which will feature the work of artists who all share a Middle Eastern heritage.
Annie McDermott dances during the annual Chinese New Year celebration at the new location of Nancy Lee's Pig Heaven restaurant on Third Avenue in Manhattan.
Brooklyn resident Karen Thompson dressed as Star Sapphire Lantern from the Green Lantern at New York Comic Con. By day, Thompson is a seat vendor at Madison Square Garden and Citi Field.
Hilary Knight sits in the bedroom of his Manhattan apartment. Filmmaker Matt Wolf's documentary about Knight, "It's Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise," will air on HBO on March 23.
Priests file in a procession down Pacific Street in Brooklyn. James Massa and Witold Mroziewski were ordained as Auxiliary Bishops in the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Hundreds of subway riders met up at seven locations throughout New York City and converged on Union Square for the annual, "No Pants Subway Ride," organized by the group Improv Everywhere.
Kristina Radke and Ben Rich swing dance to the sounds of Dan Levinson's Swing Wing near the intersection of 49th Street and Fifth Avenue during the annual Easter parade and bonnet festival.
Hundreds of mourners light candles spelling, "Pray for Nepal," in Jackson Heights's Diversity Plaza to mourn the victims of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015.
Narbahabudha, center, is overcome with emotion for the suffering of the Nepali people during a candlelight vigil in Jackson Heights, Queens's Diversity Plaza. A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck the country on April 25, 2015.
The Lucky Chops Brass Band get the crowd dancing with their blend of jazz, funk, gospel and rock during the Obscura Society's evening of live music and dancing dedicated to the spirit of the Jazz Age. The party was hosted in the crypt of the Church of the Intercession of Harlem and attendees dressed in period clothing, drank cocktails and danced to the high-energy sounds of the Lucky Chops Brass Band.
Dancers with Sachiyo Ito's Dance Japan perform the dance "Yanaga no Wakaba" at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden's Sakura Matsuri festival. In addition to celebrating the emergence of the Garden's cherry blossoms, the festival highlighted Japanese culture with taiko drumming displays, a cosplay fashion show, Japaese dance, tea ceremonies and more events.
Three sheep; Mulberry, Prince and Mott, graze in the Saint Patrick's Old Cathedral cemetery in Manhattan. The sheep were brought to the church in honor of the Christian symbol of the "good shepherd" and to celebrate the kickoff of the church's official restoration.
Personal project on diversity along Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, New York.
Jackson Heights subway station. Personal project on diversity along Roosevelt Avenue in Queens, New York.
Rachael Hjyjek practices hula hoop moves with her fellow members of the Fashion Institute of Technology's Hoop Troop. Hyjek formed the Hoop Troop three years ago and a mutual passion for hula-hooping brought the group together, which now has twelve members. "Our college experience wouldn't have been the same without the Hoop Troop," Hyjek said.
Maciej Barteczka and Tyler Kent, (not pictured) walk a pack of 14 dogs near Greenwich Avenue. Barteczka and Kent work for Beast Masters, which offers boarding, and day care in addition to dog walking.