Invisible in Plain Sight

Invisible in Plain Sight will be the first installment of Under New York City.

Newsstand Vendor, 2014

Newsstand Vendor, 2014

This segment focuses on the newsstand vendors spending long hours in the cramped kiosks on the subway platforms. The workers - nearly all immigrants from Bangladesh - are strangers in a strange land, isolated in their cluttered kiosks for long stretches while the city rushes past.

Do you ever wonder about them - how they got here, why they came here, what they've experienced? What is the city like from their perspective?

There used to be 5000 newsstands, now there are maybe 2000. Two newsstands have boarded up in the past month on the AC/BD platforms at Columbus Circle. Who's next?

Newsstand Vendor, 2017

Newsstand Vendor, 2017

It's time we get to know the newsstand vendors working underground. I will be documenting and interviewing them later this month.

Party Time!

Under New York City is having a launch/fundraiser on Tuesday, August 8, 6:30pm - 8:30pm at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP, 30 John St. Brooklyn, NY 11201.

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Learn about Under New York City while enjoying the complimentary beer or wine.

Enter our raffle to win one of two valuable prizes!! 1) Chesher’s unique half-day personal photo shoot. 2) A half-day private street photography workshop with Chesher.

There will also be a selection of Chesher’s creations for sale at special prices -- her rock ‘n’ roll prints, coffee table books and more. Preview these items at

If you love New York City (or you just love Chesher), this is a great opportunity to come see what we are doing and give us some support.

Launch Day!



I'm so excited to unveil my upcoming project, Under New York City!

Even though I've been working - researching, scouting, applying for grants, and creating - on the project over the past six months, it's officially beginning today with the launch of this website and our social media platforms.

What's next? Exploring, digging, leaving no stone unturned as we hunt down the underground's stories.

We hope to create a community here, where you participate, advise or just check in to see what we're up to. 

Next week this blog will be privatized, making it a perk for those who have given their support through donations. You'll see unpublished photographs, stories and videos as we uncover the secrets under NYC. Check out the options on the Home page. Any amount gets you in the door.

Don't forget to follow on our social media platforms below.

:) Chesher