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Narratively is a digital publication devoted to original, true & in-depth stories about New York, with plans to expand to other cities.

The Elevator Pitch 

New York is bigger and badder, weirder and sadder, and far more uplifting and intoxicating than the news headlines would have you believe. But too many of its stories are left untold. Narratively is changing that, and then we’ll do it in your city, too.

We don’t care about the breaking news or the next big headline. Narratively is devoted exclusively to sharing New York’s untold stories — the rich, in-depth narratives that get at the heart of what this city’s all about. 

The Problem 

It’s no secret that New York is saturated with top-notch media outlets. But in such a fast-paced city, many of those outlets have no choice but to focus on the 24/7 cycle of breaking news, politics, entertainment and gossip. Countless blogs and websites repeat these stories over and over, but few have the time, resources or interest to undertake high-quality feature reporting. As a result, great human-interest pieces about New York are hard to find. 

Our Solution 

Narratively slows down the news cycle. Each week, we’ll explore a different theme about New York and publish a series of connected stories — just one a day — told in the most appropriate medium for each piece. We might feature a longform article with portrait photos on a Monday, followed by an animated documentary on Tuesday, then a photo essay, an audio piece or a short documentary film. Every story gets the space and time it needs to have an impact. We’ll bring you weeks devoted to New York’s waterways, hustlers, sexual subcultures, obscure pastimes and countless other themes. We’ll even get you involved in theme and story selection. 

We place a premium on engaging you, our audience, so throughout the week, we’ll solicit and curate thoughtful feedback and content. We’ll also produce events featuring Q&A's, film screenings, discussions and live storytelling. Narratively is all about providing an immersive and multidimensional storytelling experience that you can’t get elsewhere, certainly not on a local level. 

Who We Are 

Narratively’s founder, publisher and editor-in-chief, Noah Rosenberg, managing editor, Brendan Spiegel, and writers, photographers, filmmakers, illustrators, and web developer/designers have all worked regularly for top media outlets like The New York Times, New York magazine, The New Yorker, CBS News, The BBC, GQ and MediaStorm, among other innovative and experimental properties. 

We’re professionals who pride ourselves on our journalistic integrity, and we’re passionate storytellers who will push the envelope when it comes to creativity and craft. 

Join Us 

We can’t do this alone. Since announcing this project, and through a subsequent profile written about us, we’ve been humbled by the outpouring of support from around the world. Now we need your help. With $50,000 in Kickstarter funding from you, our talented team will create six months of compelling, innovative and important Narratively stories — stories you won’t find elsewhere. Your generous pledges will also allow us to complete development of the Narratively website and roll out the plan we believe will help us become sustainable after our initial six months. We’re confident that, given the right resources and support, you’ll quickly realize why our team is so passionate and dedicated to sharing Narratively with you. 

Please make a pledge to Narratively, and please stick with us beyond our Kickstarter campaign; your support, ideas, enthusiasm and criticism are integral to our success, as we expand the art of true storytelling in new directions. We welcome your comments here, as well as your emails, which can be directed to noah@narrative.ly. Also, please follow Narratively on Twitter and Facebook, and join our email list to be notified about our upcoming launch. 

Your support is invaluable. Thank you for believing in us. 

Collaboration Credits 

We are so passionate about the city of New York, and its vibrant, one-of-a-kind residents that we felt it was only proper to make use of their ideas and talents in our Kickstarter campaign. To that end, we would be nowhere without the invaluable support of the following people:

Video Credits

Aaron Wolfe (Director, Editor)                                                                           Giga Shane (Camera, Producer)                                                                

Diana Diroy (Additional Camera)                                                                 Luke Rafferty (Additional Camera)                                                               Noah Rosenberg (Script, Additional Camera) 

Music 

"Love and Beauty" by Brooklyn musician DJ Oneman 

Photography 

Last, but by no means least, we solicited New York City photographs from you via Twitter, Facebook and our email list leading up to the launch of our Kickstarter campaign. Those photographs, many of which were featured in the opening montage of our video, were kindly and creatively submitted by: 

Anika Anand, Alison Brockhouse, Johnny Bruce, Michael Cervieri, Herman Chang, Brian Chaszar, Max Dionne, Holly Ellis, Benjamin Fractenberg, Jacob Gordon, David Grossman, Sara Huneke, Danny Krieger, Roland Li, Zach Lowry, Peter Moskowitz, Luke Rafferty, Tim Soter and Donny Tsang.

Thank you for helping us make our Kickstarter campaign — not to mention the world’s introduction to Narratively — unusual and personal and original. We look forward to future collaborations. 

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    Be the story. A Narratively photojournalist will shoot you in an iconic (or little-known) New York setting of your choice. (New York Harbor as the backdrop for your family holiday card? Engagement photos under the Brooklyn Bridge? Portrait of your beloved pooch in Prospect Park?) If you’re not in New York, we’ll shoot a professional series of your favorite NYC setting and send you a digital portfolio, plus you’ll receive the rewards from all of the previous levels of support.

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