David Community Fellowship: The NYC Nomad by Ed Casabian

Please join us and welcome our fifth Community Fellow Ed Casabian in this guest post and learn about his Fellowship project and the ways you can get involved.

Who am I?

My name is Ed Casabian, and I’m excited to be a SoundCloud Community Fellow. For the past 15 months I have been the NYC Nomad, which is a project / social experiment in which I live in a different neighborhood, with different people, every week. So far I’ve stayed in 41 neighborhoods in New York City across the five boroughs. I like to give my hosts a chance to use me as an excuse to visit new places in their own neighborhood, and share what it is that they love about the city with me. I’ve always loved traveling, but its been a very unique experience to travel in my own city.

I’ve gained a variety of perspectives during my project both through the people I meet and the places I stay. I’ve stayed with people ranging from the age of 11 months to 80 years old and my commute has included every subway line (there are 22), the bus, a boat, my foldable bike, and walking. I think New York City is a place best seen by many different perspectives, and these perspectives are a lot of what I’ve been searching for throughout my experience.

My Fellowship:

Perhaps the most fascinating thing about my project is all the different people I meet. In fact, I found out about SoundCloud through someone I stayed with during my third week of this project.

For my fellowship, each week I will search for and interview the most interesting person in the neighborhood I’m living in. Here is a recording I captured with 94 year old Bernie in my most recent neighborhood of Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan. He’s lived there since 1949.

An Interview with 94 Year Old Bernie in Stuy Town by thenycnomad

Get Involved!

Even if I am nomadic and moving every week, there is no way I can capture all of the unique stories cities have to offer. So please contribute with an interview using the record feature of the SoundCloud apps for iPhone or Android. It can be the owner of a local business, a friend, or someone who you’ve always wanted to talk to but never had a reason to. And it doesn’t have to be in New York City. I think New Yorkers are some of the most interesting people in the world, but there are stories across the United States and the rest of the world waiting to be told.

To contribute, you can check my Tumblr blog for more information or easily submit to the SoundCloud group City Stories. Please follow me on Twitter @thenycnomad (also look for hashtag #citystories) and like my Facebook page.

Thanks, and I hope to see you in your neighborhood! Oh and check out Betabeat who just published a story about my Fellowship.

Meet the other Fellows:

Alex Stiver and United Sounds

Evan Tenenbaum: Organic City Sounds

Katie Needs and Sounds Of My City

Eduardo Lipe and the Without Walls Project

  • Viv

    Cool thing you have going on. Do you have internet access? You should check out http://www.CityMaps.com Its a virtual/interactive map of the city that will probably lead you to some hidden treasures

  • Annette1027

    Great interview Ed! This 94 year old has it all together! He doesn’t sound his age at all. Good idea. XXX

  • Anonymous

    Great project, brilliant idea. I’m wondering if something similar could be done in my city (Cambridge, UK).

    On a more pedantic note: The link to your tumblr blog doesn’t work (it takes you to theycnomad.tumblr.com instead of thenycnomad.tumblr.com). Shouldn’t be too hard to fix, so thought I’d let you know.

  • Hey thanks, glad you like the project and thanks for the heads up on the typo, just fixed the link.

    I think it would be great to have you join Ed and find an interesting person in Cambridge every week. That’s what we set up the group for so you can contribute and we have Ed’s and all other City Stories in one place.

    Let me know if you have any questions or need help, definitely awesome to know that you want to join the fun.


  • Must the interviews be “using the record feature of the SoundCloud apps for iPhone or Android” ? I don’t have a phone that would run either of those

  • You can use any way to record, we hope you’ll use SoundCloud to share the interviews :)

    Looking forward to your participation!

  • YosTek


  • Hey there…thanks for the nice words.  It would be really great to get some stories from Cambridge.  I think the process of finding people to interview is going to be just as interesting as the interviews.  Look forward to hearing from you.


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