Weaving and whizzing through traffic, bike couriers are synonymous with the hustle and bustle of a thriving city. In a world where practically everything is “on-demand,” they contribute vitally to delivering things almost instantly. 21-year-old Daniel Rodriguez loves being a bike courier, but he relies on tips to supplement his hourly wage of $11. Still living at home in the Bronx, he gives half of his earnings to his mother to pay bills, but will he be able to save enough to finish college and start his dream career? Watch the latest episode of My Everyday Hustle now!
Update: Since we conducted this interview, Daniel has moved on to work for another company.
We see them every day and often depend on them. They are an integral part of the fabric of any city, including New York. They are the people who make our lunch, deliver our dinner, drive us around, walk our dog, and sing for us in the subway. “My Everyday Hustle” offers five fascinating first-person profiles that reveal the struggles, successes, and “daily hustle” of everyday people.
Meet a dog walker, street cart vendor, on-demand driver, courier, and subway performer that are all working hard to just get by. Who are the people behind these jobs? How do they make ends meet in one of the most expensive cities in the nation? Is the American dream achievable for them? Learn about the everyday hustle for these New Yorkers and how they support themselves and their families, and how they see themselves “Chasing the Dream.”
This series was produced by Geraldine Moriba, Ed Hersh, Hazel Gurland-Pooler, Maya Navon, Julie Florio, Andrew Robertson, and Rich Abraham.