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The YouTube auteur was New York’s best documentarian — he even lured me back to the Big Apple

The first video Casey Neistat ever uploaded to YouTube sought to answer a question that every New Yorker has likely puzzled over: when is it okay to pull the emergency brake on a New York City subway train?

It’s 2010, and Neistat appears on screen in black sunglasses, which he wears so that the viewer is not distracted by the movement of his eyes as they scan the train car in which he is filming. “I’m gonna touch it” he teases and the camera pans up to capture his fingers reaching towards the break, grasping it lightly. …

Elizabeth de Luna

I write about online culture and the YouTube creator community.

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