YouTube streamers make money walking around NYC

Lots of New Yorkers fell in love with taking lengthy walks throughout the pandemic. Now, a few of them have made it their jobs.

Kenneth Chin give up his profession as an accountant in January to concentrate on walking around neighborhoods — Times Square one night time, Jackson Heights the following day, then Williamsburg — and livestreaming what he sees on YouTube.

“New York City really is a city that’s full of life and endless things to do; there’s always new opportunities, new things opening up,” mentioned Chin, 33, whose ActionKid channel has 266,000 subscribers and greater than 84.8 million views.

“People are realizing that, ‘Wow, I can actually really showcase my city in a way that I enjoy it and show it to my audience,’ ” he added.

Kenneth Chin's YouTube channel ActionKid has over 265,000 subscribers, and his videos regularly get over 10,000 views.
Kenneth Chin’s YouTube channel ActionKid has over 266,000 subscribers, and his movies usually recover from 10,000 views.
Kenneth Chin

Livestream walking excursions of New York City have develop into extremely in style because the begin of the pandemic, as folks around the world have been wanting to see one thing past their very own backyards. Viewers tuned in for the curiosity issue of an empty metropolis, then stored coming again because the hustle and bustle returned.

Chin, who began livestreaming his walks in 2019, has gained 149,000 subscribers and averaged around 4 million views per 30 days since final March. He’s made nearly 3,000 movies and a few — walks around Fifth Avenue, Times Square and Downtown Brooklyn — have notched up one million or extra views.

He mentioned a single livestream can pull in 100 {dollars} or extra simply from viewer donations. Filming around a principally empty Times Square this previous New Year’s Eve, Chin earned $2,000 after taxes from donations and ads.

Sifat Razwan, 23, a pupil at Queens College who runs the NYC Walking Show, can make between $400 and $1,000 or extra for movies that rack up 100,000 views. Although Razwan, who has greater than 43,000 subscribers, doesn’t pursue livestreaming full time, he acknowledges that “whatever I’m making is quite enough for me.”

He sometimes sticks to vacationer spots like Central Park, Roosevelt Island and Coney Island.

“I think people really like my enthusiasm, how I talk, how I share my experiences,” Razwan instructed The Post.

Kenneth Chin, who goes by ActionKid on YouTube, is joined by Sifat Razwan, The NYC Walking Show on YouTube, on a live-stream in Jamaica, Queens.
Kenneth Chin, who goes by ActionKid on YouTube, is joined by Sifat Razwan, The NYC Walking Show on YouTube, on a live-stream in Jamaica, Queens.

In addition to hitting the anticipated Little Italy and Brooklyn Bridge, Chin usually takes viewers to neighborhoods much less traveled, like East New York and the Hole, a Queens neighborhood that’s some 30 ft under sea stage and suffers from dire flooding.

Commenters generally name him out for describing an space as “sketchy.” One posted about Chin’s “NYC Most Dangerous Neighborhoods?: Walking Brownsville & East New York, Brooklyn via Sutter Avenue” video: “ppl from the hood are just ordinary ppl trying to make it day by day with the little they have.”

Kenneth Chin, ActionKid on YouTube, published a viral video on The Hole, a run-down area in Queens.
Kenneth Chin, ActionKid on YouTube, printed a viral video on The Hole, a run-down space in Queens.

Dramatic climate circumstances herald numerous viewers for Chin and Ariel Viera, whose Urbanist channel has greater than 43,000 subscribers.

“I think people just want to feel close to the city, despite them being thousands of miles away, [so] when a large snowstorm happens it’s like a major event to them,” mentioned Viera, who seems on digicam as he samples meals in Astoria’s Little Brazil or rides an East River ferry. He additionally interacts with commenters whereas he’s walking around and streaming.

Kenneth Chin, ActionKid on YouTube, live-streams during a blizzard earlier this year.
Kenneth Chin, ActionKid on YouTube, live-streams throughout a blizzard earlier this 12 months.

“I tell people stories about the history, we chat about the architecture, we speculate about what this building used to be,” mentioned Viera, who’s in his 30s and does this full time. “On a tour, I’m researching anywhere from three to 10 hours or more if I’m deeply interested in the subject.”

Ariel Viera, or Urbanist on YouTube, walks through Washington Heights on a recent live-stream.
Ariel Viera, or Urbanist on YouTube, walks by way of Washington Heights on a current live-stream.
Ariel Viera/Youtube

Karla Murray, 52, a photographer who runs the James and Karla channel together with her husband, mentioned additionally they draw viewers from so far as Australia and Germany.

“Some say that they don’t think they’ll ever be able to come to New York,” Murray mentioned. “A woman who’s on dialysis everyday, she can’t possibly travel, but she watches it because she just loves New York and she loves these small little independent stores in the places where she’s from, and she sees it as an extension of what’s happening in her own country or town.”

The streamers are hopeful the development will outlive pandemic boredom.

“When [viewers] say to us, ‘Oh, this is so nice, I feel like I’m eating the meal with you, or walking in Central Park with you’ … we love that, because that’s what we’re trying to achieve through these walks,” Murray mentioned. “We’re trying to bring a little piece of New York to them, wherever they are.”

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