‘Humans of New York’ lands a Facebook video series – CNET

“Humans of New York,” in which regular New Yorkers talk about their lives, is one of the best things about Facebook, in my opinion — and I don’t live anywhere near Manhattan.

Although it started out as a blog, the site has a popular Facebook page (with 18 million fans). That means you’ve perhaps seen friends sharing its posts in your News Feed. In the interviews, ordinary citizens discuss their relationships, their challenges, and their triumphs, however small — a neat break from the overwhelming global news you can read anywhere. 

And as of next week, it’ll have a 12-part Facebook video series on the site’s new video platform, Facebook Watch.

“Early on I realized that video would add a deeper layer to Humans of New York,” site funder Brandon Stanton says on the site, adding that he’s filmed 1,200 interviews over four years with the help of cinematographer Michael Crommett.

“Instead of posting these videos one day at a time, I held onto them so that one day I could combine them into something special,” Stanton said. “My goal was not to make a television show based on Humans of New York. I wanted the television show to *be* Humans of New York. I think I came pretty close. And I think/hope you will love it.”