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The Last Trailer Park

Emmy winner 2017

The Last Trailer Park

Inside the last trailer park in Nassau County, a tight-knit community has dispersed after a spirited 9-year legal battle that the residents were never equipped to fight. Newsday followed the last remaining family as it struggled against a deadline to find an alternative to becoming homeless.

Out of the Shadows: Remembering the Negro Leagues

Emmy winner 2017

Out of the Shadows: Remembering the Negro Leagues

From archival interviews with Negro League legends Buck O'Neil and Monte Irvin to commentary from contemporary baseball figures lJoe Torre, Curtis Granderson, Tony Clark and Rob Manfred, Newsday examines the history of Negro League baseball the breaking of the color barrier.

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church recovers from fire

Emmy winner 2017

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church recovers from fire

After a devastating fire last July, the congregants of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in West Babylon are finally back in their building. After months of rebuilding and the cleaning of icons, they will hold their Easter services inside their church on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

Chris Weidman: The Fighter and the Father

Emmy winner 2017

Chris Weidman: The Fighter and the Father

Explore the professional and personal lives of the former UFC champion Chris Weidman through a parallel video experience. Using a unique, dual-view technique, the viewer can toggle between two timelines, Weidman the father and Weidman the fighter.

TWA Flight 800

Emmy nominee 2017

TWA Flight 800

Nearly 20 years after TWA Flight 800 crashed over the Atlantic off East Moriches shortly after takeoff, two Newsday journalists - editor Steve Wick, who was a reporter at the time, and photographer J. Conrad Williams Jr. -- recall covering the aviation disaster that occurred on July 17, 1996.

Gilgo: 5 Years Later

Emmy nominee 2017

Gilgo: 5 Years Later

Five years after the first body was found, on Dec. 11, 2015, Newsday took a comprehensive look at the state of the investigation and caught up with family members. Explore the full interactive at newsday.com/gilgo.

Street Racer: The culture of speed on Long Island

Emmy nominee 2017

Street Racer: The culture of speed on Long Island

For two years, Newsday has followed and filmed various Long Island drag racers. While some practice the sport legally, there exists a sub-culture of racers who do not. The consequences of those illegal street races have, at times, led to tragedy. For decades, there were three sanctioned drag strips on Long Island. But each has been shuttered, leaving many in the film to wonder, if Long Island still had a legal drag strip, would that curtail the amount of illegal racing?

Finding families

Emmy nominee 2017

Finding families

One on Long Island share their stories of unique adoptions - Gloria and Thomas Costello of Bay Shore have brought 13 children with disabilities into their home; Nancy Todd of Bay Shore adopted her son Carl when he was 16; Jean and Jeff Behrens are adjusting to a language barrier with their son Franklin, who was adopted from an orphanage in Colombia.

Sand mandalas

Emmy nominee 2017

Sand mandalas

In what is becoming an annual tradition during peace week at Friends Academy, Buddhist monk Lama Tenzin Yignyen was invited back to the Locust Valley school to create a sand mandala and teach students about his philosophies and ideas. The mandala, which takes five days to create, is dismantled and tossed into Oyster Bay at the end of the week.

Remembering Ali

Emmy nominee 2017

Remembering Ali

Remembering Muhammad Ali, the most transcendent sports figure in American culture. Ali died from complications from Parkinson's disease on June 3, 2016.

Hopkins, Trinidad and 9/11

Emmy nominee 2017

Hopkins, Trinidad and 9/11

The middleweight championship fight between Bernard Hopkins and Felix Trinidad was scheduled for Sept. 15, 2001. When terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, the fight at Madison Square Garden was postponed for two weeks. Hopkins and other people who were at the Garden that night recall the emotions surrounding the event.

The inspiration of Ian Matuszak

Emmy nominee 2017

The inspiration of Ian Matuszak

For nearly 21 years, Ian Matuszak fought. He was born with cerebral palsy and died after a battle with esophageal cancer. Along the way, Matuszak, from Westbury earned his blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and touched the lives of thousands of people he came across.

Leaving Long Island: Islanders' Last Season at Nassau Coliseum

Emmy nominee 2017

Leaving Long Island: Islanders' Last Season at Nassau Coliseum

Newsday followed Islanders employees, fans and players throughout the emotional ride during their last season at the Nassau Coliseum.

Softball player Kim Basile

Emmy nominee 2017

Softball player Kim Basile

Kim Basile is a catcher on the Island Trees High School softball team. She is just like everyone else on her team, she says. What sets her apart? She plays with just one hand.

Miracle in 5th Period

Emmy nominee 2017

Miracle in 5th Period

On the eighth day of classes in September, Wisdom Lane Middle School eighth-grader Jessica Lemus of Levittown suffered cardiac arrest during fifth-period science class, and her heart stopped for 7 minutes. This documentary details how everyone's life has been changed - especially hers.

Under the helmet: Inside HS Football Helmets on LI

Emmy nominee 2017

Under the helmet: Inside HS Football Helmets on LI

An in-depth look at concussions and helmet safety and how they have impacted high school football players on Long Island.

Warriors for life

Emmy nominee 2017

Warriors for life

A pair of teams from a small, underestimated Suffolk town claimed state basketball titles side by side, a feat that had not been accomplished by a public school on Long Island. Thirty five years later the Wyandanch Warriors reconnect to tell their story.

A Winning Team

Emmy nominee 2017

A Winning Team

Twins John and Joe Tardif were born prematurely and their parents were not sure they would survive. Now, 18 years later, Joe is an accomplished athlete who is a star player in baseball, soccer and basketball. John has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair and cannot speak, but he is Joe's biggest fan and never misses a game.

The Cost of Corruption

The Cost of Corruption

A dumpster-diving whistleblower shed light on alleged corruption in the town of Oyster Bay. After two years reporting on the story, federal investigators have brought charges against Nassau's top politician and his wife, and a town's supervisor, in a case that began with a local restaurateur.

Life After Football

Emmy winner 2016

Life After Football

Newsday explores why so many former NFL players struggle while transitioning to life after football. Hear from former players including Wesley Walker, Boomer Esiason, and more.

Gabriel's World

Emmy winner 2016

Gabriel's World

It's probably safe to say you've never met a child like Gabriel Dispenziere. Gabriel, who has eosinophilic esophagitis, is allergic to nearly all food.

The Spice of Life

Emmy winner 2016

The Spice of Life

Nonagenarian Earl Fultz of East Marion finds a hot seller in cHarissa, a cumin-and-olive-oil-based condiment he bottles in tribute to his late wife, Gloria.

Hush

Emmy winner 2016

Hush

Chef Marc Anthony Bynum gave Newsday a behind-the-scenes look at the life and struggles of a chef trying to open his first restaurant.

Always a General

Emmy nominee 2016

Always a General

At MacArthur High School in Levittown, the story is not about bullying or outcasts, but rather, how many students rally around a classmate with severe autism.

The Lost Art of St. Nicholas

Emmy nominee 2016

The Lost Art of St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in West Babylon was working on an iconography project that would have been completed in another year.

From Paramount to Pacquiao

Emmy nominee

From Paramount to Pacquiao

Greenlawn-raised Chris Algieri went from boxing at The Paramount in Huntington to facing Manny Pacquiao on HBO pay-per-view in Macau, China.

Undefeated

Emmy nominee 2016

Undefeated

Baldwin's Chris Weidman, the UFC middleweight champion, defended his title for a third consecutive time by beating Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 in Las Vegas on May 23, 2015. But the road to fight night is a long one.

Salute To the Captain

Emmy nominee 2016

Salute To the Captain

Newsday traveled to Camden Yards in Baltimore, Fenway Park in Boston, Citi Field and Yankee Stadium to tell the story of what Yankees captain Derek Jeter meant to MLB, its players and fans during his 20 seasons.

The Backstretch

Emmy nominee 2016

The Backstretch

The preparation to make him a Triple Crown winner begins on the backstretch and at Belmont Park, the backstretch is a community unto itself.

Picture Healing

Emmy nominee 2016

Picture Healing

Kids with cancer find an artistic outlet and boost their confidence through the Pablove Shutterbugs, a 5-week photography program held at Stony Brook University.

Vinnie the Dentist

Emmy nominee 2016

Vinnie the Dentist

Vinnie Savino, a dentist from Brookville, turned to boxing to help overcome the hardships in his life. Savino, 80, has forged a bond with the young fighters.

Sharking Diving

Emmy nominee 2016

Sharking Diving

Capt. Charles Wade of Sea Turtle Dive Charters, based in Montauk, takes participants 20 miles off the coast of Long Island to brings them face-to-face with real, live sharks.

LI's Tobacco Farm

Emmy nominee 2016

LI's Tobacco Farm

Out on Long Island's North Fork, retired businessman Michael Chuisano, 57, seen on Sept. 14, 2014, has begun harvesting his first crop of tobacco plants, after years of research.

Until Everyone Comes Home

Emmy nominee 2016

Until Everyone Comes Home

For the past two years, families whose homes were severely damaged let Newsday document how the storm impacted them. On the eve of the storm's second anniversary, they discussed being displaced and rebuilding.

Reptile Guy

Emmy winner 2015

Reptile Guy

For Erik Callender, following his dream means teaching about dozens of reptiles, some rescued, to audiences at parties, schools and events.

Creating Sea Salt

Emmy winner 2015

Creating Sea Salt

Scott and Kassata Bollman of Southold run North Fork Sea Salt, a sea salt-making business. The young married couple create the salt from water harvested on the North Fork.

JFK's Message of Hope

Emmy winner 2015

JFK's Message of Hope

Sen. Charles Schumer, Rep. Peter King, former Gov. David Paterson and other politicians and historians share their views on JFK's legacy.

Eddie Gordon's rise in MMA

Emmy winner 2015

Eddie Gordon's rise in MMA

The story of how this Freeport resident went from a 300-pound former college football player to the winner of Season 19 of the UFC's Ultimate Fighter.

Until everyone comes home

Emmy nominee 2015

Until everyone comes home

Six Long Island families struggle to rebuild after superstorm Sandy.

Belmont Stakes: Test of the Champion

Emmy nominee 2015

Belmont Stakes: Test of the Champion

To become an immortal, the horse must beat all challengers at the Kentucky Derby, then again two weeks later at the Preakness, then again three weeks later in New York at the Belmont Stakes.

Chris Weidman's UFC title defense

Emmy nominee 2015

Chris Weidman's UFC title defense

From the gym to the sauna, from the hotel room to the Octagon, Newsday chronicled Baldwin's Chris Weidman in Las Vegas as he prepared to defend his title against Anderson Silva at UFC 168 on Dec. 28, 2013.

Sweet Caroline

Emmy nominee 2015

Sweet Caroline

Soon after she was born, Caroline Serva suffered a condition that required long-term pediatric nursing care. After nearly three years, Caroline’s family celebrated her move to a Stony Brook facility closer to home.

Determined to play football

Emmy nominee 2015

Determined to play football

As a young boy, Naji Nizam fell in love with football. Playing was all he ever wanted to do, and he wouldn't let anything stand in his way. Not even the debilitating disease that should have made the Port Jefferson boy's goal impossible.

A little girl's fight to live

Emmy winner 2012

A little girl's fight to live

Marisa Carney, 5, was diagnosed with an extremely rare childhood brain disorder that causes uncontrollable obesity and breathing problems, putting the afflicted at risk for seizures, cardiac arrest and death. There are only 75 documented cases worldwide, no known cause and no cure.

Racer's struggle to go pro

Emmy winner 2013

Racer's struggle to go pro

Ben Rio, a Long Island motocross racer, is coping with the challenges of becoming a professional, while developing close relationships with the kids he mentors in the sport and helping them with their own challenges.

The new farmers

Emmy winner 2014

The new farmers

On the East End, where suburbia gives way to open spaces, a new breed of farmer takes root. They walked away from established jobs to till the earth. Local sustainable agriculture is not just their career, it's a lifestyle.

A Fighting Chance

Multimedia

A Fighting Chance

The people who have been around the Westbury boxing gym the longest will tell you that the real success of the gym isn't its champions, but those fighters who went on to lead productive lives away from the ring. Newsday spent 14 months following these fighters and trainers -- presented in a new approach to storytelling.

9/11: A decade later

EMMY WINNER 2012

9/11: A decade later

From a laugh that has been silenced to a favorite recipe that remains uncooked, time does not heal all wounds. A decade after the terror attacks on the World Trade Center, more than 75 Long Island families who lost loves ones that morning shared on camera not only their stories, but their souls in this Emmy Award-winning multimedia project.

Against all odds

EMMY WINNER 2014

Against all odds

Six Long Islanders who were diagnosed with terminal illnesses talk about their grim prognoses and how they overcame the odds to become survivors.