Inspired by Pharrell's and We Are L.A.'s video for Happy and their 24 Hours of Happy project, my name's Geoffrey Stevens and I'm shooting various New Yorkers all over the city in places and neighborhoods that make them happy. Or bringing the happy to places and people that could use some.

Interested in participating? Have an idea for an unusual or unique location for a video? Contact me at geoffreystevens at gmail dot com or via Twitter @happyinnyc today!
Thursday, September 18
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BROOKLYN EARNIN’

I uploaded this to Youtube last month and it was immediately blocked worldwide because of the music, but then just the other day the block was somehow miraculously lifted, so please go ahead now and enjoy it in all its full HD 1080p splendor.


Thursday, August 14
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This isn’t exactly a Happy In NYC video, but I wanted to share this new music video/passion project I’ve been working on the past month.

Have you heard the song Busy Earnin’ by this new British band called Jungle yet? Or seen the really cool music video for it? Feeling rather inspired by them, I wanted to make my own version of the video set where I live that featured some of the great dancers and talented performers I’ve been so fortunate to meet and work with this past year. Hopefully this video inspires some other cities to get in on the Busy Earnin’ action, too.

An enormous thank you to all the dancers and choreographers who made this video possible: Sydney Freggiaro, Anthony Rodriguez & The Door Dancers, Katie Lee Hill, Travis Artz-Grodzickyj. Hassan Christopher, Kyla Ernst-Alper, Šara Stranovsky, Victor Varnado & Férielle Zouari.


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Friday, June 13
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Geoffrey Is Happy At The Happy In NYC Wrap Party

I stopped filming those Happy In NYC videos back in mid-April once I hit the 125 videos mark (I still can’t believe I shot that many!), but this past Monday I threw a big wrap party downtown for everyone who was in one or helped me out on the project. We actually got to have the party at The Slipper Room where I shot the very first video! Lots of folks would always ask me, “When are you gonna do one yourself?” and I’d say, “At the wrap party!” Well, I was true to my word. While I have many talents, dancing isn’t really one of them, so I wanted to at least entertain you guys and make you laugh for 4 minutes. I dialed it up to 11 and recruited a few friends to help me out (though plenty of unplanned things happened as well- as I’ve learned, you never know what’s gonna happen once the camera starts rolling and it’s one long continuous shot). I can’t always pull off “cool” very well, but “goofy and absurd” is never a problem! And I know I look like a total loon, but everything I’m wearing, from the Hakeem Olajuwon Rec Specs to the What About Bob t-shirt, has some special significance or interesting memory attached to it.

Thank you again to all the folks who brought their energy, enthusiasm, and creativity to this project to help bring it to life. Even when I got pretty sick in the middle of March for a few weeks, I kept on shooting every day like a total madman. I’ve never worked on something like this before where I got to meet and collaborate with a completely different group of people every day, and it’s an experience I’ll never forget.

And to all of you who watched the videos, liked them and shared them with your friends and family, I can’t thank enough for your encouragement and support. I was actually first inspired to start this whole project as a way to honor and remember my mom, Tommie, who passed away very suddenly last April. I don’t want to get too schmaltzy, but I just want to say that while it has been a very difficult year for me, my brother and our family, my mom always told me that, no matter what, she just wanted me to be HAPPY, and I know she would have absolutely loved and enjoyed this whole Happy In NYC project so much.

Thanks for help spreading the love and creating such cool and positive memories with me. This New York City place is kinder, friendlier and more supportive than you think!


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Tuesday, June 10
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HAPPY IN NYC: THE MARCH/APRIL SUPERCUT

Well, here it is! The final Happy In NYC March/April Supercut video made from all 70 videos I shot around  the city during the months of March and April. Thank you so much to all the talented people who donated their time, energy, and creativity to make this project come alive.


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Monday, April 28
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Comedian/Improviser Jackie Jennings Is Happy All Over The Place In Lower Manhattan.

We started out trying to make a tongue-in-cheek homage to Girl Walk // All Day, but when the Staten Island Ferry staff and security made us stop filming about 15 seconds into the video, Jackie and I improvised and made something a little different. The wind and the rain wasn’t exactly helping, but we shot some up on the top level of the boat away from the ferry workers, and after we got off the boat we filmed in another Girl Walk spot in front of the Native American Museum in Bowling Green Park.

You just can’t stop Jackie Jennings from being happy and dancing, guys!


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The Folks At Union Theological Seminary Are Happy In NYC

It’s not every day you get to shoot in such a majestic and gorgeous building and get to work with such a nice and enthusiastic group of people. Every Friday afternoon should be just like this! 


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Monday, April 21
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Zoë and her son Luke are happy by the Carroll St. Bridge in Gowanus, Brooklyn


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The cool folks at Next Big Sound are very happy in their office on West 19th Street in New York City

Extra special thanks to Liv Buli for reaching out to me and making this awesome video happen!


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Friday, April 18
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The Super Nice Folks From Realize Your Beauty Are Happy On The 145th Street Bridge In The Bronx

Thanks for helping me cross The Bronx off my video bucket list, guys!


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Kyle Supley And Bridget Barkan Are Happy In Central Park In NYC


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