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NYC - Site of Police's Final Concert

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Police - the band, not the NYPD - say they'll play their final concert sometime this summer, in New York City.

The band, which reunited for a 30th anniversary tour last year, says it has a special connection to the city...saying it kicked off its first American tour at the ...

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School Groups Call for Targeted Funding

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Educational activists are calling on Schools Chancellor Joel Klein to target $360 million in state funding for specific programs.

Representatives for six educational groups contend that money was won in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit last year. It dictates that the money should go for priorities like middle school reform, ...

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Council Demands More Data from NYPD

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The City Council wants the Police Department to provide more information on stop and frisk incidents and shootings involving police officers.

At a public hearing yesterday, several council members claimed the NYPD was resisting efforts to become more transparent and that comprehensive information could easily be posted online.

The Police Department says ...

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Atlantic Yards Loses Green Roof for Arena, 2016 Completion Date

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Forest City Ratner, the company developing the 22 acres over Brooklyn's Atlantic railyards , says it needs two more years to finish the massive arena and high rise project. It's pushing back its completion date from 2016 to 2018, this as critics continue to wonder whether developer Bruce Ratner has ...

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Rent Hike Receives Preliminary Approval

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

In a preliminary vote, the Rent Guidelines Board has proposed rent increases on the city's stabilized apartments of 3.5 percent to 7 percent for a one year lease and 5.5 percent to 9.5 percent for two years.

Landlords had initially requested an increase of 10 percent to 15 percent.

At last ...

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Anti-Piracy Bill Gets Boost in Albany

Monday, May 05, 2008

A long-stalled bill in Albany to fight piracy of TV shows and movies got a boost today.

Jeff Zucker, the president and CEO of NBC/Universal, urged state lawmakers to increase the penalty for first-time piracy offenders to a misdemeanor, up from a simple violation.

Zucker said failure to act could endanger one ...

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Artists Sketch City from the High Line

Monday, May 05, 2008

Friends of the High Line are offering sketch classes to experienced and in-experienced artists.

REPORTER: High Line spokesperson Meredith Taylor, says the classes will be taught by artist Ann DeVere on a section of the line that wraps around the Hudson Rail Yards and has views of the Hudson River as ...

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Ratner Extends End Date for Atlantic Yards Project

Monday, May 05, 2008

Developer Bruce Ratner is giving himself two more years to finish the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, from 2016,to 2018, because he's having trouble acquiring the land for the massive project.

Ratner also unveiled a new design for the two buildings and the arena which make up the first phase. ...

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City Schools Slacking on Phys Ed Requirements

Monday, May 05, 2008

Third graders in New York City's public school system are supposed to have gym class every day. But only 4 percent of them get to run around as part of the school day. This according to a report by the city's public advocate.

Betsy Gotbaum's office surveyed 100 city schools at ...

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Board Set to Vote on Rent Increase

Monday, May 05, 2008

A preliminary vote takes place tonight on landlords' request to raise the rate on rent-regulated apartments by 15 percent.

The Rent Guidelines Board meets at Cooper Union's Great Hall, starting at 5:30, for the preliminary vote.

Landlords say they need the rent increase to deal with rising energy costs. Tenants disagree, saying ...

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Preliminary Vote on Rent Hikes Tonight

Monday, May 05, 2008

Residents and landlords of more than one million rent-stabilized apartments will be watching closely this evening when the Rent Guidelines Board holds a preliminary vote on rent hikes. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports:

Both landlords and tenants are sure to make their voices heard. Building owners have been calling on board members ...

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Queens Company Recalls Possible Tainted Meat

Sunday, May 04, 2008

A New York City company is recalling more than a quarter million pounds of meat and poultry because it might be contaminated with Listeria bacteria.

The US Department of Agriculture says the recall includes several different brands of fresh and frozen products made by Gourmet Boutique of Queens. They include sandwiches ...

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Wildflower Week Promotes Native Plants

Sunday, May 04, 2008

The first-ever New York City Wildflower Week has begun. It's a celebration of plants native to the region.

At Union Square, volunteers are handing out free seedlings. Marielle Anzelone is among the organizers. She says one of the inspirations for Wildflower Week is a former first lady.

ANZELONE: Lady Bird Johnson has ...

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Ratner Moving Ahead With Atlantic Yards Development

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Atlantic Yards Developer Bruce Ratner says lawsuits and the shaky economy have slowed his plan to transform Brooklyn with an NBA Nets arena and a slate of skyscrapers. But he says he aims to break ground on the arena this year.

In a guest column in today's Daily News, Ratner writes ...

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"Rubber Rooms" Cost City Schools Millions Each Year

Sunday, May 04, 2008

The number of New York City teachers pulled from their classrooms because of accusations of wrongdoing has doubled in four years - and some spend years collecting their salaries while awaiting disciplinary hearings. That's according to the Daily News, which reports that paying such teachers costs $65 million a year. ...

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Department of Aging Gets an Overhaul

Saturday, May 03, 2008

The city's Department of Aging is getting its first major restructuring in decades.

Members of the city council visited a senior center in Brooklyn Friday to listen to some of the concerns of elderly New Yorkers and their families. Nathaniel Boyd says his 80-year-old mother used to go to the center ...

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Fossella Faces Jail Time Over Drunk Driving

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Congressman Vito Fossella faces five days in jail if he's convicted of drunk driving.

The Republican was pulled over in Alexandria, Virginia Thursday; his blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit. At a press conference in Brooklyn Friday, Fossella called the incident a learning experience, and a mistake ...

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Paterson Picks New Director for Port Authority

Saturday, May 03, 2008

A former city environmental commissioner and ports executive has been tapped to become the Port Authority's next executive director. Governor Paterson has has recommended Christopher Ward to succeed Anthony Shorris. Ward has worked as an executive at the company that operates the Port Authority's Red Hook Container Terminal. He was ...

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Two Men Talking

Saturday, May 03, 2008

In 1974, two 12=year old boys met in school on Johannesburg, South Africa. They were given an assignment to tell each other a story – and they’ve been telling stories ever since. They are Murray Nossel and Paul Browde and they’ve created a production called Two Men Talking, in which ...

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Local Pols Press for Haiti Help

Friday, May 02, 2008

Reverend Jesse Jackson joined City Council members to ask New Yorkers to send aid to Haitians who can't afford the food they need. Jackson also met with local congress members to push for longer term solutions to Haiti's crisis.

REPORTER: Jesse Jackson just returned from three days in Haiti and he ...

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