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Armory Show Explores 'Democracy in America'

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"Democracy in America" — it's a big agenda and it's also the title of a show up this week at the Park Avenue Armory. There's work from more than 40 artists — taking on the political issues of our time. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter checked it ...

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Landing Pads for Company Executives Flourish

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Laid off Wall Street executives don't just stand in line at the unemployment office. Their employers sometimes include "transition services" as part of a severance package. As WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports, the companies behind these services have flourished as the economy has worsened.

REPORTER: These high-end ...

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Homeless Reduction Falls Short of City's Goal

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Bloomberg administration is coming under pressure for failing to meet its goal of reducing homelessness by more than 60 percent by 2009. So far, shelter numbers have dropped 9 percent - that's less than 4,000 people. During a hearing yesterday, City Councilman Bill de ...

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Bloomberg Orders More Budget Cuts

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration is asking all City agencies to make hundreds of millions of dollars in spending cuts for the current fiscal year. And as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, even more pain is in store for next year.

REPORTER: City Budget Director Mark Page says Wall ...

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Poll Shows Races Tighten for Control of State Senate

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The chamber is currently split, 31-to-30. A two-vote swing would give Democrats their first State Senate majority in more than four decades.

The Siena poll focuses on six races. One of the tightest in the state is in the Ozone Park area of Queens, between 10 ...

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The Museum of Arts and Design Opens in Columbus Circle

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Museum of Arts and Design opens this Saturday. It has gone through several transformations in its over 50 year history: new names, new buildings and even a little controversy. Now it's set up in a newly refurbished building at 2 Columbus Circle. Lee Rosenbaum ...

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Investors' Eyes on Capital Hill Bailout Hearing

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The financial markets resumed their pullback today as investors worry that lawmakers are losing a sense of urgency on a bailout plan for financial institutions. The Dow closed down nearly 1 1/2 percent and the Nasdaq was also down more than 1 percent.

Investors watched as ...

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Gypsy Music Festival Hits New York

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

DJs spinning souped-up versions of old European folk songs have been drawing crowds in Europe and in the US for the past several years. A notoriously rowdy downtown club called Mehanata was the original focal point in New York. Now, the scene has spread to ...

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Corzine Responds to Financial Crisis

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and state legislative leaders are not waiting for Washington to come up with a state response to the global financial crisis. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: New Jersey's economy is not quite as dependent on Wall Street's performance as are ...

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Charitable Foundation Takes a Hit

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Charities have been hit hard by the latest stock market swings. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports on a foundation that was heavily invested in AIG, the insurance company that is being bailed out with an $85 billion federal loan.

REPORTER: Established by AIG Founder Cornelius Vander Starr, ...

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City Settles Final Gun Lawsuit

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The last hold out of 27 gun dealers the Bloomberg Administration sued has settled.

The agreement mirrors settlements with other out-of-state gun dealers from Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Ohio.

Under the settlement terms gun dealers will go beyond enforcing existing law and adopt so-called 'Industry Best" ...

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Met Opera Kicks Off New Season

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Metropolitan Opera kicked off its 125th season in style last night. The opera diva Renee Fleming performed scenes from Verdi, Massenet and Strauss. She wore costumes designed by Christian Lacroix, and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.

The Met broadcast the performance on screens in Times Square ...

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New York Doctor Wins Genius Grant

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A local doctor who studies ways to slow and reverse the spread of infectious diseases, such as AIDS and tuberculosis, has received a genius grant from the John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation — one of 25 recipients of the prestigious award this year. ...

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Modest Drop in NYC Homeless Population

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Bloomberg administration is still struggling to reduce the number of poor families who need shelter. After four years of trying to reform the system and bring down the numbers, there's only been a 2 percent drop. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: A progress report issued ...

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The Museum of Arts and Design Opens in Columbus Circle

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Museum of Art and Design opens this Saturday. Its gone through several transformations in its over 50 year history: new names, new buildings and even a little controversy. Now it's set up in a newly refurbished building at 2 Columbus Circle. Lee Rosenbaum is ...

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UN General Assembly Ties Up Traffic

Monday, September 22, 2008

The United Nations' General Assembly is causing traffic headaches along Manhattan's East Side.

Many streets near the UN, and the Midtown hotels where diplomats and heads of state are staying, are closed, included 44th, 45th and 46th Streets from First to Second Avenues, and 49th and ...

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One Last Ride Down Memory Lane

Monday, September 22, 2008

Last night, for one trip and one trip only to Yankee Stadium, New York City Transit gave some lucky fans a chance to ride on fully restored 1920s subway cars - replete with ceiling fans and woven seats just like the ones running way back ...

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Leaders and Protesters Alike Converge on UN Summit

Monday, September 22, 2008

Debate begins this week among world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly. And many arguments will overflow into the streets of New York. Foreign dignitaries will address audiences across the city, and New Yorkers will come out to make their own voices heard as ...

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Reinventing Grand Army Plaza

Monday, September 22, 2008

Cars didn't exist when Grand Army Plaza was designed 141 years ago. Now they've overrun it and the city is working on ways to bring some balance back at the entrance to Prospect Park. Now the public has a chance to vote for its favorite ...

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No More Free MTA Tolls

Monday, September 22, 2008

At a time when it's facing a billion dollar deficit, The MTA says it needs to begin charging government cars and trucks that drive over bridges and through tunnels. A committee approved the move today in a 3-2 vote. The full MTA board could vote ...

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