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Mayor: West Side Remains Top Priority

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city's top priority is still the development of the West Side rail yards.

He's dismissed suggestions by Sen. Charles Schumer that the city should let the Port Authority take the lead in developing the Moynihan Station.

The mayor added that the recently scuttled Tishman Speyer deal ...

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City Amends Juvenile Detention Procedures

Monday, May 12, 2008

Juveniles who get arrested on the weekend will no longer be at risk of remaining detained until Monday.

Starting next month the city is starting weekend processing for youth, which already takes place for adults. The city's criminal justice coordinator John Feinblatt said kids who commit low-level crimes shouldn't be lumped ...

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James Won'tt Face Another Trial

Monday, May 12, 2008

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James will not face a second Federal criminal trial for using city credit cards for thousands of dollars in personal expenses.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this report.

In a statement U.S. Attorney Chris Christie said he moved for dismissal after considering the cost of another trail, and that ...

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Clinton Video to Supporters says 'Thank You'

Monday, May 12, 2008

Hillary Clinton has sent out a fund-raising video to supporters entitled "a thank you." WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

Video fund-raising appeals have become common this campaign, but an unusually subdued Hillary Clinton, clad in a light blue pantsuit, made a cameo today. Referring to her narrow Indiana victory last week, ...

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Cablevision Buys Newsday from Tribune

Monday, May 12, 2008

The nation's eleventh-largest newspaper, Long Island-based Newsday, will soon change hands.

WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports.

The winning bid for Newsday came from Cablevision, which is based in Bethpage.

The cable provider beat out bids from the owners of the Daily News and the New York Post.

The current owner, Tribune Company, will keep a ...

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Last Ditch Effort for Hudson Yards

Monday, May 12, 2008

A New York City developer is making a last-ditch effort to save a troubled deal to build skyscrapers, apartments and parks over rail yards on Manhattan's far West Side.

Rob Speyer of Tishman Speyer Properties is set to meet today with officials at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority after the collapse last ...

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Cablevision to Acquire Newsday

Monday, May 12, 2008

Cablevision Systems Corporation says it is buying Newsday from Tribune Company for $650 million.

Cablevision beat out media mogul Rupert Murdoch who withdrew his own $580 million bid over the weekend.

The deal, just announced this morning, brings Newsday back to local ownership on Long Island. Tribune had been seeking to sell ...

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Community Activists Speak Up on Downtown Rezoning

Monday, May 12, 2008

Tonight, activists in Chinatown will protest a major rezoning plan they claim will drive up housing prices and drive out low-income tenants.

Lindsay Schubiner works with the Chinese Staff and Workers Association. She says the rezoning would preserve contextual zoning in much of the East Village, but not in Chinatown and ...

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Pricing at the Rock Bottom

Monday, May 12, 2008

Many people dread Monday morning and the return to the drudgery of work. But at one discount clothing store in downtown Manhattan, it’s the most eagerly anticipated time of the week. WNYC’s Ilya Marritz takes a look at the art and science of pricing on a shopping excursion.

Marcus Valmar ...

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Height Limits In Store for Lower East Side Rezoning

Monday, May 12, 2008

Tall, narrow hotels with names like THOR and Blue have sprouted up recently on the Lower East Side, but the Bloomberg administration is striking back.

A rezoning proposal that would cap building heights to about eight stories in most of the neighborhood gets its first airing at a community board hearing ...

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Officer Discliplined After Questioning Black Police Commander

Sunday, May 11, 2008

A city police officer has been disciplined after he and a colleague stopped and questioned a black motorist who turned out to be one of the NYPD's highest ranking commanders. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

REPORTER: The two white plainclothes officers confronted three-star NYPD Deputy Chief Douglas Zeigler in Corona Queens earlier ...

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Esopus Magazine Takes on the News

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Esopus is a New York-based literary and arts magazine that commissions an album of original music for every issue. Their latest issue is devoted to the theme of "good news." Their editor in chief, Tod Lippy, stopped by the studio recently to walk through some of the "good news" songs ...

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Art and Life Come to Together at El Museo del Barrio

Saturday, May 10, 2008

El Museo Del Barrio is closing its doors for a major renovation later this month. But there's still time to see an international exhibition that explores the history of political performance art by Latino and Latin American artists. Critic Carolina Gonzalez filled this review.


El Museo del ...

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McCain Touts Environmental Record in New Jersey

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Republican presidential hopeful John McCain is using campaign appearances in New Jersey to signal he can be a contender in a blue state. In particular, he's touting his environmental record. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports on McCain's visit to Jersey City's Liberty Science Center:

REPORTER: The Arizona Senator's boosters say his troubles ...

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Clinton Back in New York to Continue Campaign

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Senator Hillary Clinton is back in New York to rally supporters in her continued quest for the Democratic nomination. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein reports.

REPORTER: With long odds against her, Clinton is pushing on, holding a mothers day event with daughter Chelsea at the Sheraton hotel in midtown before returning to West ...

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Fossella Set to Decide Political Future

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Congressman Vito Fossella is expected to make a decision this weekend about whether to resign. The Staten Island lawmaker was charged with drunken driving last week. He later admitted that he fathered a child from an extramarital affair. The New York Post and the Staten Island Advance have called for ...

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McCain Spends Day in Jersey City

Friday, May 09, 2008

Today, John McCain will be in Jersey City - one of the largest Democratic strongholds in the country.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly says the campaign stop is a preview of the presumptive Republican nominee's unconventional fall strategy.

Today, as Sen. John McCain tours the Liberty Science Center, he'll be flanked by Connecticut ...

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West Side Rail Yards Development Plan Collapses

Friday, May 09, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says its agreement with a company to develop the West Side Rail Yards has collapsed.

But the developer says it still wants to keep the sale together. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

Instead of closing on half of the property now, the MTA says Tishman Speyer insisted on ...

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McCain Visits Jersey City

Friday, May 09, 2008

Arizona Sen. John McCain paid a visit to the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City today.

The presumptive Republican Presidential nominee wanted global warming to be the main topic but reporters wanted to know if he had voted for President Bush in 2OOO. WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports.

McCain was in the heart ...

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Campaign Promotes Baby Sleep Safety

Friday, May 09, 2008

Babies Sleep Safest Alone - that's the message of a new public education campaign.

The city's Administration for Childrens Services says 11 babies have died of suffocation this year. Commissioner John Mattingly says all of those deaths could have been prevented.

MATTINGLY: Sharing a bed with a baby unnecessarily endangers the ...

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