Streams

Part 1: The Cost of Doing Business

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Every day, construction workers pour concrete 400 feet in the air, cranes hover overhead and familiar views of the sky disappear. Since 2003, the city has been experiencing a historic building boom. Development hasn’t been this high for 30 years.

But that prosperity has come ...

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The “Millionaire’s Tax” – Pro and Con

Monday, November 17, 2008

Should Albany raise taxes on the very richest New Yorkers in order to plug the budget hole?

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Pull Up Your Pants

Monday, November 17, 2008

Brothers should pull up their pants. That's the advice of President-elect Barack Obama who was recently asked by MTV how he felt about the style favored by some young African-Americans of wearing their pants well below the waist. WNYC's Arun Venugopal headed out to Fulton ...

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Council Asks Mayor to Keep Tax Rebate Check

Monday, November 17, 2008

Plenty of attitude was in the air as members of the City Council faced off against Mayor Bloomberg's budget director at a council finance hearing today. Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The hearing was meant to be about the city's looming budget deficit, but council members ...

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Enter to Win: One Pair of Inauguration Tickets

Monday, November 17, 2008

Senator Charles Schumer plans to hold a statewide Internet lottery to handle the deluge of residents wanting to attend President-elect Barack Obama's historic inauguration.

Schumer's office has received nearly 100,000 ticket requests so far. It says it will distribute approximately 350 tickets in a random drawing ...

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Studies Buck Claim of Millionaire Tax-Flight

Monday, November 17, 2008

New York Governor David Paterson says a tax hike on the state's wealthiest households is a bad idea. But backers of such a levy point to studies in New Jersey to make their case in pushing for the tax in New York. WNYC's Bob Hennelly ...

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WTC Site Gets New Look From Fence

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is giving the World Trade Center site a face-lift.

The dark tarps surrounding the 16-acre construction site were replaced on Sunday with eight-foot-high renderings of the September 11 memorial, skyskrapers, and the transit hub planned for the ...

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Paterson Urges Action on Budget

Monday, November 17, 2008

Governor Paterson is accusing lawmakers of avoiding the state's financial woes by refusing to act on his budget plan.

REPORTER: At a news conference earlier today the governor expressed frustration at the legislators' inability to offer up any alternatives ahead of tomorrow's emergency economic session.

PATERSON: There ...

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Hip-Hop Movie "Wild Style" Returns to the Big Screen

Sunday, November 16, 2008

In 1983, "Wild Style" was the first movie to bring hip-hop -– rap, graffiti and breaking -- out of the shadows and on to the big screen. There's a new 35-millimeter print of the movie showing all next week at Film Forum, and it’s the ...

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Two Charged in Election Night Assault

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Two Staten Island men have been charged with hate-crimes after allegedly beating a young African man in the hours following Barack Obama's election. The Staten Island District Attorney claims the two assaulted the victim Ali Kamara with a pipe and baton because they wanted to ...

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Gunfire Erupts at Waldorf-Astoria

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Gunfire erupted in the Waldorf-Astoria hotel during a robbery attempt Saturday afternoon at a lobby jewelry store, wounding a security guard and sending guests diving for cover. The 54-year-old guard and retired police officer Gregory Boyle, was shot in the chest but is in stable ...

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Prison Ship Martyrs Monument Rededicated at Fort Greene Park

Sunday, November 16, 2008

After a rainy Saturday morning, about 200 people gathered at Brooklyn's Fort Greene Park to rededicate the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 148-foot Doric column at the center of the park.

REPORTER: The remains of nearly 12,000 prisoners of the ...

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New Yorkers Travel to India to Introduce "Community Lawyering"

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Five New York City lawyers and other legal professionals arrived in the city of Pune, India Saturday, hoping to expand access to the courts for those who can't afford lawyers.

REPORTER: The initiative was established by the Community Legal Resource Network, or CLRN, based at CUNY. ...

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City Home Buyers Have More Bargaining Power

Sunday, November 16, 2008

The tables have turned in the New York housing market. Buyers used to have to compete against several bidders for the same apartment. Now, brokers say buyers have a lot more bargaining power, and developers are offering interesting incentives to get people to buy. WNYC's ...

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Construction Worker Falls from Scaffold

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A construction worker has been seriously injured after plummeting nearly 40 feet from the side of a Manhattan bank tower. Officials say it appears that the unidentified man and two fellow workers were installing a wall panel at the Bank of America tower across from ...

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Big Apple Circus Founder Prepares to Step Down as Artistic Director

Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Big Apple Circus is back in town for its holiday production.

REPORTER: This year's show at Lincoln Center's Damrosch Park is called "Play On!" It features a live band and acrobats from 12 countries. And of course, there are animals -- including eight dogs who ...

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State Democrats Remain in Holding Pattern over Senate Leadership

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A Bronx state senator is refusing to budge on the issue of Democratic control in the legislature.

REPORTER: Senator Ruben Diaz and two fellow Democrats have been withholding support for Malcolm Smith of Queens to become majority leader, until Latino lawmakers are granted leadership positions. But ...

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Senate Bill Would Force Referendum on City Term Limits

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Meanwhile, Brooklyn State Senator Kevin Parker has introduced a bill that would thwart Mayor Bloomberg's effort to run for a third term, by requiring a voter referendum on the issue.

REPORTER: A similar bill is already under consideration in the Assembly. Parker says legislative leaders will ...

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Vigil Held for Ecuadorian Immigrant Killed in Long Island Bias Attack

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A vigil was held Friday night near the Long Island Railroad station where an Ecuadorian immigrant was brutally murdered on September 8th.

REPORTER: Authorities say 37-year-old Marcelo Lucero was fatally stabbed after a gang of teenagers attacked him. A 17-year-old Patchogue high school senior is accused ...

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That Neo-Hoodoo That You Do

Saturday, November 15, 2008

"Neo-Hoodoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith" is the title of an exhibition that's running at PS 1 in Queens until January 26th. Poet Quincy Troupe is reading at the museum Saturday. Troupe says what was once forgotten is now remembered. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter spoke with ...

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