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Costly Delays at Ground Zero

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The city and state may have to cough up $321 million to Goldman Sachs because of delays in rebuilding at the World Trade Center site.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The hefty fines would include free rent - 64 years of it - as well as other subsidies.

Gov. George Pataki and the ...

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Cablevision's Purchase of Newsday Surprises Experts

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

With $650 million and a pledge to uphold journalistic standards, the Cablevision Company has snagged Newsday. Cablevision is a major local player not only in cable TV, but also in sports and telecommunications. We’ll learn more now about Cablevision from Greg David, he’s been covering the company for years as ...

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Nominees for Tony Awards Announced

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - ``In the Heights,'' a lively snapshot of Latino life in Upper Manhattan, received 13 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, more than any other show. A lush, lavish revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's ``South Pacific'' took 11 nominations, followed by ``Sunday in the Park With George'' with nine. ...

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Chance to Play Water Pipes, Metal Beams Downtown

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Ex-Talking Heads front man David Byrne plans to turn a landmark building in lower Manhattan into a giant musical instrument.

Byrne is retrofitting an antique organ so that it "plays" the building's metal beams, electrical conduits and water pipes.

Byrne says visitors will get a chance to play it.

BYRNE: The public ...

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Complaints About Police Aired at Forum

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Those outraged by the not-guilty verdicts in the Sean Bell police shooting case got a chance to speak up yesterday at a public forum on community-police relations hosted by U.S. Rep. John Conyers.

Conyers, the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, called for justice and accountability.

Queens Congressman Gregory Meeks said ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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