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NY Mag Founder Dead at 82

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The founder of New York magazine, Clay Felker, is dead. The magazine says the 82-year-old died with his wife, writer Gail Sheehy, at his side in their New York City home after a battle with throat cancer.

Felker is credited with revolutionizing the genre by ...

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Video Shows Woman Dying on Brooklyn Hospital Floor

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) -- Video from a surveillance camera at a Brooklyn, N.Y., hospital shows a woman dying on the floor of a psychiatric emergency-room while people nearby ignore her.

The video was released Monday by lawyers suing Kings County Hospital alleging neglect and abuse of ...

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N.Y. Governor, Senate Majority Leader Tackle High Property Taxes

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Gov. David Paterson had his first meeting with the new Senate Majority Leader, Dean Skelos. The two have agreed to aggressively tackle property taxes because, as the governor says, it's a top concern among voters.

PATERSON: As the new leader said, from Buffalo to Montauk, from ...

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Board Votes For Willets Point Development

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

The Bloomberg administration's proposal to redevelop Willets Point cleared its first hurdle - but just barely. After almost 50 people spoke at a public hearing, and by a vote of 21 to 15, the local community board voted in favor after a six-and-a-half hour meeting ...

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Willets Point Redevelopment Crosses First Hurdle

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

A Queens community board narrowly voted in favor of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plan to redevelop Willets Point. The roll call was 21 to 15 and came after midnight this morning. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman was there to witness it. He joins us this morning.

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Council Approves $59.1B Budget

Monday, June 30, 2008

The City Council voted to approve a $59.1 billion city budget late last night, but the mood was grim at City Hall. Speaker Christine Quinn said poor revenues took a serious toll on the negotiations.

QUINN: We played the process of this budget out as long ...

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Delays Push Back WTC Rebuilding

Monday, June 30, 2008

The rebuilding of Ground Zero is not going to get done any time soon.

That's the message today from the Port Authority, which owns the site. It was two years ago when the agency promised to finish the World Trade Center memorial and the transit hub ...

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Port Authority Revising WTC Reconstruction Schedule, Calls Current Plan “Unrealistic”

Monday, June 30, 2008

After months of excavation delays and fines, the Port Authority finally conceded that its property, the World Trade Center site, is seriously behind schedule. So much so, that the agency is throwing out a schedule it announced less than two years ago.

At that time, the ...

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Flags Fly at Half-Staff For Three Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan, Iraq

Monday, June 30, 2008

Gov. David Paterson has directed that flags on all state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Thursday in honor of two members of the New York Army National Guard who were killed in Afghanistan, and one Marine who was killed in Iraq.

Sergeant First Class ...

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New York AG Drops Case v. Tankleff

Monday, June 30, 2008

A man who spent 17 years in prison before a court said he might be innocent in the 1988 murder of his parents was told Monday that he will not have to face a second trial.

Martin Tankleff, 36, was convicted in 1990, but defense attorneys ...

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Gay Revelers Celebrate Pride and Marriage Rights

Monday, June 30, 2008

Even a violent thunderstorm couldn't dampen the colorful celebration as tens of thousands of gay New Yorkers and their supporters marched down Fifth Avenue in yesterday's pride parade.

Parade-goers cheered Gov. David Paterson for his efforts in directing state agencies to fully recognize same sex marriages ...

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Cancer Conversations: Lesbian Support Group

Monday, June 30, 2008

This week, WNYC is listening to some different ways cancer victims grapple with the disease – conversationally. Today, we hear from Michele Forsten, a co-facilitator of a cancer support group that has given her an education on what it can mean to live with cancer.

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Lethal Weekend for Area Teenagers

Monday, June 30, 2008

Four teenagers have been killed in the New York area since Wednesday.

Police officers responding to a 911 call in Manhattan early Sunday discovered a 15-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to his torso. He was pronounced dead about 15 minutes later. A 15-year-old girl was ...

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Paterson Enters Con Ed Talks

Monday, June 30, 2008

Just hours after undergoing successful cataract surgery, Governor Patterson intervened in contract talks between Con Edison and the union representing 9,000 of the utility's employees.

Con Edison and local 1-2 agreed to a "cooling-off" period of two days. The union had threatened to strike at midnight ...

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Sikh Community March in Queens Against Hate Crimes

Monday, June 30, 2008

Members of New York City's Sikh community marched this afternoon to protest an attack on a 12-year-old girl who had her long hair cut off by a fellow student.

The hair cutting, which violates Sikh religious beliefs, was the second time this month that a Queens ...

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Willets Point Rezoning Faces Tough Vote

Monday, June 30, 2008

Scores of people are protesting a controversial plan backed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg to develop a 60-acre site in Queens into a new neighborhood of homes, shops, offices and entertainment.

Community Board 7 will cast its vote Monday night on the plan for the gritty area ...

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David Paterson's First 100 Days As Governor

Monday, June 30, 2008

It's been 100 days since Gov. David Paterson took over the top job in New York State government, following Eliot Spitzer’s spectacular fall amidst a call-girl scandal. WNYC’s Elaine Rivera is here to talk about the roller coaster ride Paterson has had so far.

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Pataki not attending RNC as McCain delegate

Monday, June 30, 2008

Former Gov. George Pataki will not act as a delegate for Sen. John McCain at the Republican Party's convention this summer.

A spokesperson for Pataki says the governor was bounced by New York Republican Party Chairman Joseph Mondello. Two years ago, Mondello was removed from the ...

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Buildings Department Employee Receives 30-day suspension

Monday, June 30, 2008

An employee in the city's Department of Buildings has received a 30-day suspension for "neglect of duty."

Acting Commissioner Robert Limandri said Michael Carbone was suspended after an internal investigation. A department spokesperson declined to give any further information today, citing the ongoing investigation.

Carbone is the ...

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Manhattan Loses Quirky Diner Florent

Monday, June 30, 2008

A 24-hour French diner that helped transform Manhattan's meatpacking district into a destination with cachet enough to draw celebrities has closed.

Florent, on Gansevoort Street, dimmed its peach-neon window sign last night after 23 years in business.

The restaurant's closing came after weekly parties thrown by its ...

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