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City Honors Firefighters Who Died in Deutsche Bank Fire

Monday, August 18, 2008

This morning's dedication of a plaque memorializing the two firefighters who died in Deutsche Bank fire was filled with sadness and anger.

REPORTER: The father of one of the victims, Joseph Graffagnino, said after the ceremony that he hoped the district attorney would treat the fire ...

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Local Pakistani-Americans See Smooth Transition Following Resignation

Monday, August 18, 2008

Local Pakistani-Americans are discussing the country’s future, following the resignation of Pervez Musharraf.

REPORTER: The now ex-president has said he has no plans to leave Pakistan. But Brooklyn bodega manager Bobby Sheikh says he and family members back home believe the former Army general should go ...

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Candidates Reach Out to Latino Voters

Monday, August 18, 2008

In an election year when Latinos are being recognized for their voting power, candidates are becoming increasingly sophisticated in their outreach and marketing. As part of our occasional series, Feet in Two Worlds, Martina Guzman reports on how candidates are crafting their messaging toward Latinos ...

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Morgenthau Could Seek Charges Over Deutsche Bank Fire

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau could seek charges against the city in connection with last year's deadly fire at the former Deutsche Bank building. That's according to sources close to the investigation quoted by the New York Times. They say the DA's office thinks negligence ...

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West Nile Virus Reappears in City

Saturday, August 16, 2008

A man and a woman have been diagnosed with New York City's first cases of West Nile Virus of the season. Both survived, but the city health department is urging people to take precautions like wearing bug spray while they are outdoors.

The victims ...

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Baby's Condition Upgraded After Mother Killed

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The baby delivered after a pregnant New York City traffic agent was struck and killed by a van and a school bus will spend the next six to eight weeks in the hospital. Doctors say Sean Michael Justin Sanz' condition has been upgraded from stable ...

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Harlem Property Owner Faces Default

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Residents of a group of historic Harlem apartment buildings are wondering who their landlord will be in the future. WNYC's Ilya Marritz explains.

REPORTER: Like Stuyvesant Town on the East Side, Harlem's Riverton Apartments were built by the Met Life Corporation after World War II. In ...

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Bloomberg Has His Man for Buildings Dept.

Friday, August 15, 2008

A day after the City Council passed a bill to loosen the qualifications for the city's department of buildings commissioner, Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he wants to make the acting commissioner Robert LiMandri official.

Speaking on his weekly show on WOR, Bloomberg says the Buildings Department ...

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Harlem Apartments Owner Faces Default

Friday, August 15, 2008

The owner of a large group of mostly rent-controlled apartments in Harlem will likely go into mortgage default.

The Rockpoint Group and Stellar Management have warned creditors they can't make the September payment on the Riverton Apartments Complex near Madison Avenue and 135th Street.

Manus Clancy is ...

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200 Electric Guitars Take Over Lincoln Center

Friday, August 15, 2008

Two hundred electric guitars performed all at once; no other instruments, and no extra amplification. It's a world premiere from an experimental music pioneer, Rhys Chatham. It’s being presented tonight by Lincoln Center Out of Doors, as part of a program called 800 Years of ...

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A Year After the Deutsche Bank Fire, Abatement Continues

Friday, August 15, 2008

One year ago Monday, a fire broke out at the former Deutsche Bank building, right across the street from where the twin towers once stood. The building, also known as 130 Liberty Street, was in the process of being decontaminated and taken down piece by ...

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Court Threat Looms Over Top Buildings Post

Friday, August 15, 2008

The New York State Society of Professional Engineers is considering taking the city to court to block yesterday's decision to change the job requirements for the City's Building Commissioner.

The City Council approved a bill that would lift a requirement that the commissioner have a license ...

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State Finds Labor Issues at Car Washes

Friday, August 15, 2008

A probe by the New York State Labor Department has found widespread labor violations within the car wash industry.

A third of the car washes inspected were in New York City, and more than 78 percent of those failed to pay minimum wage and overtime.

Agency commissioner ...

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The New York International Fringe Festival

Friday, August 15, 2008

The NY International Fringe Festival is underway -- 200 companies from all over the world..... performing in more than 13 hundred performances. Those are big numbers, but is really big really better?

Fringe Festival website

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Port Authority Exec Says Infrastructure Improvements Needed

Friday, August 15, 2008

Port Authority Executive Director Chris Ward says the region must find a new way to finance tens of billions in essential transportation infrastructure needs.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this report.

Building costs are up and tax revenues are down. New York and New Jersey are already deep ...

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Class Teaches Respect for Women to Batterers

Thursday, August 14, 2008

In New York City, police respond to more than 200,000 domestic violence calls a year. The majority of the perpetrators are by far men. Only a small fraction end up getting convicted for abusing their partners. An even smaller fraction serve jail time. The rest ...

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Bloomberg Calls for Feds to Boost Infrastructure Improvements

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York and other urban areas will have to curtail short-haul air travel and beef up inter-city train travel. A group of mayors met today to discuss infrastructure needs.

They want the federal government to overhaul the country’s roads, bridges, water systems ...

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Port Authority Ties Flight Auctions to Fed Money

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Port Authority says it's willing to support auctioning off airport slots, but only if the federal government invests more money in the air traffic control system.

Authority owns the region's three major airports and is battling the U.S. Department of Transportation over the best way ...

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Students Rally For Bill Aimed at Safety Officers

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Carrying signs calling for "Graduation Not Incarceration," over 100 High School Students joined City Council members on the steps of city hall to rally in support of the "Student Safety Act," a bill aimed at reducing altercations between school safety officers and students.

WNYC's Ilya Marritz ...

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New Goethals Bridge Design Revealed

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Drawings of a new Goethals Bridge show a wider span with two more lanes connecting northern New Jersey and Staten Island. The Port Authority today released renderings of a proposed replacement for the 77-year-old span, which carries some 80,000 vehicles each day. Motorists have long ...

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