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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.


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West Side Rail Yards Deal Collapses

Friday, May 09, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - A $1 billion deal to transform a swath of government-owned rail yards along Manhattan's West side waterfront into a new neighborhood of office towers, parks and apartment buildings fell apart in a dispute over zoning. Tishman Speyer Properties - the owner ...

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Artists Trek to East Williamsburg

Friday, May 09, 2008

The East Williamsburg industrial area is one of the remaining manufacturing districts in the city. But, it’s also the latest refuge for arts organizations and artists fleeing high rents in Manhattan.

WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reports on a group of international artists who are making the neighborhood ...

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NJ Superdelegate Switches to Obama

Friday, May 09, 2008

New Jersey Congressman Donald Payne has withdrawn his superdelegate support from Hillary Clinton and endorsed her opponent, Barack Obama.

Obama now has the backing of five of New Jersey's 20 superdelegates. Clinton has 11, including Governor Corzine.

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Park Slope's "Whitey" Remembered

Friday, May 09, 2008

Walk up Park Slope's Seventh Avenue - between 11th and 12th Streets - and you'll pass a makeshift memorial. Bouquets of flowers surround a photo of an older man with a creased face and bright blue eyes. 64-year-old "Whitey," a beloved local character, died last ...

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Fishko Files

Friday, May 09, 2008

Actor Charles Boyer had a continental flavor that went over big here in the US. Ten of his most engaging films will be screened in New York this month.

Sara Fishko asks why, in this edition of the Fishko Files.

OUTRO: Charles Boyer and the Art of ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Newspaper Calls on Fossella to Step Down

Friday, May 09, 2008

Saying his decisions have cost him the faith and respect of people who believed in him, the Staten Island Advance is calling on Republican Congressman Vito Fossella to resign immediately.

Just days after he was arrested in Virginia for drunk driving, the married father of three ...

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Bedbugs Spotted in Subway System

Friday, May 09, 2008

Lots of New Yorkers are grossed out following reports of bedbugs in the subway, but should you really be surprised? Like other critters, bedbugs go where the food is.

Lou Sorkin, an insect expert at the American Museum of Natural History, says people unknowingly bring bedbugs ...

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