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A Hole the Ground, All the Way to London

Friday, May 23, 2008

New York and London have been connected by a "telectroscope" - a mystery machine that allows people in London and New York to see each other on glass screens and send messages in real time. It's the invention of London artist Paul St George. The ...

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City Questions WTC Workers Lawsuits

Friday, May 23, 2008

Lawyers defending the city against charges it failed to protect World Trade Center workers say those filing suit are not as sick as they claim. In a recent brief, the city said many plaintiffs lack detailed medical records. Lawyer David Worby says that information is ...

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Paterson Faults Clinton's Rhetoric

Friday, May 23, 2008

One of Hillary Clinton's staunchest supporters - Governor Paterson - says her bid to seat the Florida and Michigan delegations rings of desperation. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has the story.

REPORTER: Since leaving Kentucky on Tuesday, the Clinton campaign has been all about Florida and Michigan. The ...

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On the Streets of Chinatown, Hunting for City Parking Placard Abuse

Friday, May 23, 2008

The mayor made headlines last month when the city announced it had slashed the number of parking placards it issues by more than 30 percent. City employees put these permits on their dashboards in order to park in certain restricted zones, such as those reserved ...

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Verizon Seeks Cable TV Venture

Friday, May 23, 2008

Verizon could soon enter the city's cable TV market.

Consumer groups say there hasn't been enough scrutiny of the telecommunication company's draft agreement with DOITT, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

Chuck Bell is with Consumers Union.

BELL: DOITT and Verizon have been negotiating aggressively over the ...

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Mayor Seeks to Ease Racial Tension in Crown Heights

Friday, May 23, 2008

City Black and Jewish officials met in Crown Heights yesterday to denounce bias crimes in the Brooklyn neighborhood. They warned more vigilance is needed to avoid a repeat of the unrest the neighborhood experienced seventeen years ago.

Recent incidents include the beating and robbing of a ...

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Silver Criticizes Bloomberg's School Fuding Plan

Friday, May 23, 2008

How state education funding should be spent has pitted state officials and education advocates against the Bloomberg administration. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports.

REPORTER: A brawl has broken out over the $620 million that the state is due to give the city this year as part of ...

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No Destruction, No Construction

Friday, May 23, 2008

The fireworks display that opens the Beijing Olympic games are being created by one of China’s leading contemporary artists: Cai Guo-Qiang. But you don’t have to wait until August to get a taste of his flashy visual spectacles. There’s one week left to see his ...

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New West Side Developer Approved

Friday, May 23, 2008

The board of the MTA has approved a new developer for its West Side rail yards site.

Officials say that the billion-dollar agreement is already more secure than the deal that fell through with the previous developer.

The Related Companies and Goldman Sachs have already handed over ...

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Second Surgery for Paterson

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is recovering and resting comfortably a day after emergency eye surgery.

Spokesmen say the governor is expected to return to state business after Memorial Day. The Democrat went to a Manhattan hospital Tuesday after suffering what physicians say was excruciating pain from acute ...

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Port Authority Approves Additional Airport Security Measures

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Port Authority has approved a $28 million project to put additional vertical cylindrical security barriers in front of terminals at Newark Liberty and LaGuardia airports.

The first phase of the project was approved last year, not long after two men crashed a flaming Jeep loaded ...

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Officials Look to Quell Crown Heights Tension

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Black and Jewish officials are standing together to fight the recent spike in Crown Heights violence.

State Assemblyman Dov Hikind says the six-month-old Black-Jewish alliance of politicians is alarmed by bias crimes, up 20 percent from this time last year.

Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz says elected ...

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MTA Approval Expected for Rail Yards Developer

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The full Metropolitan Transportation Authority board is expected to approve the new buyer for the West Side rail yards at a special meeting today.

The proposed developer, The Related Companies, has already signed a preliminary agreement and deposited $11 million in escrow - which will be ...

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Botanical Garden, Prospect Park get $25 million donation

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Twenty five million dollars has been donated to the New York Botanical Garden and Prospect Park. That's the largest private gift to the parks in the city's history.

Philanthropist Shelby White says she grew up a block away from Brooklyn's Prospect Park and considered it her ...

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Brooklyn Residents Protest Renewed Violence

Thursday, May 22, 2008

After a recent shooting in Brooklyn's Clinton Hill neighborhood, residents and elected officials want the Police Department to increase police presence there. They claim the streets have felt less safe over the past several months. This conflicts with the city's statistics, which indicate that the ...

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Brooklyn Bridge Celebrates 125 Years!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Fireworks, a Navy flyover and a new tribute song are on tap for the 125th birthday blowout for the Brooklyn Bridge tonight.

Thousands of people are expected at the kickoff festivities at Empire-Fulton Ferry State Park in Brooklyn this evening, featuring a performance by the Brooklyn ...

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Ground Zero Towers Delayed as Merrill Lynch Mulls Moving In

Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Port Authority is pushing back the deadlines on three of the towers at the World Trade Center. The agency granted developer Larry Silverstein another four to six months to complete the projects, because Merrill Lynch may be moving in to the complex. Larry Coscia ...

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New Port Authority Commissioner Picked

Thursday, May 22, 2008

New York's State Senate has confirmed a new Port Authority commissioner.

Attorney H. Sidney Holmes III will join the 12-member board of the bi-state agency. The commissioners are equally split between New York and New Jersey.

Holmes is a senior partner with Winston Strawn's corporate law department. ...

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NJ Families Fall Behind on Payments

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Higher energy costs and a slowing economy have produced a spike in the number of New Jersey families falling behind on their utility bills.

According to the New Jersey State Board of Public Utilities, in 2007 over 175,000 households had their electricity shut off. That's ...

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New Contract for Catholic Teachers

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A union representing 3,000 lay teachers at 206 catholic schools has ratified a four year contract with the Archdiocese of New York.

The Federation of Catholic Teachers announced yesterday that its members overwhelmingly approved the tentative contract reached last month. FCT president Mary-Ann Perry says ...

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