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Tishman Speyer To Develop Far West Side

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A new chapter has opened in the fate of the Hudson rail yards on the Far West Side, considered the last remaining substantial piece of undeveloped property in Manhattan. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which owns the Hudson Yards, has awarded development rights to Tishman Speyer, the owner of Rockefeller Center.

The ...

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New Bill Mandates Recycling of Electronics

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Today, the City Council passed two bills mandating the recycling of old computers and t.v.’s. One bill is supported by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and is expected to get his signature. The other is thought by e-waste recycling supporters to be tougher, and it does not have the mayor’s support. Councilman ...

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City Aims to Be More Senior-Friendly

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Along with the Bloomberg administration, the City Council and the New York Academy of Medicine are holding a series of forums throughout the five boroughs to hear from senior citizens about how to make the city more "age friendly."

WNYC's Kathleen Horan stopped by a forum on the Upper West ...

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Court Rules WTC Workers' Lawsuits Can Proceed

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A federal appeals court says lawsuits can proceed on behalf of thousands of World Trade Center workers who say they were not properly protected during post-9/11 cleanup efforts. WNYC’s Fred Mogul, has more.

Lawyers for New York City and the Port Authority had asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ...

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Paterson Discusses Drug Use, Affairs

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

During a lengthy televised interview last night, Gov. David Paterson said New York has a chance to set a tone of fiscal responsibility as it seeks to close a $4.6 billion budget gap.

PATERSON: I want New York to be a national leader in how to address our sagging economy, and ...

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Fight Against Mortgage Fraud Lacks Funding

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Proposed budget cuts will handicap the fight against mortgage fraud - that's according to the city's district attorneys.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says in just the last few years, real estate and mortgage fraud cases have tripled. And that, he says, is just the tip of the iceberg.

BROWN: ...

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Bell witness: Cops didn't identify themselves

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Another witness to the shooting of the Sean Bell testifies police didn't identify themselves before opening fire. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more from the courthouse.

Bell's friend Gene Nelson, said Bell exchanged heated words with a stranger in front of the club Kalua, and that Bell and another friend threatened ...

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GOP Insider May Have Had Role in Spitzer Inquiry

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The name of an influential, behind-the-scenes Republican strategist has surfaced in connection with former Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s scandal.

Back in November, Roger Stone had his lawyer write to the FBI alleging that Spitzer was consorting with a prostitute.

The letter says Stone learned the information from "a social contact in an adult-themed ...

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Beebo Brinker Chronicles

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

These days, the cable TV show the L-word brings lesbians into mainstream American living rooms. But 50 years ago lesbian pulp novels inspired a generation of women. Theater critic Alisa Solomon has these reflections on books by Ann Bannon and a new play they’ve inspired.


Beebo Brinker ...

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Doctoroff Gets OK for Involvement in City Projects

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The city's Conflicts of Interest Board has cleared the Bloomberg Administration's request to have former Deputy Mayor Dan Doctoroff continue to be involved in several high profile city projects and initiatives.

Doctoroff left his job heading Economic Development for the top post at Bloomberg LP back in January. The ...

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MTA Backpedals on New Service

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is going go back on the word given by its chief executive just three weeks ago. Lee Sander told thousands of people during the first ever State of the MTA address that he wanted to go ahead with $30 million worth of extra bus and subway ...

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Straphangers Campaign: Improvement in NYC Subway 'Shmutz'

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Good news, straphangers! The level of "subway shmutz" has improved slightly.

That's the word from the Straphangers Campaign.

The group's annual survey finds the biggest improvements on the "L" and "7." Straphangers staff attorney Gene Russianoff says the group wants to "congratulate" NYC transit for assigning extra cleaners and new managers on ...

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Paterson Weighs Giving Spitzer E-mails to DA

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is weighing whether to turn over to Albany County District Attorney David Soares the e-mails of his predecessor, Eliot Spitzer. Soares requested the correspondence, after reports indicated that Spitzer was deeply involved in the scheme to use troopers to discredit Senate Leader Joe Bruno. Karen DeWitt has ...

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City Council Discusses Congestion Pricing

Monday, March 24, 2008

It's a do-or-die week for congestion pricing.

The state legislature set next Monday as the deadline for the $8 per car fee to drive into Manhattan. But first, the proposal has to pass through the City Council, which holds a hearing on it today.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is behind the plan - ...

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An English Take on Wall Street

Monday, March 24, 2008

Just a week ago, the Federal Reserve approved JPMorgan's takeover of Bear Stearns at $2 a share. Now, JPMorgan reportedly wants to boost that price to $10 a share to appease Bear Stearns shareholders.

The Fed would have to approve any new deal and it's apparently unhappy with the higher price.

Here ...

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Auxiliary Cops Denied Death Benefits

Monday, March 24, 2008

Senator Charles Schumer and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly lobbied on behalf of two fallen New York City auxiliary police officers who were denied thousands of dollars in death benefits by the Department of Justice because they were volunteers.

Schumer and Kelly say the families of officers Eugene Marshalik and Nicholas Pekearo's ...

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Manhattan DA Fears Off-Shore Hedge Funds Puts Investments at Risk

Monday, March 24, 2008

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau says that he believes off-shore banking by hedge funds leaves investors and the public increasingly vulnerable. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Morgenthau says there is $1.9 trillion on deposit in the Cayman Islands beyond U.S. legal jurisdiction compared to just $400 billion on deposit in New ...

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City Council Hears Testimony on Congestion Pricing

Monday, March 24, 2008

City Council Members are hearing testimony for both opponents and supporters of congestion pricing today. Mayor Michael Bloomberg's aides again dangled the prospect of losing a $354 million federal grant as an incentive to approve the plan within the next seven days.

Queens Council Member Melinda Katz, who opposed congestion pricing, ...

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Persistant TB Strain in Harlem, Bronx has Doctors Worried

Monday, March 24, 2008

City health officials say tuberculosis rates are down for the 15th straight year. But they are concerned about a persistent strain of the disease in Harlem and the Bronx. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

In 2007, for the first time in several years, fewer than 1,000 city residents contracted the potentially-deadly-but-generally-treatable ...

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Officials Push for Auxiliary Cop Benefits

Monday, March 24, 2008

Officials are urging the Justice Department to reconsider its denial of benefits to two auxiliary police officers who were killed in a violent street confrontation in the city last year.

Officers Nicholas Pekearo and Eugene Marshalik were killed in Greenwich Village while trying to stop a gunman after he killed a ...

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