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New Playground Opens in The Bronx, Part of Mayor's Initiative

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

City officials had a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new playground at the Bronx's P.S. 138. It's part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's goal to ensure that all New Yorkers live within a ten-minute walk to a park or a playground.

The city plans to invest $111 million ...

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MTA Restarts Negotiation Process With Bidders

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Now that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's billion-dollar deal with Tishman Speyer has collapsed, the agency is negotiating with the other original bidders to find another buyer for the West Side rail yards.

But, as WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports, the options aren't great.

Of the five original ...

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New Yorkers Donate to Quake Relief

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

New Yorkers - especially Chinese-Americans - are answering the call for donations to victims of this week's devastating earthquake in China.

Queens resident James Lee stopped by the offices of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association yesterday to donate $100.

Lee says he doesn't know anyone personally ...

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Attempts to Revive West Side Development Deal Fail

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The deal to develop the West Side rail yards really is dead. Tishman Speyer has just announced that it is withdrawing from the $1 billion agreement that it tentatively reached in March.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which owns the 26-acre parcel in far west midtown, said ...

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Complaints About Police Aired at Forum

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Those outraged by the not-guilty verdicts in the Sean Bell police shooting case got a chance to speak up yesterday at a public forum on community-police relations hosted by U.S. Rep. John Conyers.

Conyers, the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, called for justice and ...

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Artist Robert Rauschenberg Dies

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Robert Rauschenberg the artist whose use of everyday materials --- made him pioneer in pop art died yesterday at age 82.

His talents spanned the worlds of painting, sculpture and dance. He was known for his three-dimensional paintings which blurred art and objects from modern life.

Born ...

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Chance to Play Water Pipes, Metal Beams Downtown

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Ex-Talking Heads front man David Byrne plans to turn a landmark building in lower Manhattan into a giant musical instrument.

Byrne is retrofitting an antique organ so that it "plays" the building's metal beams, electrical conduits and water pipes.

Byrne says visitors will get a chance ...

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Mayor: West Side Remains Top Priority

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city's top priority is still the development of the West Side rail yards.

He's dismissed suggestions by Sen. Charles Schumer that the city should let the Port Authority take the lead in developing the Moynihan Station.

The mayor added that the ...

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Hudson Rail Yards Deal Dead

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Two days of negotiations failed to salvage the $1 billion deal to develop the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Hudson Rail Yards on the Far West Side. Developer Tishman Speyer says it's withdrawing, saying the two parties could not reach an agreement that satisfied both.

The Metropolitan Transportation ...

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A Golden Age for Women on Broadway

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The Tony Nominations were announced today. Leading the pack were the musicals In the Heights with 13 nominations and Passing Strange with 7 nods. In addition to Broadway's efforts to reach younger, more diverse audiences, Elisabeth Vincentelli also argues that this is a golden age ...

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Costly Delays at Ground Zero

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The city and state may have to cough up $321 million to Goldman Sachs because of delays in rebuilding at the World Trade Center site.

WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The hefty fines would include free rent - 64 years of it - as well as other ...

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Nominees for Tony Awards Announced

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - ``In the Heights,'' a lively snapshot of Latino life in Upper Manhattan, received 13 Tony Award nominations Tuesday, more than any other show. A lush, lavish revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's ``South Pacific'' took 11 nominations, followed by ``Sunday in the ...

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Cablevision's Purchase of Newsday Surprises Experts

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

With $650 million and a pledge to uphold journalistic standards, the Cablevision Company has snagged Newsday. Cablevision is a major local player not only in cable TV, but also in sports and telecommunications. We’ll learn more now about Cablevision from Greg David, he’s been covering ...

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Knicks Introduce New Coach D'Antoni

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

The New York Knicks introduced Mike D'Antoni as their new coach today, hoping his high-scoring brand of basketball will turn around a team with seven straight losing seasons.

D'Antoni brings his preference for a running, offensive style to a team that seems ill-suited to run it, ...

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N.J. Official Warns of Tough Budget Decisions Ahead

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

In New Jersey, tax revenues for 2007 came in higher than expected this spring, but State Treasurer David Rousseau is warning lawmakers not to get too optimistic as they negotiate a budget.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Call it the echo effect from a healthier economy. A ...

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Last Day to Register for N.J. June Election

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Today's the last day to register to vote in next month's New Jersey primaries.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more on this year's surprisingly competitive contests.

No, there won't be any presidential preferences to sort through this time. But, voters will have to pick and choose from ...

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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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Cablevision Buys Newsday from Tribune

Monday, May 12, 2008

The nation's eleventh-largest newspaper, Long Island-based Newsday, will soon change hands.

WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports.

The winning bid for Newsday came from Cablevision, which is based in Bethpage.

The cable provider beat out bids from the owners of the Daily News and the New York Post.

The current owner, ...

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Cablevision to Acquire Newsday

Monday, May 12, 2008

Cablevision Systems Corporation says it is buying Newsday from Tribune Company for $650 million.

Cablevision beat out media mogul Rupert Murdoch who withdrew his own $580 million bid over the weekend.

The deal, just announced this morning, brings Newsday back to local ownership on Long Island. Tribune ...

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Clinton Video to Supporters says 'Thank You'

Monday, May 12, 2008

Hillary Clinton has sent out a fund-raising video to supporters entitled "a thank you." WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

Video fund-raising appeals have become common this campaign, but an unusually subdued Hillary Clinton, clad in a light blue pantsuit, made a cameo today. Referring to her ...

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