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State Judge Says No To Union Square Restaurant Plan

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

State Supreme Court Judge Jane Solomon has put on hold the Bloomberg administration's plan to construct a restaurant in Union Square Park. She did, however, allow the city to continue its $21 million renovation work on the park's northern pavilion, which will include new restrooms ...

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New York's Little Israel

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Tomorrow marks Israel’s 60th anniversary as an independent nation. Here in New York, Israelis and others will be celebrating with concerts, parties and -- of course -- with food. In preparation for the holiday, Daniela Gerson paid a visit to an East Village grocery store ...

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Bell's Supporters Plan Spring Protest Campaign

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Sean Bell's fiancee and the Reverend Al Sharpton will be in front of One Police Plaza at 3 pm to protest the not-guilty verdicts for three officers in Bell's shooting death.

The event is called a "pray-in," but Sharpton and his supporters are expecting to be ...

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Renewed Effort to Ensure Safety at Construction Sites

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

With construction accidents on the rise - including another yesterday that claimed the life of a worker on the Triborough Bridge - the City Council has introduced 12 bills all aimed at making job sites safer.

One bill would give the Department of Buildings the ...

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Reporter Sues NYPD for Racial Profiling

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

An African-American New York Post reporter is suing the New York City Police Department, for its stop-and-frisk policies. The New York Civil Liberties Union is representing Leonardo Blair.

He tells WNYC's Brian Lehrer he was stopped in the Bronx. Blair says police asked him if he ...

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City At Risk for Major Flooding

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

A Katrina-sized hurricane could put the city out of commission.

That's what scientists and infrastructure experts told the City Council's Infrastructure Task Force yesterday.

The city's Office of Long Term Planning says it's working on a strategic plan and reaching out to vulnerable communities. Deputy Director Ariella ...

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City Pushes for Cameras in Bus Lanes

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

If the city gets its way, there'll soon be an extra set of eyes in bus-only lanes.

The Bloomberg administration wants state lawmakers to approve a proposal to install cameras the lanes to discourage drivers from illegally double-parking.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the city can't afford to ...

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OTB May Get A Second Chance

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Little more than a month remains before a city-imposed deadline that could spell the end of Off Track Betting.

But as WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports, OTB may still get a reprieve.

Even though it makes money, OTB has to make big payouts every year to the state ...

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Rupert Murdoch's Neighborhood Papers

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Over the past few weeks, three companies have been vying for control of Newsday.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, which owns the New York Post, began the bidding at $580 million.

Days later, the owner of the Daily News, Mortimer Zuckerman, matched ...

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International Arms Dealer Indicted in City

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The world’s most high profile international arms dealer has been indicted by a Federal Grand jury in New York City.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Forty-one-year-old Victor Bout, a former Soviet military officer, has been indicted for allegedly conspiring to supply everything from surface and air missiles ...

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Council Demands More Data from NYPD

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The City Council wants the Police Department to provide more information on stop and frisk incidents and shootings involving police officers.

At a public hearing yesterday, several council members claimed the NYPD was resisting efforts to become more transparent and that comprehensive information could easily be ...

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School Groups Call for Targeted Funding

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Educational activists are calling on Schools Chancellor Joel Klein to target $360 million in state funding for specific programs.

Representatives for six educational groups contend that money was won in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit last year. It dictates that the money should go for ...

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Newspaper Wars: How Local Weeklies Fit In To Murdoch’s Media Strategy

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Over the past few weeks, three companies have been vying for control of Newsday.

Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, which owns the New York Post, began the bidding at $580 million.

Days later, the owner of the Daily News, Mortimer Zuckerman, matched ...

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Lawmakers Seek Greater Protection for Jailed Immigrants

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Lawmakers want stronger oversight of how immigration detainees in federal custody are treated. This, after last year's death of an undocumented man from Guinea detained in New Jersey.

The death of 52-year-old Boubacar Bah after a scull fracture, as well as 70 other detainee deaths ...

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Water Taxi Service Increased

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The city will get more ferry service starting next week, thanks to local and federal funds.

City officials hope the subsidies will encourage people to take a boat to work and leave their cars at home.

Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn says it's a greener way to ...

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NYC - Site of Police's Final Concert

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Police - the band, not the NYPD - say they'll play their final concert sometime this summer, in New York City.

The band, which reunited for a 30th anniversary tour last year, says it has a special connection to the city...saying it kicked off its ...

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St. Vincent's Redevelopment Plan Rejected

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Centers will have to revamp its plan to tear down nine buildings in the heart of Greenwich Village; replace them with housing and use the proceeds to modernize its facilities.

A majority of the Landmarks Preservation Commission say they can't support the ...

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Rent Hike Receives Preliminary Approval

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

In a preliminary vote, the Rent Guidelines Board has proposed rent increases on the city's stabilized apartments of 3.5 percent to 7 percent for a one year lease and 5.5 percent to 9.5 percent for two years.

Landlords had initially requested an increase of 10 ...

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Sports Museum Opens in New York

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Yankee Stadium, Madison Square Garden, Belmont Park, Arthur Ashe Stadium. Those are just a few of New York's sports meccas. Well, a new museum near Wall Street hopes there's room for another. WNYC's Dan Blumberg takes us on a tour of the Sports Museum of ...

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Atlantic Yards Loses Green Roof for Arena, 2016 Completion Date

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Forest City Ratner, the company developing the 22 acres over Brooklyn's Atlantic railyards , says it needs two more years to finish the massive arena and high rise project. It's pushing back its completion date from 2016 to 2018, this as critics continue to wonder ...

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