Streams

Pope's Visit Causes Elation, Gridlock

Friday, April 18, 2008

The pope's visit to the city has some people elated but others fed up with some of the street closures and gridlock - especially on the east side of Manhattan where the pontiff has been spending the day.

Cabbie Figaro Chodry says it’s more challenging than ...

Comment

Council Questions How Slush Funds Slipped by Comptroller

Friday, April 18, 2008

City Council members are asking why the City's fiscal watchdog, Comptroller Bill Thompson, failed to detect the use of phony non-profits by council leadership to hide millions of dollars. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this report.

REPORTER: At face value it would be like finding a needle ...

Comment

Bronx Nuns Donate Hosts for Pope's Yankee Stadium Mass

Friday, April 18, 2008

Sixty thousand communion wafers will be dispensed at the Pope's Mass at Yankee Stadium Sunday. The wafers are a donation from the Corpus Christi Monastery in the South Bronx. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

REPORTER: A magnolia tree is in full bloom in front of the 119-year-old ...

Comment

Small Upper East Side Parish Prepares to Welcome Pope

Friday, April 18, 2008

As Pope Benedict makes his way to spend the weekend New York City, last-minute preparations are being made for his arrival. His packed schedule includes visits to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, a synagogue, a seminary and Yankee Stadium, as well as a parade up Fifth Avenue.

He's ...

Comment

Con Ed Probes Manhole Blast

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Con Edison is investigating what prompted low-voltage cables beneath a Midtown manhole to smolder, prompting a fire, and an explosion of the manhole cover.

No one was hurt in the early morning incident, but 33 residents at five small apartment buildings were forced out of their ...

Comment

Extreme Commuters Weigh In On Pennsylvania Primaries

Thursday, April 17, 2008

As Pennsylvanians get ready to go to the polls for next week's presidential primary, WNYC's Fred Mogul spoke with several of those who commute from the Keystone State to New York each day about how they think the campaign and a new president could affect ...

Comment

Judge Upholds Calorie-Posting Regulations

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A federal judge has upheld a new city health code provision that would require national chain restaurants to post calories on menus and menu boards. WNYC's Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: The New York State Restaurant Association challenged the regulation, saying it would be burdensome for ...

Comment

Settlement Will Speed Food Stamps Applications

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A federal judge has approved a settlement requiring the city to process food stamp applications within 30 days, or five days if the applicant has no income.

The settlement comes out of a 2004 lawsuit that was filed by the Urban Justice Center on behalf of ...

Comment

Former Newark Mayor Guilty of Fraud

Thursday, April 17, 2008

With one corruption conviction against former Newark Mayor Sharpe James secured, prosecutors will now decide whether to go forward with a second trial.

James and a one-time mistress were convicted yesterday of corruption charges stemming from her cut-rate purchases of city land. But James still faces ...

Comment

JFK Scanner Can See Through Passengers' Clothes

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Authorities at JFK Airport will now have the ability to peer beneath a passenger's clothing to detect concealed weapons.

A body scanner was installed today at a single checkpoint at the airport. Los Angeles's airport also got one of the new machines, in a pilot program.

The ...

Comment

Bread Is Out, Schmaltz Is In

Thursday, April 17, 2008

In time for Passover, Arthur Schwartz talks about the benefits of chicken fat and why Jewish food isn’t as outdated as it might seem Schwartz is the author of Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited.

SLIDESHOW: Arthur Schwartz's Jewish Home Cooking

...

Comment

Indictments Expose Holes in Council's Fiscal Oversight

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The indictment of two City Council staffers who allegedly stole $145,000 from a non-profit has exposed serious weaknesses in the Council's financial controls.

But WNYC's Bob Hennelly says the ongoing probe may find the lax controls may extend to city agencies, too.

The practice of Council leadership ...

Comment

National Library Week Makes Noise at City Hall

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A City Hall celebration for National Library Week was anything but quiet.

Staff members from libraries around the city, set-up tables in City Hall Park and invited passersby to sign up for library cards... and a band of Brooklyn librarians called "Lost in the Stacks" entertained ...

Comment

The Future of Dancehall?

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

For several years, activists in the UK have waged a campaign against homophobic songs in dancehall, a modern form of Reggae. Now the campaign is growing in North America. Concerts are being picketed and i-Tunes Canada recently announced it was pulling all homophobic dancehall songs ...

Comment

Bollywood Legend Plays Carnegie Hall

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

One of the biggest stars figures in Indian pop culture will play Carnegie Hall tomorrow night: the Bollywood film singer Asha Bhosle. Asha has recorded thousands of songs, and this year she celebrates her 75th birthday and her 65th year in show business. WNYC's Rob ...

Comment

Everything Must Go

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Flux Factory, the Long Island City based arts collective, is moving out. Their building and entire block is set to be demolished by the MTA. They're home to 17 artists, who live and work in the space. To mark the event they’re turning every inch ...

Comment

Feds Indict 2 Council Staffers

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

After weeks of public speculation about a criminal probe into the city council's budget practices, federal prosecutors unsealed the indictment of two staffers who worked for Brooklyn Councilman Kendall Stewart. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

U.S. Attorney Michael Garcia said the alleged conspiracy was masterminded by ...

Comment

Council Members Push for Hedge Fund Tax

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

They want to increase the taxes paid by private equity and hedge fund managers.

The idea is to apply the city's Unincorporated Business Tax to the money fund managers make on their clients' investments. The liberal Fiscal Policy Institute calculates city coffers would grow by as ...

Comment

Rule Change for Local Banks

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Regulations for locally chartered banks have been streamlined. New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania will now honor each other's banking charters.

This means New York-based banks are free to open branches in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, without having to answer to each state's regulators.

New York's ...

Comment

City Council Infighting Continues

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

There's growing discontent among City Council members with their leader, Speaker Christine Quinn.

Members are still concerned with Quinn's proposal to basically give the mayor's office final say in how the council doles out its discretionary funds. That's money council members give out for projects ...

Comment