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City Pools Open

Friday, June 27, 2008

All 54 outdoor pools run by the city are opening today, including the "floating pool lady" - a seven-lane pool on a barge - at its new home in Barretto Point Park in the Bronx. One New Yorker couldn't wait to cool off on this ...

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Education Groups Cautious About Budget

Friday, June 27, 2008

The proposed across-the-board cuts at schools have been wiped out as the Bloomberg administration agrees to restore $129 million in education funding.

But education activists say they're still taking a wait and see attitude. Geri Palast, of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, say it's still too ...

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New Degree Promotes Sustainable Urban Design

Friday, June 27, 2008

The New School announced the launch yesterday of its undergraduate program in Environmental Studies. The degree program is meant to combine the scientific study of urban ecosystems with sustainable design.

Joseph Westphal is provost at the New School. He says students will be able to take ...

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The Comprehensivist

Friday, June 27, 2008

Buckminster Fuller called himself a "comprehensive, anticipatory design scientist." Fuller was an American architect, engineer, inventor and visionary who died in 1985. Today, his work continues to inspire builders, designers, artists, chemists, cartographers – the list seems endless. Now, selections of Fuller’s work are on ...

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City Council, Mayor Reach Budget Deal

Friday, June 27, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration and the City Council have reached a $59 billion budget deal that holds the line on city spending while restoring $129 million in education cuts. It also gives property owners a seven percent property tax cut for a second year.

But a deteriorating ...

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Local Struggle to Help Those Suffering in Zimbabwe

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Members of Zimbabwe's opposition party are boycotting the run-off election scheduled for today. And here in New York, a newly formed branch of the party is trying to send aid to activists and family members who've been tortured or run out of their homes. WNYC's ...

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Taxpayers Take City Council To Court

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Under an 1873 law, citizens can ask state courts hold an inquiry into potential neglect of duty by public officials.

A group of taxpayers say such a probe is the only way to get to the bottom of how the City Council for years maintained phony ...

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School's Out For Summer

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The last day of school was today for the city's public school students. Many kids already have their summers planned.

These second graders from the upper West Side, Lauren Winters and her friend Abigail share what they're looking forward to:

WINTERS: Making new friends in camp - ...

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The Waterfalls

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Today, 4 monumental, man-made waterfalls open to the public along the East River. They were created by the Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, in conjunction with the Public Art Fund. WNYC's Pejk Malinovski took a boat ride around the project site with the artist, several weeks ...

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Bloomberg Undaunted by Supreme Court Ruling

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the Supreme Court's ruling backing an individual's right to own a gun will not threaten his group, Mayors Against Illegal Guns. He says the coalition was never against the right to bear arms, just against criminals having that right. He says ...

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Louise Bourgeois Celebrated at the Guggenheim

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The new Guggenheim Museum exhibit Louise Bourgeois features seven decades of the French-born artist's work. Over time, Bourgeois has worked with a wide variety of media, creating sculpted family surrogates from wood, spirals in aluminum, human figures from latex and resin, and whole narrative scenes ...

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Report: Women Worse Off than in '89

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A report on the economic status of women in New York State shows earnings are stagnant and poverty is up slightly. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports:

The report based on census data from 2005 found that the median salary for women is just above $33,000 a year. ...

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LMDC: More Delays for Demolition of Former Deutsche Bank Building

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The state official in charge of taking down the former Deutsche Bank tower says the structure is likely to remain standing into next year.

Avi Schick, chairman of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, estimated in January that the contaminated building would be dismantled by the end ...

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HIV Testing Program Launches in the Bronx

Thursday, June 26, 2008

New York City is encouraging every adult in the Bronx to get tested for HIV. Although more people have HIV and AIDS in Manhattan, more die of AIDS in the Bronx, suggesting that it's being discovered too late to treat effectively. Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas ...

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Four Waterfalls Grace East River

Thursday, June 26, 2008

New York's harbor now boasts waterfalls among its man-made wonders, along with the Statue of Liberty and the Brooklyn Bridge.

The city's latest massive public arts project gushed to life this morning, with a ceremony at the South Street Seaport, where all four can be viewed. ...

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MTA Board Nixes Lifetime EZ Passes

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The board of directors of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has voted to discontinue a major perk: lifetime EZ Passes.

REPORTER: Traditionally, the MTA gave out the automobile passes as a gift to departing members of the board, who serve without pay. But, once that fact came ...

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Corzine: NJ to Reduce Spending By $600M

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

New Jersey state lawmakers passed a $32.9 billion budget earlier this week, which is $600 million less than the budget approved last fiscal year. This kind of reduction in spending only has happened a handful of times since World War II. Governor Jon Corzine joined ...

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Louise Bourgeois

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The new Guggenheim Museum exhibit Louise Bourgeois fills the rotunda with seven decades of the French-born artist's lifetime of work.

Visitors can see Bourgeois's concepts sketched out on paper displayed next to the sculptures and installations, and follow her career as an American artist through the ...

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Current MTA Board Members Can Use Passes for "Official Business"

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The MTA Board voted unanimously to take back the lifetime free EZ Passes from former board members after pressure from the governor, mayor and the attorney general.

REPORTER: However, they did so reluctantly. MTA chief executive Lee Sander says the free EZ Passes and commuter rail ...

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Paterson Expresses Confidence in Skelos as GOP Leader

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

After giving the commencement speech for Harlem's Frederick Douglass Academy graduates, Governor David Paterson expressed his full confidence in the newly-selected Republican State Senate Majority Leader, Dean Skelos.

REPORTER: Paterson says they've had a good working relationship in the past. The governor dismissed reporters' questions that ...

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