Streams

FDNY Investigates Bensonhurst Fire

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The investigation continues into the cause of Saturday's fire in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn that killed three men and left two others critically injured -- including one who jumped out a window to escape. Neighbors say as many as eight Guatemalan workers rented rooms in the two-story house on 18th Avenue. It ...

Comment

The Art of the Speech 40 Years After Martin Luther King

Sunday, January 20, 2008

In this election year, political oratory is back in the spotlight. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter sat down with one of New York's best known orators to talk about the art of the speech forty years after Dr. Martin Luther King.

KING: We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the ...

Comment

New Jersey Senator Menendez Goes to Iraq

Sunday, January 20, 2008

New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez is in Iraq this weekend. The Democrat met Saturday with General David Petraeus and Ryan Crocker, the U.S. ambassador to Baghdad. He also visited with soldiers from New Jersey. Menendez meets Sunday with leaders of Iraq's main political parties. He wouldn't discuss specifics, citing security ...

Comment

Giants Face Packers in NFC Championship

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The New York Giants will go to the Super Bowl if they can beat the Packers in Green Bay in Saturday night's NFC championship game. WNYC's Dan Blumberg has more.

Comment

Mayor Bloomberg Goes to California

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg is in California today, as he continues to deny that considering an independent bid for the White House. Bloomberg is set to appear with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in Los Angeles.

REPORTER: The mayor was in Austin, Texas, Friday at an event to launch a national effort against cancer. ...

Comment

New York Chess Fans Remember Bobby Fischer

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Fans of Bobby Fischer are remembering the chess icon over chess boards around the five boroughs.

REPORTER: Fischer died on Thursday, leaving behind a legacy that includes being the only American to win the world championship. Fischer was raised in Brooklyn and attended Erasmus High School before dropping out at sixteen ...

Comment

Sean Bell's Fiancee Against Change of Venue

Saturday, January 19, 2008

The fiancee of the late Sean Bell is urging a court not to move the trial of three detectives charged in his shooting. In a letter to an appeals court, Nicole Paultre Bell writes that a change of venue would make it harder for the victim's relatives to attend the ...

Comment

Javits Center Plans Revamped

Saturday, January 19, 2008

A scaled-back plan to expand and renovate the Jacob Javits Convention Center has been unveiled by state officials. It calls for adding up to 100,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space to the Manhattan convention hall. That's compared to more than 500,000 square feet in an earlier plan. State ...

Comment

Trial Continues in the Death of Nixmary Brown

Friday, January 18, 2008

Defense Attorney Jeffrey Schwartz continues to try to convince jurors that 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown was killed by her mother and not his client Cesar Rodriguez.

REPORTER: The attorney says Nixzaliz Santiago blamed her daughter for a recent miscarriage and beat her. He accused police of focusing on Rodriguez too quickly and ...

Comment

Terror Suspect Sentenced to Life in Prison

Friday, January 18, 2008

A 26 year-old man was sentenced to life in federal court in New York City today.

REPORTER: Mohammed Mansour Jabarah had been in US custody for 6 years, after he was charged with planning and conspiring to bomb US embassies in the Philippines and Singapore in 2001. Initially, he collaborated with ...

Comment

Actors Rally to Save Performance Space

Friday, January 18, 2008

The struggle to save artists' studios at Carnegie Hall took a star turn today. The actor John Turturro appeared with other performers at a City Hall rally.

REPORTER: They're urging Mayor Bloomberg to intervene, and stop the eviction of long-time residents who live in apartments above the concert hall. The studios ...

Comment

In Harlem, tough choice: Clinton or Obama?

Friday, January 18, 2008

Harlem has been the New York pulse of support for the Clintons. But with the emergence of Barack Obama as a formidable opponent for the Democratic presidential nomination, the community's loyalty is now torn between their senator AND the man who could become America's first black commander in chief. WNYC's ...

Comment

Guard Members Deployed to Afghanistan

Thursday, January 17, 2008

REPORTER: The Guard threw 9 different farewell parties across the state for the troops and their families.

Specialist Joseph Rolan posed for pictures and snacked with his family at the Armory in Manhattan.

A self-professed jokester, Rolan says he plans to use humor to keep his stress down while overseas.

ROLAN: It breaks ...

Comment

Bloomberg Gives Address with National Overtones

Thursday, January 17, 2008

In his State of the City address today, Mayor Bloomberg pledged to cut property taxes by 7 percent for the second year in a row. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Mayor Bloomberg came to Queens to give the annual address. His commitment to another round of property tax cuts had several ...

Comment

Activists in Clinton Country Attempt to Rally the Troops

Thursday, January 17, 2008

A group of politicians and ministers from around the city say they will be working with the Obama campaign to expand his support in New York and other states. WNYC's Elaine Rivera reports:

REPORTER: At Brooklyn's First Baptist Church, a handful of black leaders announced that the number of religious clergy ...

Comment

Opening Statements in Child Abuse Trial

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Prosecutors say Cesar Rodriguez subjected Brown to systematic torture and abuse. His defense attorney says the child's mother is to blame.

WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

The trial is expected to layout in graphic detail how 7-year-old Nixzmary Brown was often bound to a chair and confined to a dirty room.

But defense attorney ...

Comment

Court Favors Current System of Judicial Elections

Thursday, January 17, 2008

REPORTER: Critics of New York's system of electing trial judges say they're going to focus on changing the state's constitution.

This, following the Supreme Court's ruling that the system is constitutional.

Dirk Olin, of the Institute for Judicial Studies, says the current system encourages judicial candidates to cozy up to lawyers and ...

Comment

LIRR Prepares for Possible Amtrak Strike

Thursday, January 17, 2008

The LIRR relies on Amtrak facilities at Penn Station.

If there's a strike, it would direct passengers to use several different subway stations in Brooklyn and Queens, so that the transfer hub at Jamaica Station in Queens wouldn't be dangerously overwhelmed.

Plans also envision a special subway line running between the Sutpin ...

Comment

Portraits of Artists and Writers

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Ingmar Bergman, Aaron Copland, T.S. Elliot and Simone DeBeauvoir are all on display in a new exhibition at the Morgan Library and Museum. The exhibition presents 67 portraits by the photographer Irving Penn, who photographed some of the greatest creative minds of the 20th century. And he had to wrestle ...

Comment

State of the City Preview

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg plans to keep some popular tax breaks in next year's budget. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The economic forecast may be grim, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg still hopes to deliver a 7% property tax cut across the board, for the 2nd consecutive year.

The mayor will also endorse another round ...

Comment