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120-Year-Old Cabrini Med Center to Close

Friday, March 14, 2008

A 120-year-old Manhattan hospital that was once built to serve Italian immigrants will soon be the latest to shut its doors.

WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

Cabrini Medical Center is one of dozens of hospitals and nursing homes around New York recommended for closure last year by a panel appointed by previous ...

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Asian Art Week in Full Swing

Friday, March 14, 2008

Jonathan Stone works with Asian art at Christie's, where viewing has opened for a series of important sales. He says the collection several exceptional pieces.

STONE: There's a really spectacular 12th century Buddha - a Japanese Buddha - from the Kamakura period. A wooden piece, which if you look at the ...

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Deliberations Continue in Nixzmary Brown Case

Friday, March 14, 2008

Still no verdict in the murder trial of Cesar Rodriguez, the man accused of murdering his 7-year-old step-daughter, Nixzmary Brown.

Jurors have been deliberating for about a day and half. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

The trial lasted for more than 10 weeks and now the predominantly female jury must decide Rodriguez's fate.

Among ...

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Spitzer's Legal Troubles Take on a Life of Their Own

Friday, March 14, 2008

Even though Gov. Eliot Spitzer is leaving office his legal troubles have taken on a life of their own. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

None of the four defendants who were arrested for their alleged role in the prostitution ring have yet to be actually indicted.

Legal experts say the period between ...

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Famed Food Scientist Teaches in NYC

Friday, March 14, 2008

Why does mango irritate some peoples' skin?

How many different ways can you sear a steak?

Why is acid necessary to poach an egg?

And what exactly does it mean to sous-vide?

To answer those questions and thousands more, curious cooks have been consulting the quintessential reference book "On Food and Cooking" for more ...

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Taxi Drivers Drop Suit Against City

Friday, March 14, 2008

The TV monitors, credit card machines and GPS systems that many drivers worried would be an invasion of privacy are now permanent.

A spokesperson for the city's Law Department says, "This is a complete victory for the city and it will allow all taxi passengers to enjoy the benefits of these ...

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Lt. Gov. Paterson Addresses Press

Friday, March 14, 2008

On Monday, he replaces Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned after being linked to a prostitution ring.

At his first press conference after Spitzer's announcement, Lt. Gov. David Paterson spoke of plans for moving ahead with campaign finance reform in Albany.

PATERSON: We want to not dictate campaign finance. We want to really ...

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Albany Scrambles for Paterson Inauguration

Friday, March 14, 2008

Albany is scrambling to put together Monday's inauguration during which David Paterson will be sworn in as New York's 55th governor.

Staffers for Eliot Spitzer have been working with the lieutenant governor's staff in organizing the 40-minute swearing in ceremony. The event, to take place in front of the joint session ...

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Tenants Bill Signed Into Law

Friday, March 14, 2008

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says the new legislation lends tenants more muscle in housing court.

Advocate Benjamin Dulchin says the new law addresses new housing problems.

DULCHIN: What you have now is not landlords who buy buildings with out understand the social contract, which is, yeah you buy a building in ...

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Bloody Gun Introduced at Bell Trial

Friday, March 14, 2008

The Rev. Al Sharpton made a rare appearance at the trial of the three officers charged with Sean Bell's death.

Sharpton said he was disturbed by testimony from a crime scene investigator, who said the gun of undercover detective Gescard Isnora had dried blood on it.

SHARPTON: I know that there's usually ...

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The Changing Face of Prostitution

Friday, March 14, 2008

The fall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer placed a spotlight on the world of prostitution.

Times have changed - the red light district is virtual and arrangements are made via email and telephone.

But the stories of the prostitutes, what they make, the social stigma and the danger they face hasn't really changed.

Joining ...

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David Paterson Rushes to Prepare Transition

Friday, March 14, 2008

David Paterson's humor was on display yesterday when he held his first press conference since the Spitzer scandal made him the the governor-to-be.

Here's how he responded when asked by a reporter if he'd ever patronized a prostitute.

PATERSON: Only the lobbyists...

REPORTER: That was just one of the quips Paterson tossed out ...

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Union Proposes New Accountability Plan

Friday, March 14, 2008

Randi Weingarten, president of the United Federation of Teachers, says her proposals are better than the current Education Department's system, which heavily relies on test scores.

The UFT's proposal would balance test scores with a host of other factors, such as the richness of a school's curriculum, its safety and funding.

Her ...

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Performance Art at Whitney Biennial

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Up at the Park Avenue Armory, all kinds of events are going on - from a dance marathon to the chance to drink at a custom-designed tequila bar to a gypsy-themed dinner party.

They're all part of the Whitney Biennial, the Whitney Museum's take on the latest in American contemporary art.

Claudia ...

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Residents, Lawmakers React to Spitzer Resignation

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Lawmakers at the State Capitol say they're focused on going forward with the soon-to-be Gov. David Paterson. He takes over during what is always a hectic time in Albany, with a budget due by the end of the month. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.

As it began to sink in that ...

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East Side Development Closer to Approval

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A City Council committee has approved a $4 billion residential and commercial development on the East River. The project, proposed by developer Sheldon Solow, is on a former Con Ed property.

Dan Garodnick, a Democrat from the East Side, said that five of the project's towers were scaled back significantly.

GARODNICK: ...

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Famed Hawks Expecting

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Bird watchers say a celebrated hawk couple is poised to produce chicks for the first time since a 2004 furor over their Fifth Avenue nest.

New York City Audubon Society spokeswoman Sandy Fiebelkorn tells the Daily News that the red-tailed hawks - Pale Male and Lola - are nurturing at least ...

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Nixzmary Brown Trial Winds Down

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A prosecutor confronted the defendant as she gave her closing argument yesterday.

WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

Ama Dwimoh pointed her finger and glared at Rodriguez as she stood directly in front of the defense table. She called him a murderer and with the photos of Nixzmary's emaciated and badly beaten body in ...

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To Sweeten Congestion Pricing, Parking Permits

Thursday, March 13, 2008

A new city program gives neighborhood residents parking permits in hopes of discouraging "park and ride" commuters from other areas.

Janette Sadik-Khan is the commissioner of the Department of Transportation. She says people won't try to park in already congested neighborhoods to avoid the congestion fee.

SADIK-KHAN: But to allay that fear ...

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Paterson Says He's Ready to Govern

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Showing flashes of his trademark wit and self-deprecation, incoming governor David Paterson outlined his immediate plans when he takes over from resigning Governor Eliot Spitzer on Monday and he took questions from the media.

It was the lieutenant governor's first news conference since news on Monday that Eliot Spitzer had solicited ...

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