Streams

Marchers Protest Corzine's Plan to Shut Parks

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

About 300 people marched on the New Jersey Statehouse Wednesday to protest Gov. Corzine's plans to close state parks.

He has proposed closing nine state parks and partially closing others to save $4.5 million. The plan is among $2.7 billion in cuts sought by Corzine amid ...

Comment

Dr. Maya Angelou

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Maya Angelou, the Grammy-nominated author, actor, teacher and activist, enjoys a lifetime position as the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. She is only the second poet, after Robert Frost, to be invited to read poetry at a Presidential inauguration; Frost ...

Comment

Court: Whitman Not Liable for 9/11 Health Updates

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Former EPA chief Christine Todd Whitman cannot be held liable for telling residents near the World Trade Center site that the air was safe-to-breathe after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

A federal appeals court has dismissed a lawsuit by residents, students and workers in lower Manhattan and ...

Comment

City Hospitals Upgrade Neonatal Help for Preemies

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New York City's public hospitals are launching a $3 million effort to simulate high-tech wombs for premature babies. The changes will be put in all 11 of the neonatal centers by the end of 2009 and will include low lights and special sound monitors that ...

Comment

PBA Posts Competition's Salaries for Recruits

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

The Patrolman's Benevolent Association is stepping up its fight to get better salaries for its officers. The union will now post jobs from police departments in other cities that pay more. The move comes as the city and the union expect word from a state ...

Comment

Robert Frost

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Frost began writing poetry while still a schoolboy in New England, where he stayed for college and most of his life. He published his first poem, "Butterfly" in 1894 and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry four times. In the recordings below, ...

Comment

Group's Money Frozen During Council Probe

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Dozens of grants to non-profit groups all over the city are being held up, as the fallout from the City Council's phoney group scandal continues. We get more from WNYC's Bob Hennelly.

REPORTER: City Comptroller Bill Thompson has put the brakes on about a hundred grants ...

Comment

City Delays Paying out Council Grants to Non-Profits

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

In yet another wrinkle in the ongoing City Council budget scandal Comptroller Bill Thompson says it is necessary to delay paying out pending Council grants to non-profits pending further scrutiny.

WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this update.

Both Bloomberg Administration and the Comptroller's office will require the close ...

Comment

Critics Slam Port Authority Over WTC Blueprints

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Critics of the Port Authority say they believe the agency can not develop the World Trade Center site without tighter regulation by the City and the NYPD. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: The recent discovery of confidential blueprints in the trash prompted longtime critics of ...

Comment

Baruch "Baba" Israel

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Baruch “Baba” Israel has taken his Hip Hop performance across the USA, Europe, Japan, Brazil, New Zealand, S.E. Asia and Australia. He is an emcee, producer, poet, theater artist, and beatboxer. He co-founded the Playback NYC Theater Company, and recently debuted his new solo piece ...

Comment

Appeals Court Upholds Cell Phone Ban in Schools

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The city's ban on cell phones in public schools has been upheld by a state appeals court.

The Department of Education passed the ban in September 2005, saying the phones were disruptive.

Parents and students argued that the ban was irrational and unsafe and that it intruded ...

Comment

Carl Sandberg

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Illinois-born Carl Sandberg was one of eight children in a Swedish immigrant family living in Galesville. Carl worked as a jack-of-all-trades after graduating from eighth grade. He delivered milk, laid bricks and shined shoes before setting out to ride the rails as a hobo in ...

Comment

Tribeca Film Festival Opens Tomorrow

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The Tribeca Film Festival gets underway tomorrow. This year, its hosting 120 features selected from over two thousand submissions from 41 countries. Bilge Ebiri covers film for New York Magazine. He came by the studio to discuss this year's offerings.

See trailers and ...

Comment

Water Rate Hike Proposed

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The city's Water Board is proposing an $8-a-month increase in costs, the biggest spike in 16 years, to go into effect next month. But some city council members say it's not right to move that quickly.

REPORTER: Brooklyn Councilman Simcha Felder says he supports putting liens ...

Comment

Building Commissioner Resigns

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The city's buildings commissioner has resigned a day after Mayor Bloomberg criticized her agency's performance. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

Patricia Lancaster served Mayor Bloomberg loyally for six years during an unprecedented building boom. She reformed a department that had been significantly scaled back during the Giuliani ...

Comment

Satyagraha in Action

Monday, April 21, 2008

"Can an opera make us warriors for peace?" That’s a question you may have noticed on posters around town. It’s part of the advertising campaign for the Met’s current production of "Satyagraha," an opera by Philip Glass. Now if you’re unsure how to answer that ...

Comment

Pope Wraps Up Historic U.S. Visit

Monday, April 21, 2008

Pope Benedict concluded his first papal visit to the U.S. last night with a departure ceremony at Kennedy airport attended by about 3,000 people, including Vice President and Mrs. Cheney.

Earlier the Pope celebrate a nearly three-hour Mass at Yankee Stadium. And the Pope Benedict made ...

Comment

311 To Include Social Service Information

Monday, April 21, 2008

A new public service campaign says New Yorkers looking for social services can now just "3-1-1 it."

That's because the city's customer service line is being expanded to offer information on agencies and nonprofits that provide health and human services. Jennifer Jones Austin is with the ...

Comment

Restaurants Seek Injunction Against Calorie Posting Rule

Monday, April 21, 2008

A restaurant trade group is once again seeking a temporary injunction to stop the city's new calorie posting rule from going into effect.

The New York State Restaurant Association is seeking a stay from a federal appellate court. Last week, a lower court judge declined the ...

Comment

Gov Paterson Orders a Hiring Freeze

Monday, April 21, 2008

New York's Governor, David Paterson, has ordered a halt to all but essential hires.

In a sternly worded directive to state agencies, the governor says if his cost savings targets aren't met, he will impose a hard hiring freeze. He also says he's willing to withhold ...

Comment