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Reinventing Grand Army Plaza

Monday, September 22, 2008

Cars didn't exist when Grand Army Plaza was designed 141 years ago. Now they've overrun it and the city is working on ways to bring some balance back at the entrance to Prospect Park. Now the public has a chance to vote for its favorite ...

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No More Free MTA Tolls

Monday, September 22, 2008

At a time when it's facing a billion dollar deficit, The MTA says it needs to begin charging government cars and trucks that drive over bridges and through tunnels. A committee approved the move today in a 3-2 vote. The full MTA board could vote ...

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Leaders and Protesters Alike Converge on UN Summit

Monday, September 22, 2008

Debate begins this week among world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly. And many arguments will overflow into the streets of New York. Foreign dignitaries will address audiences across the city, and New Yorkers will come out to make their own voices heard as ...

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UN General Assembly Ties Up Traffic

Monday, September 22, 2008

The United Nations' General Assembly is causing traffic headaches along Manhattan's East Side.

Many streets near the UN, and the Midtown hotels where diplomats and heads of state are staying, are closed, included 44th, 45th and 46th Streets from First to Second Avenues, and 49th and ...

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One Last Ride Down Memory Lane

Monday, September 22, 2008

Last night, for one trip and one trip only to Yankee Stadium, New York City Transit gave some lucky fans a chance to ride on fully restored 1920s subway cars - replete with ceiling fans and woven seats just like the ones running way back ...

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McCain Gets Endorsement from Independence Party

Sunday, September 21, 2008

New York's Independence Party has endorsed Republican John McCain, in its first major-party pick for president. Chairman Frank MacKay announced the endorsement Saturday. He says the party -- the state's third-largest -- sees the Republican senator as an independent thinker because of his work on ...

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Bloomberg Says City Will Not Return to the '70s

Sunday, September 21, 2008

This week's meltdown on Wall Street will not lead to a re-run of New York's 1970s budget crisis, according to Mayor Bloomberg.

REPORTER: Appearing on NBC's "Meet the Press" today, the mayor said the city's mistake back then was to stop policing the streets and supporting ...

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Millennium Development Goals Top Agenda for UN General Assembly

Sunday, September 21, 2008

World leaders are filling up the city's hotel rooms for this week's opening of the United Nations General Assembly. Topping the agenda are the Millennium Development Goals. WNYC's Marianne McCune has more.

REPORTER: There are 8 Millennium Development Goals: just little things, like eradicating poverty and ...

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City Making Progress in the Fight Against Rats

Sunday, September 21, 2008

City officials say they're doing a better job exterminating rats. In pilot program that began in the Bronx last year, exterminators go from building to building to find the rodents, instead of concentrating on water catchment areas. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports on how it’s going.

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City Tries to Persuade Crown Heights Residents on Homeless Center

Saturday, September 20, 2008

City officials continue to try to sweeten the deal for Crown Heights residents who don't want a homeless intake center in their community.

REPORTER: The city wants to turn the Bedford-Atlantic Armory from a men's shelter into a central processing spot for homeless men. During an ...

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Lawmakers Working on Wall Street Bailout Plan

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Local lawmakers are part of talks this weekend to hash out a bailout for some of Wall Street's biggest firms.

REPORTER: The Bush Administration wants Congress to approve a plan for the federal government to take over a half-trillion dollars or more in worthless mortgages and ...

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MTA Raises Ventilation Grates to Prevent Subway Flooding

Saturday, September 20, 2008

The MTA has unveiled one of the measures it's taking to avoid a repeat of the widespread flooding of the subway system in August, 2007: raised sidewalk ventilation grates.

REPORTER: The grate's two-foot-high stainless steel walls would prevent rainwater from flowing into subway tunnels. MTA Chief ...

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Bloomberg Not Sure Wall Street Bailout Will Work

Saturday, September 20, 2008

As the federal government prepares to absorb billions of dollars in bad debt, New York City's billionaire Mayor says he's not sure if the bailout plan will work. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg says the jury is out on the prudence of the ...

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Bloomberg Expresses Doubts about Bailout

Friday, September 19, 2008

As the federal government prepares to absorb billions of dollars in bad debt, New York City's billionaire Mayor says he's not sure if the bailout plan will work.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg says the jury is out on the prudence of the government absorbing a half-trillion dollars ...

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New York Poles Returning to Poland

Friday, September 19, 2008

The troubling economic times here are making some immigrants think about going home. Nineteen years after the collapse of communism and four years after joining the European Union, Poland is booming and young Poles in the United States want to profit from these changes. They're ...

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Babar Exhibition Opens at Morgan Library

Friday, September 19, 2008

Babar is one of the most well-known children's storybook characters of all time. And now, the Morgan Library has opened a major exhibition that explores the history of the orphan elephant who went on to become a king of the jungle.

REPORTER: Babar was created by ...

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Flu Shots Not So Popular

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Bloomberg Administration says fewer seniors are choosing to get flu shots, even though local, state and federal officials keep encouraging them to do so. WNYC's Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: Flu can be potentially fatal among the very young, very old and chronically ill. Five ...

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Rep. Maloney Calls for Bank Regulation

Friday, September 19, 2008

New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney says there's a serious need for regulation of the financial system.

MALONEY: We need to look at how we got here. We need to look at legislative reform but there is an emphasis placed on the need to act, on the ...

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Buildings Department Holds Job Fair

Friday, September 19, 2008

The Buildings Department is trying to fill about 90 vacant positions, many of them new jobs added by Mayor Bloomberg to improve construction safety.

REPORTER: A couple dozen architects and engineers showed up at the department's offices on Lower Broadway Thursday to attend a job fair. ...

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Lights Out at the House That Ruth Built

Friday, September 19, 2008

Yankee Stadium ends its 85-year iconic baseball legacy Sunday evening. In its wake, New York Yankees fans are in a frenzy to get a literal piece of the stadium known as the House that Ruth built. WNYC's Elaine Rivera spent the week talking to fans ...

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