Streams

City Sets Formal Film Permit Rules

Monday, July 14, 2008

After years of relying on vague guidelines, filmmakers and photographers who shoot on New York City streets now have a clear set of rules.

Under the new rules, productions must have permits and at least $1 million in insurance if they plan to take over a ...

Comment

West Side Development May Stall Over Security

Monday, July 14, 2008

A key part of the redevelopment of Manhattan's Far West Side has hit a road block. A private developer may not be able to build an apartment complex because of security requirements imposed by the Port Authority. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: An 800-unit apartment ...

Comment

Officials Vow Better WTC Site Info

Friday, July 11, 2008

The World Trade Center Memorial and Museum will not be ready by the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Instead a makeshift memorial will be in place. That's some of what Port Authority officials told Lower Manhattan residents at a community meeting last night. WNYC's ...

Comment

No Charges in Killing for Road Rage Cop

Friday, July 11, 2008

A city police officer who last October shot and killed a fellow motorist will not face charges even though the officer did not report the incident for 19 hours. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

The grand jury took "no affirmative action" in the case of 35-year-old ...

Comment

Baseball Exhibit Opens in Time for All-Star Game

Friday, July 11, 2008

Major League Baseball's All-Star Game is next Tuesday, and today, the New York Public Library opens a new exhibit devoted to classic, musical baseball memorabilia.

It includes the earliest recording of the baseball anthem -- "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" -- which was written ...

Comment

James Brown Memorabilia up for Auction

Friday, July 11, 2008

An auction of more than 1,000 personal items owned by "the hardest working man in show business" - aka James Brown — is set to hit the auction block at Christie's next week.

Everything from handwritten lyrics, awards, home furnishings and musical instruments will be available ...

Comment

Tough Times for Lehman Bros.

Friday, July 11, 2008

On Wall street, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell below 11,000 for the first time in two years, before recovering slightly. WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports on one investment bank trying to weather the storm, Lehman Brothers.

The share price of the Midtown-based firm briefly hit a ...

Comment

Rangel Deal Irks Harlem Residents

Friday, July 11, 2008

The disclosure that Congressman Charles Rangel has four rent-controlled apartments hit a sensitive nerve among New Yorkers. In Harlem, residents were divided about Rangel's living accommodations.

At a press conference outside of Rangel's Harlem apartment complex, fellow resident Lance Smith challenged the congressman saying he failed ...

Comment

No Charges for Cop Who Shot Unarmed Motorist

Friday, July 11, 2008

An off-duty New York police officer who shot a driver to death in a road rage confrontation will not face criminal charges.

A grand jury voted not to file charges against Officer Sean Sawyer in the shooting death of Jason Tirado after hearing testimony from police, ...

Comment

Cement Strike Ends

Friday, July 11, 2008

A 10-day strike by cement truck drivers who work at some of the city's biggest construction sites has been settled.

A spokeswoman for Teamsters Local 282 says drivers would be back to work immediately.

The 400 drivers went on strike on July 1st. The strike has stalled ...

Comment

Rangel: Nothing Wrong with Rent Breaks

Friday, July 11, 2008

Congressman Charles Rangel says there's nothing wrong with paying about half the market rate for four rent-stabilized apartments at a prestigious Harlem address.

RANGEL: I don't see anything unfair about it and I didn't even know it was a deal.

Rangel, speaking at a news conference outside ...

Comment

GOP Struggles in Staten Island Congressional Race

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Staten Island may be the last bastion of the Republican party within the five boroughs, but that just could change this year. The seat occupied by Congressman Vito Fossella will be up for grabs come November, and Democrats are well positioned to take it back ...

Comment

City Explores Bike Share Program

Thursday, July 10, 2008

The city's plan to begin a bike sharing program is being met with enthusiasm by biking advocates.

The Department of Transportation has put out a request for expressions of interest for companies who can help initiate a program like one in Paris which has 20,000 public ...

Comment

Ferrer Joins Willets Point Fight, For a Fee

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Former mayoral candidate Freddy Ferrer will join opponents of the Willets Point redevelopment plan at a public hearing in Queens this morning.

But his involvement comes with a catch: he will be getting paid for it. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

In the battle over these 60 ...

Comment

Obama, Clinton Raise Cash in City

Thursday, July 10, 2008

More than 2,000 Barack Obama campaign contributors jammed a ballroom at a Manhattan Hilton Hotel to hear their candidate, and his former rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton. They gave Clinton a standing ovation. The New York senator urged Democrats to unite behind Obama if they want ...

Comment

Clinton and Obama Speak Before Mostly Female Audience

Thursday, July 10, 2008

This morning in Midtown Manhattan more than 2,000 mostly female Democratic supporters gave Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama a rousing welcome. WNYC's Bob Hennelly was there.

REPORTER: Clinton urged the hometown audience to pull out all the stops in their effort to put Obama in ...

Comment

TKTS booth opens in Brooklyn

Thursday, July 10, 2008

New Yorkers no longer need to head into Manhattan to get cheap, day-of tickets to Broadway and Off-Broadway shows. A new TKTS booth opened today at MetroTech in Downtown Brooklyn.

HONG: I’m going to get tickets to Hairspary, hopefully. And now I can come to downtown ...

Comment

Advocates Push for Law to Decriminalize Sex Trade for Teens

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Advocates hoping to decriminalize teen sex crimes are urging Gov. David Paterson to sign a bill that would offer young people assistance in getting out of the sex trade, instead of jail time.

The "Safe Harbor for Exploited Children Act" would not hold children under age ...

Comment

Free Concerts Call Attention to Parks in Need

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Johnny Pacheco performs in the Bronx tonight at Crotona Park as part of the free concert programs offered by the City Parks Foundation.

REPORTER: The foundation's director, David Rival, says the 110-year-old Crotona Park is a well kept secret in the Bronx that has come a ...

Comment

Number of NYC Foster Children Living in Congregate Care Declining

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The city's been trying to place fewer foster kids in institutions, and their efforts appear to be working.

A report by the Center for New York City Affairs shows the number of kids sent to residential treatment centers and group homes went down from about 3,900 ...

Comment