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Mayor Says City Employees Should Survive Wall Street Fall

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says there's no telling how far Wall Street might fall, but he thinks the city can weather the storm with a combination of spending cuts and, possibly, property tax increases.

BLOOMBERG: I don't think we will get to the point of layoffs. I don't think that the cuts that ...

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Met Opera Kicks Off New Season

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Metropolitan Opera kicked off its 125th season in style last night. The opera diva Renee Fleming performed scenes from Verdi, Massenet and Strauss. She wore costumes designed by Christian Lacroix, and Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel.

The Met broadcast the performance on screens in Times Square and Fordham University’s Lincoln Center ...

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New York Doctor Wins Genius Grant

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

A local doctor who studies ways to slow and reverse the spread of infectious diseases, such as AIDS and tuberculosis, has received a genius grant from the John D and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation — one of 25 recipients of the prestigious award this year. Dr. Wafaa El-Sadr works in ...

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The Museum of Arts and Design Opens in Columbus Circle

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Museum of Art and Design opens this Saturday. Its gone through several transformations in its over 50 year history: new names, new buildings and even a little controversy. Now it's set up in a newly refurbished building at 2 Columbus Circle. Lee Rosenbaum is an art critic who got ...

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City Settles Final Gun Lawsuit

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The last hold out of 27 gun dealers the Bloomberg Administration sued has settled.

The agreement mirrors settlements with other out-of-state gun dealers from Georgia, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Ohio.

Under the settlement terms gun dealers will go beyond enforcing existing law and adopt so-called 'Industry Best" practices. Those include videotaping all ...

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Gypsy Music Festival Hits New York

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

DJs spinning souped-up versions of old European folk songs have been drawing crowds in Europe and in the US for the past several years. A notoriously rowdy downtown club called Mehanata was the original focal point in New York. Now, the scene has spread to other places. This week, a ...

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Modest Drop in NYC Homeless Population

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Bloomberg administration is still struggling to reduce the number of poor families who need shelter. After four years of trying to reform the system and bring down the numbers, there's only been a 2 percent drop. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: A progress report issued by the Department of Homeless ...

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Corzine Responds to Financial Crisis

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine and state legislative leaders are not waiting for Washington to come up with a state response to the global financial crisis. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: New Jersey's economy is not quite as dependent on Wall Street's performance as are New York City and State, ...

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Charitable Foundation Takes a Hit

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Charities have been hit hard by the latest stock market swings. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports on a foundation that was heavily invested in AIG, the insurance company that is being bailed out with an $85 billion federal loan.

REPORTER: Established by AIG Founder Cornelius Vander Starr, the Starr Foundation once ranked ...

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Investors' Eyes on Capital Hill Bailout Hearing

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The financial markets resumed their pullback today as investors worry that lawmakers are losing a sense of urgency on a bailout plan for financial institutions. The Dow closed down nearly 1 1/2 percent and the Nasdaq was also down more than 1 percent.

Investors watched as Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and ...

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The Museum of Arts and Design Opens in Columbus Circle

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Museum of Arts and Design opens this Saturday. It has gone through several transformations in its over 50 year history: new names, new buildings and even a little controversy. Now it's set up in a newly refurbished building at 2 Columbus Circle. Lee Rosenbaum is an art critic who ...

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An Intimate Look at Ramadan

Monday, September 22, 2008

Muslims are midway through the holy month of Ramadan, with its obligation to fast every day from sunrise to sunset. This year Ramadan falls in a busy season, with kids going back to school and not much room for time off. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter spent a recent Ramadan evening in ...

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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 when Yankee stadium opened. An ...

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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 well. WNYC’s Marianne McCune reports.

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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 overhaul idea. WNYC's Dan Blumberg ...

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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 on it as soon as ...

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City's Poor Lack Proper Medical Attention

Monday, September 22, 2008

In certain city neighborhoods, one in three residents has a hard time finding a primary care doctor, one in five has difficulty locating a pediatrician and one in two has trouble getting a dentist.

City officials announced the findings as part of their ongoing effort to improve primary care in the ...

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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 50th Streets between Lexington and ...

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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 such issues as campaign finance ...

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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.

REPORTER: Health Department exterminations were up ...

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