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Dogs in Art

Monday, March 23, 2009

The walls of Doyle Auctioneers’ showroom were crowded with pointers and pugs, hounds and hares, 19th century sporting prints and 20th century canine portraits, while the showroom floor was equally crowded with dogs of all shapes and sizes and their human escorts sporting dual purpose name tags (person/dog).

The occasion was the 11th annual Dogs in Art Brunch, a preview of the Doyle sale that will take place this coming Tuesday. Both the brunch and a portion of the sale revenues benefit Angels on a Leash, the Westminster Kennel Club’s canine therapy program. Volunteers from the program visit patients at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, and many were on hand on Sunday.

Angels on a Leash board member Richard Dienst says his black lab was on of the first volunteers for the organization.
Richard Dienst and Fawna. (Mary Bloom)

Richard Dienst and Fawna. (Mary Bloom)

Unlike the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which has rigorous aesthetic standards for participants in its annual show, any dog with the right temperament can be a therapy dog. Gay Cropper’s one-eyed Brussels Griffon, Mr. Gryffed Babian, has a thriving career.

One-eyed Brussels Griffon, Mr. Gryffed Babian (Mary Bloom)

One-eyed Brussels Griffon, Mr. Gryffed Babian (Mary Bloom)

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AA Apologizes for “Unexpected Stop” (a.k.a. Emergency Landing)

Monday, March 23, 2009

(Getty)

(Getty)

What’s the best way to apologize to customers when instead of flying them to Chicago, they must brace for impact and pray to survive an emergency landing? Well, if you’re American Airlines, you “take the opportunity to apologize” for “disrupting [their] travel plans” and provide an e-voucher for $250. Below, we have the letter sent to passengers on board the March 11th flight that was supposed to be a simple flight from LaGuardia to Chicago, but – thanks to an engine malfunction – ended with an emergency landing at Kennedy Airport with fire trucks and ambulances at the ready. No one was hurt, though many were “inconvenienced.”

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Report: NYS Clinics Chronically in the Red

Monday, March 23, 2009

New York State’s ailing hospitals have garnered headlines as workers and management wage a very public campaign against Governor Paterson’s proposed budget cuts. A new study suggests the financial health of smaller clinics is also precarious. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: The governor has pledged ...

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State Government Debate $120-Billion Budget

Monday, March 23, 2009

Governor Paterson says he and other government leaders continue to struggle over his proposed $120-billion budget. Along with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Majority Leader Malcolm Smith, Paterson said crucial issues like health care cuts, property tax rebates and how to apply stimulus money ...

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MTA Committee Approves Fare Hikes

Monday, March 23, 2009

A finance committee of the MTA voted this afternoon for steep fare hikes to plug a huge budget deficit, as lawmakers struggled to reach a compromise on a bailout plan.

The fare hikes, and service cuts, now go to the full MTA board for approval on ...

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350 Claims Since Tenant Harassment Law

Monday, March 23, 2009

It has been about a year since the passage of a law giving tenants the right to sue landlords for harassment. Building owners fought to repeal it because of concerns the courts would be overwhelmed with frivolous lawsuits. As of mid-February 350 claims have been ...

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Gallery Makeovers: Sun K. Kwak and Bedroom Gallerists

Monday, March 23, 2009

Art galleries big and small are getting makeovers by New York artists.

For the past month, Korean-born artist Sun K. Kwak has been covering the walls of a fifth floor gallery at the Brooklyn Museum with almost three miles of thick black masking tape

She's cut undulating ...

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Library Issues Apology for Preventing Breastfeeding

Monday, March 23, 2009

The Brooklyn Public library has apologized in writing to a woman who was harassed while attempting to breastfeed her daughter. Danielle Glanvill contacted the New York Civil Liberties Union about two incidents at the library's Flatlands Branch. In each case, a security guard is accused ...

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Unemployment Insurance for the Self-Employed?

Monday, March 23, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg endorses the idea. Guest: Sara Horowitz, Freelancers Union.

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Barring State Intervention, MTA Set to Raise Fares

Monday, March 23, 2009

An MTA committee this morning is ready to hike the base subway fare up to $2.5, and the monthly MetroCard to $103. WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman reports that board members are still hoping the state legislature will intervene before the new fares becomes final.

REPORTER: Governor Paterson ...

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Koppell Outraged by Mental Health Program Cuts

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Proposed budget cuts to New York City's public hospital system will hit mental health programs the hardest, according to city councilman Oliver Koppell.

REPORTER: The Bronx Democrat, who chairs the committee on mental health, says such programs are not easily replaced once they're eliminated.

KOPPELL: If you ...

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Bloomberg Says Obama Needs to Show Leadership on Spending

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says the nation needs to invest in its infrastructure to get the economy going again.

REPORTER: Appearing on NBC's Meet the Press Sunday, the mayor said President Obama needs to stop worrying about whether the spending is unpopular and show leadership by explaining to ...

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It's a Good Time to Hunt for Office Space in Manhattan

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Office space vacancy rates are rising in Manhattan, and landlords are offering free months of rent to entice companies to sign leases. In many cases, companies that already have office space are desperate to sublet their space. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports.

REPORTER: Say a company is ...

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Bloomberg's Re-election Campaign Gets First Official Endorsement

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Michael Bloomberg's quest to win his third term as Mayor officially launched yesterday. His first campaign stop was at the Christian Cultural Center in Brooklyn. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was there.

REVEREND:and give a warm CCC welcome to our Mayor Michael Bloomberg

REPORTER: The Christian Cultural Center is ...

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Northeast Cap-and-Trade Auction Called a Success

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Now that the Northeast Greenhouse Gas Initiative has held its third-ever auction, officials are calling the young cap-and-trade system a success. WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports.

REPORTER: The price of a single pollution credit ticked up 13 cents at auction on Wednesday. It now costs power producers ...

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Paterson Rethinking Plan to Charge Taxpayers who File on Paper

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Governor Paterson says his administration is rethinking a plan that would charge taxpayers $10 for filing income tax returns on paper instead of e-filing.

REPORTER: Critics say the policy would punish lower income New Yorkers who may not have computers. The governor says his office is ...

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Manhattan Office Space Vacancy Rates on the Rise

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Office rents in Manhattan have fallen about 15 percent this past year, according to the brokerage firm CB Richard Ellis.

REPORTER: That's in part because financially-strapped companies, locked into long term leases, are increasingly subleasing their office space. Richard Brown is partner at the law firm ...

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DOI Says Cuts Will Leave City Vulnerable to Corruption

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The Commissioner for the City's Department of Investigation is warning that planned budget cuts to the watchdog agency leave the city vulnerable to fraud and corruption. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn told the City Council that the latest cuts would hamper ...

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State Assembly Holds Final Hearing on Mayoral Control of Schools

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Hundreds of parents and community leaders turned out for the last state Assembly hearing about mayoral control over city schools. The law that gives Mayor Bloomberg control is up for renewal in June. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Patricia Connelly, of a group called the ...

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Port Traffic Down in 2008

Saturday, March 21, 2009

The number of container ships calling at the Port of New York and New Jersey declined slightly in 2008. WNYC's Ilya Marritz reports the stalled economy is affecting the region's trade with the rest of the world.

REPORTER: The indicators are mixed in the 2008 cargo ...

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