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City to Close 18 Community Centers

Friday, November 07, 2008

The cash-strapped New York City Housing Authority plans to transfer its social service programs to four city agencies. The first phase is supposed to save NYCHA roughly $20 million. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez has more.

The move means 18 community centers will be closed within two months and 200 social service workers ...

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Triborough Renamed 'Robert F. Kennedy Bridge'

Friday, November 07, 2008

Robert F. Kennedy would have turned 83 years old this month. On November 19th, the Triborough Bridge will be officially renamed in honor of the New York Senator who was killed while running for president in 1968. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: The MTA, which owns the bridge, knows it won't ...

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City Scaling Back School Construction

Friday, November 07, 2008

City officials say they're scaling back on the construction of new school buildings.

The Department of Education released a new five year capital construction plan that calls for about 40 new schools with 25,000 classroom seats. That's far different from the previous five-year-plan in which the Bloomberg administration funded the construction ...

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Little Hiring and Lots of Firing in City's Financial Sector

Friday, November 07, 2008

All the bank failures, bank conversions, and bank mergers mean New York’s once thriving financial sector is shedding jobs - fast. Ten thousand this past year, and an estimated 30,000 more in the coming year. Recruiters say there’s a lot of talent on the street, but few hires are taking ...

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Renaming Triborough Will Be Uphill Battle

Friday, November 07, 2008

Officials know it will be an uphill battle, but they're still hoping they can get people to stop calling the Triborough Bridge the Triborough Bridge. It's being officially renamed the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge. Queens native John Garcia isn't ready for the name change.

GARCIA: When they changed the Jackie Robinson ...

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Grand Jury Hears Testimony in Police Sodomy Case

Friday, November 07, 2008

The Brooklyn tattoo artist who claims police sodomized him, testified before a grand jury yesterday. He emerged confident he would get justice. One of the officers allegedly involved has cost the city money in previous incidents. The City has paid tens-of-thousands of dollars to settle excessive force law suits involving ...

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"Taking Over" at the Public Theater

Friday, November 07, 2008

Danny Hoch is an actor and playwright who came to prominence in the late 90's with two, one-man shows that featured a wide array of what he calls "real New York characters” -- primarily people of color dealing with AIDS, racism and the prison system, among other topics. Now, he’s ...

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Only Modest Gain in NYC Turnout

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Despite the dancing in the streets and the long lines at the polls, New York City's turnout rate was somewhat underwhelming. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The city's board of elections hasn't given out final numbers. But it is reporting that 2.34 million New Yorkers pulled a lever or filled ...

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Elections and Economic Turmoil: A Look Back

Thursday, November 06, 2008

The current turmoil on Wall Street has been compared to the Great Depression, and some people have concluded that what's needed to fix it is a new New Deal.

In the 1932 race for the White House, in the throes of the Depression, Democratic Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt challenged Republican ...

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Whitney Museum Honors Photographer in Color

Thursday, November 06, 2008

In the mid-60s, American photographer Bill Eggleston introduced color photography to the art world. Up until that point, ad agencies used color photography, but art photography stuck to black and white.

Starting Friday, the Whitney Museum will present a career retrospective of Eggleston’s photographs. Co-curator Elisabeth Sussman says his vision and ...

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Mayor Offers Gloomy Forecast

Thursday, November 06, 2008

BLOOMBERG: New Yorkers must pull together. We're going to do that. Every city agency must push each dollar further. We're going to do that. Doing that involves making hard choices that won't be popular with everyone, or perhaps anyone.

HOST: From education and housing to police and parks, Mayor Bloomberg's latest ...

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A Conversation with Obama

Thursday, November 06, 2008

As part of WNYC’s election coverage, Bob Hennelly had an exclusive interview with Senator Obama between stops in New York City after his Cooper Union address on increased market transparency. It was late March and he asked the then-Democratic candidate for president about the end of Bear Stearns, investing in ...

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Mayor Asks NYC to Spread the Pain

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Layoffs and tax increases are just part of how Mayor Bloomberg plans to balance the budget this year. WNYC's Lisa Chow reports on some of the other ways he plans to save money.

REPORTER: The city will save a lot by simply not hiring people to fill vacated positions. That affects ...

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World Musicians Sing the Obama Tune

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Barack Obama wasn't just popular among the young; he was the favorite of musicians from around the world. WNYC's Rob Weisberg has this musical tribute.

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Fewer Minority Students in Gifted & Talented Programs

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Two City Council members are demanding changes in the city's new admissions policy for gifted and talented programs in its public schools, following news that the change did not bring more students in, or make the programs more ethnically and racially diverse.

Councilman Lew Fidler says seven city school districts had ...

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Lieberman's Future Still Uncertain

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Former Democrat-turned-independent Joe Lieberman, Senator of Connecticut, is not saying whether he'll continue to caucus with Democrats or whether he's still chair of the Senate's Homeland Security committee.

Lieberman had this to say after his meeting with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

REID: We must now unite to get our economy going ...

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Chasing That Good Old New-car Smell

Thursday, November 06, 2008

New Jersey auto dealers feel stranded as credit and consumer confidence both dry up.

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Obamanomics

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

What president-elect Obama can do to re-set America’s financial system.

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NYC Celebrates First Black President-Elect

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

All night long, New York City has been celebrating the election of Barack Obama, the first African-American to win the White House. The partying erupted last evening along 125th Street in Harlem with hundreds of people watching the returns on a big screen in front of the State Office Building.

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New Yorkers Dance in the Streets

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Brian Lehrer takes calls from listeners who report thousands dancing in the streets in Harlem, celebrations in the Bronx, drum-playing in Ft. Greene, taxi drivers honking in Hell’s Kitchen, crying in Queens, and flag-bearing skateboarders in Soho.

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