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Jazz Legend Awarded at NYC Council

Thursday, November 20, 2008

One of New York's living jazz legends, Bill Lee, who's also the father of filmmaker Spike Lee, received a lifetime achievement award from the City Council for his contributions to the cultural life of the nation. The noted bassist and prolific composer says he's still hard at work making new ...

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Paying More & Getting Less

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Some of the highlights: fare and toll hikes of 23 percent, reductions in off-peak bus, subway and commuter train service, the elimination of the W and Z lines and the phasing out of 2,700 jobs. Sander, was almost apologetic during the presentation but he says he had no choice.

SANDER: These ...

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James Kwak's Financial Wrap

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Stocks dropped through the floor today as Democrats chose to delay action on bailing out the auto industry. The Dow sunk even further below 8,000, down 445 point to 7552, a 5.5 percent drop. The Nasdaq also fell more than 5 percent down 70 points to 1316. The S & ...

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Downtown Dance Theatre Expands

Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Baryshnikov Arts Center is expanding into a 299 seat theater it purchased right next to the space it currently occupies in Hell’s Kitchen.

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Celebrating Obama Win

Thursday, November 20, 2008

MoveOn says its members raised $88 million towards Barack Obama's win.

Now it intends to maintain the momentum. MoveOn's executive director, Eli Pariser, says tonight's gatherings will help set the progressive agenda.

PARISER: The parties are going to be a launching pad for what we hope is going to be the biggest ...

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Influencers Change Their Tactics

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Marketing companies love New York City because of the high concentration of so-called “influencers”. But with the downturn in the economy, some marketers who target the young and hip are revising their business plans. WNYC’s Ilya Marritz brings us this report from the liquor promotions business.

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Brooklyn Hospital Told to Keep Serving Babies and Children

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Brooklyn hospital will continue delivering babies and caring for children. Long Island College Hospital provoked a community uproar by trying to shut down maternity, pediatric and other departments to cut costs. State health officials now say those facilities must remain open. WNYC’s Fred Mogul reports.

REPORTER: The state has broad ...

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MTA to Meet on Service Cuts

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

With a budget to balance by the end of the year, and a $1.2 billion deficit to fill, the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expected to announce steep service cuts when it meets tomorrow. Under consideration is the elimination of the Z and W lines, and shortening the ...

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Albany Lawmakers Fail to Strike Budget Balance

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

For more than a month, New York lawmakers in Albany were bracing themselves for a brutal, budget-cutting session. But the governor called it off when it became clear he'd get no cooperation from key lawmakers. Karen DeWitt has more from Albany.

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The Cost of Doing Business

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Everyday, construction workers pour concrete hundreds of feet in the air, cranes hover overhead and familiar views of the sky disappear. Since 2003, the city has been experiencing a historic building boom. Development hasn't been this high for 30 years.

But that prosperity has come at a high cost. So far ...

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The Triborough Bridge Renamed after RFK

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A day before what would have been his 83rd birthday, New York paid a huge tribute to the late senator, Robert F. Kennedy, in concrete and steel. The Triborough Bridge was renamed after the slain senator, in a ceremony at a Queens park at its base that drew Kennedy's wife, ...

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Study Confirms 4-5-6 Subway Lines Overcrowded

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's board prepares to unveil what are likely to be steep fare hikes and deep service cuts at its meeting tomorrow, a new report finds many subway riders find the 4, 5 and 6 too crowded to board. East Side councilman Daniel Garodnick says up to ...

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Mayor Takes on New Vice: Salt

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

First it was cigarettes. Then trans-fats. Now, Mayor Bloomberg is targeting salt shakers. Well, some of them. Speaking at a food policy conference at Columbia University today, the mayor says he and Health Commissioner Doctor Thomas Frieden are putting together a plan to reduce salt consumption and decrease hypertension and ...

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City Council and Bloomberg Clash on Rebate Checks

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Mayor Bloomberg says he "cuts the checks," and that's why he can withhold $400 rebate checks without the City Council's approval.

But he also suggests that he might be flexible on the issue as budget negotiations continue.

BLOOMBERG: We are far from having a balanced budget. We will by the time we ...

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Paterson Heads to Washington After Albany Failure

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gov. Paterson heads to Washington today, hoping for more success with Congress than he had yesterday with state lawmakers. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

REPORTER: Top on Gov. Paterson's beltway agenda will be shoring up the state's unemployment trust fund so it can handle the jump in jobless New Yorkers. In ...

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Part 2: The Cost of Doing Business

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Construction safety has become all the more important over the past five years, as housing production reached numbers never seen since the city began keeping records in the 1960s. Yet so far this year, 27 construction workers have died on the job. Yesterday, WNYC began telling the story of one ...

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Behind "The Cost of Doing Business"

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Twenty-seven construction workers have died on the job this year, and a slowing economy may not do a whole lot to solve this problem.

REPORTER: For the past nine months, WNYC reporters Cindy Rodriguez and Matthew Schuerman have been investigating the downside of the city’s building boom. Here's a look at ...

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Vaccine Slashes Diarrheal Illness in Children

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A relatively new vaccine appears to be succeeding at protecting children against a virus responsible for widespread and virulent childhood illness. WNYC’s Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: Few people have heard of rotavirus, but it's the source of dangerous diarrhea that lands more children under age five in hospitals than any ...

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Part 1: The Cost of Doing Business

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Every day, construction workers pour concrete 400 feet in the air, cranes hover overhead and familiar views of the sky disappear. Since 2003, the city has been experiencing a historic building boom. Development hasn’t been this high for 30 years.

But that prosperity has come at a high cost. So ...

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David Lynch Box Set

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

It's not cheap -- almost $180 -- but the set is an exhaustive assortment of material, including films like the classics Eraserhead and Blue Velvet, along with shorts, web videos, deleted scenes and even a so-called "mystery disc."

WNYC film critic Nathan Lee talked to the filmmaker about the intersection of ...

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