Arun Venugopal

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Bloomberg Launches Pilot Program for New Crossing Signs

Friday, November 03, 2006

The city unveiled its first Walk/Don't walk signs with countdown timers. That means people will know exactly how much time they have to cross the street legally whether they'll obey is another matter. WNYC's Arun Venugopal reports.

REPORTER: The effort can hardly be called ambitious. New York now has 5 countdown ...


Hevesi Holds His Ground in Comptroller Debate

Thursday, October 26, 2006

State Comptroller Alan Hevesi didn't give an inch in last night's debate with his Republican challenger. WNYC’s Arun Venugopal has more on Hevesi's fight to stay ahead of a growing scandal.

Hevesi has become a liability for the leading Democrats on the statewide ballot and was fighting to redeem himself. His ...


Hevesi Meets Challenger Callaghan in Live Debate

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The two candidates for state comptroller participate in a live debate tonight - their first. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

Democratic state comptroller Alan Hevesi was considered a shoo-in in his re-election bid, and had resisted calls for a debate with his lesser-known opponent, Republican Christopher Callaghan.

But in the last week, ...


Brooklyn Navy Yard Poised for Expansion

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

The Brooklyn Navy Yard was once written off as a casualty of waterfront development and manufacturing job loss. But now the site is poised for its biggest expansion since World War Two.

Over the next three years seven buildings will go up at the Navy Yard, adding over 400 thousand square ...


City Plans Crack Down on Pirated Movies

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

The city says it's going to crack down on the pirated movies sold on street corners and in subways. One industry estimate says, they cost Hollywood as much as $6 billion a year.

New York is a hub of the global trade in pirated DVDs, according to the Motion Picture Association ...


What Does Stuy Town Sale Mean to Tenants?

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Sold for $5.4 billion. That’s how much Met Life is being offered for Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village from Tishman Speyer and Black Rock Realty. The deal is believed to be one of the largest in American real estate history. WNYC’s Arun Venugopal has more on what this means ...


City Supports Local Manufacturers

Monday, October 09, 2006

City officials pledged to spend 4 million dollars to help open an industrial building in Williamsburg. The deal is part of a campaign to keep manufacturers from leaving the city. WNYC's Arun Venugopal spent time with one small businessman who has benefited from the program.

Milo Mottola is getting ready for ...


City Spends Millions on Manufacturing Center in Williamsburg

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The city is spending $4 million on an industrial building in Williamsburg. The 72,000 square foot building will house small and mid-sized manufacturers.

The announcement is part of a city campaign to revive the manufacturing sector by offering low rents. Carl Hum of the Mayor's Office of Industrial and Manufacturing Businesses, ...


Opening Bids in Stuy Town/Peter Cooper Sale

Thursday, October 05, 2006

The future owner of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village may emerge from opening bids submitted to Met Life tomorrow.

REPORTER: Over a dozen groups are expected to bid on the 80-acre complex, including the tenants association, which wants to prevent the property from eventually becoming luxury condos. According to Councilman ...


City Council Holds Nightlife Summit

Thursday, September 28, 2006

The City Council is holding a Nightlife Summit even as it proposes legislation to regulate nightclubs. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: Today's closed-door Summit brings together politicians, law enforcement officials and members of the nightlife industry, and while everyone says they're in this together, it's clear there are major differences. ...


City Proposes Largest Armory for Bronx

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The city is calling for proposals to develop what may be the world's largest armory, in the Bronx.

The Kingsbridge Armory was built in 1917, and contains nearly 600 thousand square feet of space. Right now, it's being used as an annex building by the National Guard, which is moving out. ...


Report Accuses State Facilities of Abusing Young Women

Monday, September 25, 2006

Young women incarcerated in two state facilities are frequently subjected to abuse and sexual misconduct. That’s according to a report being released today by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union. WNYC’s Arun Venugopal has more.

The report charges the state’s Office of Children and Family Services with being ...


Kalikow Opposed to Fare Increases

Thursday, September 21, 2006

The MTA's chairman, Peter Kalikow, says he is opposed to any fare increases or service reductions in the next year. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more on how the transit authority pre-empted a possible PR fiasco.

The chairman's statement came within hours of an article in today's New York Times, reporting that ...


Community Group Protests New Jail in Hunts Point

Monday, September 18, 2006

Bronx community groups are protesting the city's plans to build a new, $375 million jail in Hunts Point.

The jail would hold 2000 beds, and is part of a long-term effort by the Department of Corrections to reduce capacity at Rikers Island by building jails in boroughs. The department says it ...


Advocates Say City Undercounts Homeless Kids

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Homeless advocates say that 20,000 school-age children in the city are homeless. A new report from the group Advocates for Children of New York say the Department of Education undercounts this population, and that city policies contribute to high absenteeism and dropout rates.

REPORTER: The report draws upon city data, and ...


Tribute Center Opens Across from World Trade Center Site

Thursday, September 07, 2006

9/11 family members and politicians gathered for the opening of the WTC Tribute Center. It's located across from the World Trade Center site and commemorates the events of 9/11 through exhibits and artifacts.

The opening drew the regular dignitaries - the mayor, the governor, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver - as well ...


Staten Island Man Arrested in Federal Terror Probe

Friday, August 25, 2006

A Staten Island-based satellite dish operator and native of Pakistan has been charged with illegally broadcasting Hizbollah's satellite TV channel.

The federal government says 42-year-old Javed Iqbal was providing customers access to al Manar, a channel run by the terrorist group that was itself designated a terrorist entity this spring. They ...


Queens Residents Vent at Blackout Hearing

Friday, August 04, 2006

About 75 Residents of Queens gathered at PS 234 in Astoria, to vent their feelings about Con-Ed and its handling of the recent blackout. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The hearings were organized by the state's Public Service Commission, which itself took criticism for not publicizing the event. But those who ...


Mayor's Plea: Turn Down the AC!

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

The oven that is New York City roasted its residents at a slightly higher temperature today, the second day of a heat wave that's not expected to break until Friday. A new record of 101 degrees was reached at Laguardia Airport this afternoon. Newark saw a second, 100 degree day.

Mayor ...


Nets Arena High-Rise Opponents Rally at Grand Army Plaza

Monday, July 17, 2006

More than a thousand people gathered at Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza to rally against the proposed Nets arena high-rise project.

The rally drew Council Member Letitia James, as well as celebrities like Rosie Perez and Steve Buscemi, but for the most part the event was a down-home affair. The message being ...