Arun Venugopal

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On Snow Response, Mayor de Blasio Earns High Praise

Friday, January 03, 2014

It was his first week on the job and his first big test. How well did New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio handle the snow storm? Overall, the reviews are fairly positive. 

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How Far Will the Indian Diplomatic Face-Off Go?

Friday, December 20, 2013

India's response to the arrest of one of its New York consular officials has been so overheated — and so willfully oblivious to a pattern of labor issues — it makes one wonder how far this international face-off will go. 

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Which Neighborhood Has the Most Immigrants? It's Not Chinatown.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The city's foreign-born population has crossed the 3 million mark, a figure without precedent in municipal history and indicative of a decades-long metamorphosis of New York's character. 

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MICROPOLIS: Are Ethnic Enclaves Bad for Immigrants?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Ethnic enclaves are among the jewels of New York — places where the city's immigrants can ease their way into American life. But there's a serious downside: they stifle English profic...
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Bill Bratton—the First Time He Was NYPD Commissioner

Friday, December 06, 2013

Bill Bratton was just appointed police commissioner of New York -- again. The last time around, the mayor was Rudy Giuliani and there were nearly 2,000 murders a year. Looking back on...


Bloomberg Says His Budget is Both Balanced and 'Historic'

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg announced that the city had balanced its budget, in what he claimed was "the first time in modern memory" that an incoming mayor wouldn't have to close a deficit. 


Residents Say High-Rise Has No Place Near Brooklyn Bridge

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Residents of the South Street Seaport area voiced strong opposition Tuesday evening to a proposed redevelopment plan that would result in a high-rise in the neighborhood.


Cuomo Pushes More Homeowners to Leave Flood Zones

Monday, November 18, 2013

Governor Cuomo expanded a program to de-populate the state's most vulnerable flood zones by offering buyouts to 129 homeowners in Staten Island. 

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New York Nurses Deploy for the Philippines

Sunday, November 17, 2013

150 of New York's nurses are heading to the Philippines to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan - many of them Filipino-Americans.

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Filipino New Yorkers Organize Haiyan Relief

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Filipino New Yorkers gathered Wednesday in Woodside, Queens in solidarity with the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.


Sentenced to Death in Bangladesh, a War Criminal Remains Free in New York

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

This week, a war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh sentenced two men to death for the killings of 18 people during the country's war of independence from Pakistan, in 1971.

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In Politics, Muslims Say It's Finally Their Moment

Thursday, October 24, 2013

After spending years in the political wilderness, being cast as outsiders -- even un-American -- Muslim New Yorkers are in an unfamiliar position: they're set to have power.

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MICROPOLIS: The Pope Francis Effect

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Even in New York, where issues of faith usually reside on the margins of public life, the Pope has people talking. And although much of what he says is viewed through the reductive lens of politics — Is he liberal? Is he conservative? — for many Catholics his words have a deeply personal, emotional impact. 

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Miss America's Haters Meet Their Match

Monday, September 16, 2013

New Yorker Nina Davuluri won the pageant, becoming the first person of Indian descent to claim the title. But it was the racist backlash to her win that made this episode significant ...

Not Quite Post-Racial, New York Politics Is Still Tribal

Friday, September 13, 2013


In the Democratic primary race for mayor, Bill De Blasio won over more black voters than the black candidate, Bill Thompson, and more gay and lesbian voters than Christine Quinn, who is a lesbian. Are these signs of a post-racial, post-identity New York?

Hardly, says Ali Najmi, who argues that "local politics in New York City is more tribal than Kansas."

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MICROPOLIS: Sikh Men & the Meaning of Turbans

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In this latest episode of Micropolis, we examine the age-old persecution of Sikhs, from India to post-9/11 America. Why do Sikhs such as actor Waris Ahluwalia (Inside Man, The Darjeeling Limited) identify with the racial history of African Americans?

And why, despite persecution and name-calling, do Sikh men continue to wear turbans?

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The Lure of Gang Life, and the Escape Route

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The NYPD says gang activity may have been the cause of a 1-year-old baby's shooting death in Brownsville, Brooklyn over the weekend. It's the precinct with one of the highest crime rates in the city. For some area residents, it's a constant challenge to prevent their children from being drawn into gang life.


MICROPOLIS: Revisiting the 1963 March on Washington

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

The March on Washington  — 50 years ago today — brought a quarter million demonstrators to the nation's capital, but it was planned and coordinated right here, in New York. It was an enormous logistical operation, years before cell phones and email, and it all happened uptown, in an office on 130th Street in Harlem.

The New York contingent was so big, that the MTA ran extra subway trains after midnight. Hundreds of buses set out for Washington, from across the city. Black firefighters made the trip, having been trained by Rustin in non-violent crowd control. So did local cops -- Horowitz said for the first time they were allowed to travel without their guns, because Mayor Robert Wagner lifted a city ordinance just for the occasion. Mildred Roxboro, an NAACP activist in her 80s who grew up under segregation in Tennessee, says the amount of effort that went into the event corresponded to the mounting tension within the civil rights community.
MILDRED ROXBORO: The feeling was that we have been pushed to a precipice here, and we have got to do something to get the conscience of this nation involved, so it can be understood that this cannot continue. 


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The Shift In Black Views Of The War On Drugs

Friday, August 16, 2013

This week, Attorney General Eric Holder called for sweeping changes to America's 40-year war on drugs. Holder is the first African-American in the nation's top law enforcement post. He's also part of a growing movement of black leaders who have pushed for major reforms to the drug war.

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Black Leaders Once Championed the Strict Drug Laws They Now Seek to Dismantle

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Some historians challenge the idea that white conservatives were solely to blame for the laws that sent countless black men to prison.

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