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Jim O'Grady

Jim O'Grady is the transportation reporter for WNYC. He has also told stories on This American Life, Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen and The Moth podcast. He’s been a reporter for The New York Times; professor of journalism at NYU; and director of research for the Center for an Urban Future, a policy think tank. He’s also the author of two biographies: Dorothy Day: With Love For The Poor, and Disarmed & Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan.

Jim lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  

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Jim O'Grady appears in the following:

Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge By Remembering a Different, Better SI

Friday, November 21, 2014

WNYC
The bridge triggered a doubling of the borough's population in only 50 years, prompting laments for the loss of a quieter way of life.
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If NYC Fixed This Intersection, Why Do People Keep Dying There?

Thursday, November 06, 2014

WNYC
A WNYC analysis shows that the most common location for NYC pedestrians to die is in a crosswalk with the light.
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She Dreams of Margaritas: Whatever It Takes To Run 26.2 Miles

Sunday, November 02, 2014

WNYC
The 44th running of the New York City Marathon had the largest field in its history. And its spectators were as boisterous, heartfelt and witty as ever.

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At a Corner With New Safety Measures, Another Death-By-Bus

Thursday, October 30, 2014

WNYC
After a bus killed a 23-year-old woman at a Queens intersection, the DOT redesigned the streets for better safety. And now, a bus has killed a man at the same spot.
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After The Waves, Staten Island Homeowner Takes Sandy Buyout

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Stephen Drimalas fled his home as the storm hit, and it was badly damaged. Now he and some of his neighbors are selling their property to the state, which hopes to get people out of flood-prone areas.

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After Sandy: Rebuilding a Home, Then Letting It Go

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

WNYC
Staten Islander Stephen Drimalas spent two years meticulously restoring his Sandy-damaged beachside home, but now he's decided to take a buyout from the state.

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Ban Cars? Debate Intensifies Over Traffic Safety In Central Park

Monday, October 13, 2014

WNYC
After two pedestrian deaths on the park's loop road, ideas range from a car ban to flashing lights in crosswalks.
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American Icons: Fiddler on the Roof

Friday, October 10, 2014

How a milkman from a Russian shtetl became a Broadway star and a hero of postwar American culture.

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JFK, Newark Liberty Airports To Increase Ebola Screening

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The government plans to begin taking the temperatures of travelers from West Africa who arrive at five U.S. airports as part of a stepped-up response to the Ebola epidemic.

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Al Sharpton Vs. Al Smith

Thursday, October 02, 2014

WNYC
A sign that Al Sharpton has entered the city's political establishment: a speaker took a potshot at him during the Alfred E. Smith Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria.

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Pro and Anti-Astorino Sides Trade Shots on Affordable Housing

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WNYC
Critics say Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is keeping affordable housing out of white, wealthy areas, while he decries a federal takeover of local zoning.

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Derek Jeter Leaves Yankee Stadium A Winner

Friday, September 26, 2014

Derek Jeter has gone out in storybook fashion in his final game at Yankee Stadium. His single in the ninth inning propelled the Yankees over Baltimore 6-5 Thursday night.

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Jeter The Hero: Yankee Shortstop Plays His Final Home Game Tonight

Thursday, September 25, 2014

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will play his last nine innings at Yankee Stadium tonight after 20 years with the team. A look back at his incredible career and the legacy he will leave behind.

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The Cult of Jeter: Harmless Yet Deeply Felt

Thursday, September 25, 2014

WNYC
Over 20 years, Derek Jeter showed that utter reliability has a strangeness about it. And do not underestimate his mastery of his own Olympian image.

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Comparing Apples to Apples in New York

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

WNYC
Which is more of a "core" business in NY State — Apples or apples?

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No Dummy: City's Safest Cabbie Passes WNYC Crash Test

Friday, August 29, 2014

WNYC
Frederick Amoafo just won the first International Taxi Driver of the Year award. WNYC rode along with Amoafo last month to see first hand how he navigates the mean streets of New York.
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Memories Still Burn in Bensonhurst Over the Death of Yusuf Hawkins

Friday, August 22, 2014

WNYC
Bensonhurst has changed a lot since 1989, when a white mob killed a black teenager and Al Sharpton was stabbed in a schoolyard. But among old-timers, tensions remain.

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Why the Port Authority Bus Terminal Is Crumbling, Crowded, Unloved

Thursday, August 21, 2014

The much-maligned Midtown bus terminal was supposed to get a major renovation. Then Governor Christie's office used the money for other projects.

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The Port Authority Bus Terminal: "If Hell Had a Hell"

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

WNYC

Problems at the "functionally obsolete" transportation hub begin as soon as you walk in.

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The Secret Roots of Our Shark Freak-Outs

Friday, August 08, 2014

It's a summer ritual - everyone freaks out about shark attacks. But, according to WNYC reporter Jim O'Grady, it's a fairly recent phenomenon and one that can be traced to an attack in 1916 in Matawan, NJ. 

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