Joel Rose

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New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries

Monday, July 22, 2013

In the unregulated heyday before Prohibition, distilleries in New York produced whiskey, gin, rum and other spirits. Then the industry was all but wiped out for the next 80 years. But state laws regulating distilling have been loosened and now dozens of new distilleries have sprung up.


After Scandal, Eliot Spitzer Dives Back Into Politics

Monday, July 08, 2013

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is running for public office again. Five years after resigning in the midst of a prostitution scandal, Spitzer will ask voters to make him New York City's comptroller this fall.


The Statue Of Liberty Reopens

Thursday, July 04, 2013

The Statue of Liberty reopens July 4, for the first time since Hurricane Sandy damaged the statue's pedestal and flooded park service offices. We look at what it took to reopen the iconic statue — and why nearby Ellis Island remains closed indefinitely.


Composting On The Way Up In New York City High-Rises

Thursday, June 27, 2013

This summer, New York City is expanding food waste recycling into more neighborhoods, with an eye toward eventually making the program mandatory. Officials are hoping the changes will help improve on the city's dismal recycling rate, which remains stuck at 15 percent.


At Coney Island, The (Mermaid) Show Must Go On

Friday, June 21, 2013

Brooklyn's annual Mermaid Parade draws thousands of wacky, colorfully costumed revelers. The 2013 event was almost canceled after the parade's nonprofit sustained severe damage during Superstorm Sandy. But after a successful fundraising campaign, Coney Island's signature event has its sea legs back.


Tough New Gun Laws Drive Gun Makers To Move

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Six months after the school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Connecticut is one of a handful of states that have passed tough new gun laws. Firearms manufacturers in at least two of those states are planning to move their operations elsewhere.


Cooper Union Students Fight For Freedom From Tuition

Monday, June 10, 2013

The small, highly selective college for artists, engineers and architects had been one of the last remaining tuition-free schools in the country. But in April, Cooper's board decided to begin charging tuition for most undergraduates. A rotating cast of students has now taken up residence in the president's office until the board agrees to reconsider.


New Jersey's Christie Names Fill-In For U.S. Senate Seat

Thursday, June 06, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has picked the state's attorney general, Republican Jeff Chiesa, to fill the seat vacated by the death of Democrat Frank Lautenberg earlier this week. Chiesa says he will not seek the seat in a special election set for October. The choice is unlikely to please Republicans in Washington, who would like to hold the seat for more than five months.


Big Apple Debates Storm Prep As Hurricane Season Begins

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

As hurricane season begins, New Yorkers are debating how to protect the city's 520 miles of coastline from major storms and rising sea levels. One camp favors giant offshore barriers to divert storm surge. The other says barriers are too expensive and too risky. They argue New York must learn to live with water by making streets, subways and buildings more resilient to flooding.


Special Election Called In New Jersey To Fill Vacant Senate Seat

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is calling a special election to fill the seat of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday. The decision means the state will have two statewide elections three weeks apart. NPR's Joel Rose reports.


New York City Hopes Bikesharing Will Make Streets Safer

Friday, May 24, 2013

Citi Bike, the country's largest urban bike-sharing system, will soon be rolling in New York City after almost a year of delays. The idea has worked elsewhere, including Paris, Washington, D.C., and Montreal. But critics wonder if it's safe to add tens of thousands of new cyclists to the crowded streets of New York.


Documentary Shows George Plimpton's Best Story Was His Own

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A new documentary about writer George Plimpton uses its subject's own voice to tell the story of his career as a path-breaking "participatory journalist" and longtime editor of the Paris Review. The film also uses the voices of Plimpton's friends and colleagues to defend him against the charge of dilettantism that dogged him throughout his career. NPR's Joel Rose reports.


Boston Bombings Prompt Fresh Look At Unsolved Murders

Friday, May 17, 2013

Authorities are revisiting a triple murder in the Boston suburb of Waltham. One of the victims may have been a friend of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev would sometimes spar at the same mixed martial arts gym where the victim worked as an instructor.


Fund To Help Boston Bombing Victims Raises $30 Million

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

It's been one month since the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.


Cyber Criminals Drain $45 Million From ATMs Around The World

Friday, May 10, 2013

Prosecutors in New York have announced charges against eight men for their roles in a "massive 21st-century bank heist." The operation stole more than $45 million from ATMs around the world in a matter of hours. Prosecutors declined to comment on who organized the heist, or where the hackers may be located.


Gov. Chris Christie Admits To Secret Weight Loss Surgery

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie confirmed on Tuesday that he secretly underwent weight loss surgery in February. Christie, who has struggled with his weight for 20 years, insists the decision was motivated by his family and not his political future.


Conservative Group: Immigration Reform Would Cost $6 Trillion

Monday, May 06, 2013

The Heritage Foundation is out with a new report on the Senate's immigration overhaul, and says it will cost the country more than $6 trillion. The influential conservative group issued a similar report that helped scuttle the 2007 immigration bill.


Family Fights Sale Of Iconic Thomas Cole Painting

Monday, May 06, 2013

While serving as governor of New York, William Seward received a Thomas Cole landscape painting as a gift for his work on the Erie Canal. Since then, its value has exploded and its caretakers are looking to sell. On Tuesday, Seward's great-great-grandson will be in court to try to stop them.


New York Tobacco Regulations Light Up Public Health Debate

Thursday, May 02, 2013

On Thursday, the City Council will debate proposals including raising the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21. Also on the table is a ban on tobacco displays behind retail registers. Critics are pushing back, arguing that the changes won't have the intended effect.


Hotel Assistance Running Out For Some Sandy Victims

Monday, April 29, 2013

Six months after Hurricane Sandy, hundreds of low-income New Yorkers are facing homelessness. They've been living in subsidized hotel rooms since the storm, but that funding is about to run out. Advocates say there isn't enough public and low-income housing to accommodate them all.