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Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

No Show? No Problem For State Development Agency

Monday, September 08, 2008

When the Empire State Development Corporation held hearings last week on whether to declare property in West Harlem "blighted," no board members showed up. That's not unusual for the state authority, but it would be if another agency were in charge. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman explains.

REPORTER: The city planning commission and ...

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Double-Decker Buses Are Back

Monday, September 08, 2008

Fifty years after double-decker commuter buses disappeared from the streets of Manhattan, a new model will start picking up passengers in Staten Island later this week. New York City Transit president Howard Roberts says the pilot run will give officials a chance to weight their pros and cons.

ROBERTS: What customer ...

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New Yorkers Merging With New Pedestrian Plaza

Friday, September 05, 2008

Office workers, laborers and students are getting used to eating their lunch in the middle of the intersection of 23rd Street and Broadway.

They are all part of a pedestrian plaza that the city's transportation department created by taking traffic lanes out of service and narrowing road shoulders. Most of the ...

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Columbia Expansion Enters Final Stage

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Columbia University's expansion into West Harlem is entering its final stage. The state's economic development agency began holding hearings last night on whether it should invoke eminent domain to take possession of properties the university doesn't own.

It's not enough to argue that Columbia's expansion will bring jobs to upper Manhattan ...

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Steel Raised for 9/11 Memorial

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Nine days before the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attack that destroyed the World Trade Center, construction workers raised the first piece of steel for the Sept. 11 memorial.

WNYC's Matthew Schuerman was there.

REPORTER: For a milestone at Ground Zero, this one had less pomp and circumstance than most. There were ...

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Work Begins on September 11 Memorial

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

The first steel column for the September 11 memorial will be put into place this afternoon, according to officials.

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, as the complex is officially known, is one of several building projects at Ground Zero that is in limbo. The ...

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Caribbean Culture Celebrated in Brooklyn Parade

Monday, September 01, 2008

The 41st annual West Indian American Day Parade is making its way down Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn this afternoon. Thousands of people are in the parade, wearing lavish costumes and riding colorful floats. One of them is Dwaine Wilson, a Harlem resident and a native of Barbados:

WILSON: I just love ...

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Private Donations Up to Department of Transportation

Monday, September 01, 2008

Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan has attracted more than just attention since joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg's cabinet last May. She's also pulled in lots of private money.

Congestion pricing didn't work out, but Sadik-Khan has implemented numerous smaller innovations that transportation advocates had been pushing for years.

Public disclosure forms show that ...

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Obama Supporters Unmoved by McCain Pick

Friday, August 29, 2008

Republican John McCain's choice of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate may get some Independents and even Democrats to look again at his candidacy.

But many New Yorkers who support Barack Obama say their vote won't change. Connie Johnson, an African-American bank teller from Queens, says she ...

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East River Waterfalls Damaging Greenery

Thursday, August 28, 2008

The four man-made waterfalls along the East River are having an unexpected impact on the environment--they're turning nearby grass and trees brown.

Salty mist from the waterfalls is damaging vegetation at the Brooklyn Promenade, on Governors Island and in Empire Ferry State Park, just north of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Rachel Gordon of ...

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New Yorkers Unsure About Term Limit Roll Backs

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Most City Council members may have told the New York Times they want to roll back term limits, but some New Yorkers we talked to aren't so sure. Regina Pearsall of Staten Island was taking her lunch break at City Hall Park today.

PEARSALL: I like the mayor and I kind ...

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New Path Opens in Highbridge Park

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and dozens of community activists were on hand this morning in Upper Manhattan to cut a green ribbon on a bike and pedestrian path in Highbridge Park.

The three-quarter mile paved route leads to the High Bridge, a former aqueduct over the Harlem River. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe ...

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City Eyes Car-Free Prospect Park

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

A car-free Prospect Park in Brooklyn? Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he'll ask his transportation commissioner to look into the idea, a perennial one proposed by the group, Transportation Alternatives. It wants the city to try closing the park to traffic for three months next summer. The mayor says he's concerned ...

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City Airports Lose Flight Routes

Monday, August 25, 2008

New York City is losing nonstop airplane connections to 25 domestic and international destinations this fall.

One of them is Daytona Beach, where the Continental flights into Newark Liberty regularly traveled at 85 to 90 percent capacity, according to Stephen Cooke, the director of business development for the Florida airport.

COOKE: I ...

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Paterson Picks New ESDC Chief

Friday, August 22, 2008

Gov. David Paterson filled two spots at the state economic development agency today. Marisa Lago will be the new president and chief executive of the Empire State Development Corporation. She is currently an executive at a division of Citigroup but previously worked for Dinkins administration in New York City and ...

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FDNY Review Finds Faulty Communication in Deutsche Bank Fire

Friday, August 22, 2008

Just over a year ago, a construction worker helping to dismantle the former Deutsche Bank building at Ground Zero apparently tossed a lit cigarette butt on the 17th floor.

It turned into an object lesson of everything that can go wrong when a building is demolished. Two firefighters died trying to ...

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Poor Communication Contributed to Deutsche Bank Fire Deaths

Thursday, August 21, 2008

A report by the Fire Department on last summer's fatal fire in the contaminated Deutsche Bank building found a host of problems, including poor communication, and misinformation from workers about the operability of fire safety equipment at the scene.

SCOPPETA: Three different sources gave us misinformation insisting that the standpipe was ...

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Councilman: Corporate Sponsorships of Subway Stations OK

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A City Council Member thinks it would be worth it to let corporations pay the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to put their logos on subway stations.

Joseph Addabbo, who is running for state Senate, says the idea is just one way to lessen the need for a fare hike, which the MTA ...

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City Honors Firefighters Who Died in Deutsche Bank Fire

Monday, August 18, 2008

This morning's dedication of a plaque memorializing the two firefighters who died in Deutsche Bank fire was filled with sadness and anger.

REPORTER: The father of one of the victims, Joseph Graffagnino, said after the ceremony that he hoped the district attorney would treat the fire as a homicide.

GRAFFAGNINO: If they ...

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A Year After the Deutsche Bank Fire, Abatement Continues

Friday, August 15, 2008

One year ago Monday, a fire broke out at the former Deutsche Bank building, right across the street from where the twin towers once stood. The building, also known as 130 Liberty Street, was in the process of being decontaminated and taken down piece by piece. Two firefighters died fighting ...

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