Matthew Schuerman

Editor, WNYC

Matthew Schuerman appears in the following:

30 Issues Day 8: Atlantic Yards

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

It's development week and WNYC reporter Matthew Schuerman talks about what the next Mayor will face with the Atlantic Yards project in downtown Brooklyn.

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Construction Accidents Rise Despite Downturn in Construction Activity

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Even as construction activity has slowed throughout the city the Bloomberg administration reports the number of accidents and on-the-job injuries have climbed sharply. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: The number of construction accidents rose by 72 percent in this fiscal year compared to last. The number ...

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The End of Suburban Sprawl?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Supporters of a proposed development in Nassau County say they’ve found the answer to suburban sprawl: a concentrated mixture of apartments, offices and retail spaces called The Lighthouse at Long Island. There’s just one hitch: How to get there.

WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman has this report.

REPORTER: The head of Nassau County’s government, Tom Suozzi, is driving through Garden City, Long Island, a wealthy enclave with five-bedroom homes set back from tree-lined streets.

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The End of Suburban Sprawl?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Supporters of a proposed development in Nassau County say they’ve found the answer to suburban sprawl: a concentrated mixture of apartments, offices, and retail called the Lighthouse at Long Island. There’s just one hitch: How to get there. WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman has this report.

REPORTER: The ...

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30 Issues Day 6: Eminent Domain

Monday, September 28, 2009

It's New York Development Week on 30 Issues in 30 Days. Today: eminent domain and how it affects the shape of our city. Christopher Serkin, associate professor of law at Brooklyn Law School, explains what eminent domain is and how it's used. Dana Berliner, senior attorney at the

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Transit Committee Seeks to Decrease Subway Noise

Monday, September 28, 2009

New York City Transit is making its most comprehensive assault on subway noise in years. A committee will coordinate and expand the ways the agency is trying to decrease noise.

REPORTER: The subway system regularly takes steps to mitigate noise, by lubricating wheels at sharp turns ...

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Russian Billionaire to Buy Stake in Nets

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Developer Bruce Ratner is selling a majority stake in the New Jersey Nets basketball team to a Russian billionaire. Ratner and his fellow investors have agreed to sell an 80 percent stake in the Nets for 200 million dollars. That's a considerable loss -- Ratner ...

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Atlantic Yards Project Timeline Questioned

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Opponents of the Atlantic Yards development project are saying that a new agreement makes it impossible for developer Bruce Ratner to finish the entire project in 10 years. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

REPORTER: Ratner maintains he can build the project in 10 years, and the state's ...

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Final Approval of Revised Plan for Atlantic Yards

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The state economic development agency has given final approval to a revised plan for the Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reports.

The developer behind the project, Bruce Ratner, says he hopes to complete the basketball arena, apartments and office space in 10 years. ...

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A Somber Remembrance on the 9/11 Anniversary

Friday, September 11, 2009

This year, the readers were volunteers who worked at Ground Zero after the towers collapsed. Mayor Bloomberg says their actions buoyed people's hopes.

"No one stopped to ask, if I can only do a little, should I bother doing anything at all? Each act is a link ...

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Ground Zero, Eight Years Later

Friday, September 11, 2009

Last year, family members of the victims of the September 11th attacks walked down a long ramp into the bottom of the pit at Ground Zero. This year they can't do that for the simple reason the pit no longer exists. That's good news for those impatient with slow progress ...

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At Ground Zero

Friday, September 11, 2009

Mike Kelly, columnist at The Record, and Matthew Schuerman, WNYC reporter, provide live updates while on the scene of the ceremony at Ground Zero and discuss the progress of development at that site.

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Service and 9/11

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Brian Lehrer Show marks September 11th with live coverage of the ceremony at ground zero with WNYC reporter Matthew Schuerman and The Record columnist Mike Kelly. And the National 9/11 Memorial Museum wants your help with the permanent collection. Plus, it’s the first annual National Day of Service and ...

9/11 Museum to Feature Website for Public Video and Photos

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The September 11th terrorist attack eight years ago is considered the most recorded event in history and the future museum at the World Trade Center site wants as many of those videos and photos as possible. On the new website, "www.911history.org," the National September ...

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Report: Atlantic Yards Arena Will Cost City More Than It Receives in Taxes

Thursday, September 10, 2009

The Independent Budget Office says the Atlantic Yards arena will end up costing the city more than it will receive in tax revenues. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman reoprts.

REPORTER: The analysis by the Independent Budget Office shows the city will spend $40 million more than it will ...

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Atlantic Yards Arena Morphs--Again

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

New designs for the Atlantic Yards arena--the first 'official' ones since Frank Gehry left the project in June--came out today. Here's our report:

Since a picture's worth a thousand words, we reproduce one here. It's by Ellerbe Becket and SHoP Architects:

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New Designs for Atlantic Yards Arena Cut Lux

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

There aren't any wavy titanium steel panels in the latest plan for a basketball arena in Brooklyn. Barclays Arena Version 3.0 is a lot simpler, with alternating bands of steel and glass, and a lot less expensive than the original one by architect Frank Gehry. ...

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New Designs for Nets Basketball Arena Reduce Cost, Flash

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Developer Bruce Ratner has released new renderings for a Nets basketball arena in Brooklyn. They're the first official ones released since architect Frank Gehry was dropped in June. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: The new design looks a bit like a race car with alternating ...

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Seven Vying for Council Seat in Brownstone Brooklyn

Friday, September 04, 2009

No fewer than seven Democrats are running for an open City Council seat in Brooklyn. Its current occupant, David Yassky, is running for city comptroller. All the candidates are generally anti-development, which is the biggest issue in the area. So they are trying to distinguish themselves in other ways.

Map of District 33

The 33rd City Council district stretches from the shores of Greenpoint down through Williamsburg and into the heart of brownstone Brooklyn. Its voters turn out in relatively large numbers, even in off-presidential years.

WOMAN: Good Morning

SECOND WOMAN: Hi.

SIMON: Good morning.

The district's older residents are among the most politically active.

SIMON: There you go.

That's why Jo Anne Simon showed up outside the Cobble Hill Cinemas one morning for a special showing of a movie for seniors.

SIMON: Here's your ticket.

Simon got invited by the local assemblywoman, Joan Millman, who sponsored the movie. Millman was the one who discovered Simon when she was head of the Boerum Hilll Association years ago. Millman encouraged Simon to become the Democratic state committeewoman from the area, which she's been for the past five years.

SIMON: I you know have something of an advantage in that I know a lot of people anyway.

For her day job, Simon's a lawyer specializing in the rights of the disabled.

WOMAN: We hope you get in.

SIMON: Thank you.

WOMAN: We're going to do our best, you know.

She's raised more money than any other candidate in the race, most of it coming from voters inside the district.

SIMON: It's about time somebody from the neighborhoods got elected. You know, a lot of people run because they've been involved in politics or worked for a political official .

That's a dig at her two main rivals, Evan Thies and Steve Levin, who are still in their 20s. Simon is 56. She moved to Brooklyn in 1981, which is about when Thies and Levin were learning to walk and talk in New Hampshire and New Jersey, respectively.

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Guide: City Council District 33, Brooklyn

Friday, September 04, 2009

The 33rd District covers Greenpoint, parts of Williamsburg, Vinegar Hill, Dumbo, Brooklyn Heights, part of downtown Brooklyn, Boerum Hill, Gowanus and northern Park Slope.

Map of District 33

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