While the streets of New York will be filled this Sunday with some of the most fit runners from over 100 countries here to participate in the New York City Marathon, those runners will be leaving behind an impressive amount of trash.
Plus: Brian Lehrer Show Marathon Meetup
We're linking up Brian Lehrer show runners and fans for Sunday's marathon.
On an unseasonably warm October morning, the 50th tree was planted at the Memorial Plaza. The White Swamp Oak was lowered by crane while Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials watched.
Some Republican members of Congress want to cut off National Public Radio's federal funding in the wake of the firing of NPR and Fox News political analyst Juan Williams. Speaking on Fox earlier this week, Williams said that he gets nervous when he sees people in "Muslim garb" on airplanes. Long Island Congressman Peter King said on Fox News Friday that if Republicans take control of the House there will be a move to defund NPR.
With just over a week to go before the midterm elections, newspapers have begun making their candidate endorsements. It's A Free Country is tracking them all down.
WNYC began visiting the World Trade Center site in April 2010 and continues to document the construction of One World Trade Center, the 9/11 Memorial, the transportation hub and the people working on the site.
The iconic stretch of green in Central Park at 67th Street and Central Park West has gone from farmland to upscale restaurant and now to farm eating. The landmark restaurant, Tavern on the Green, closed last January after filing for bankruptcy, but has been reincarnated as a gourmet food cart hub and visitor center.
On Thursday morning, composer Magnus Lindberg and the New York Philharmonic held the final rehearsal before the New York premiere of his 1985 industrial work Kraft. That piece features an arsenal of noise-making instruments augmented by various found objects, including scrap metal, an oxygen tank and other junk, all of which were picked up from a Staten Island junkyard.
Few things preserve like dense Hudson River mud. That was proven this summer when workers at the World Trade Center site uncovered the skeletal hull of an 18th century ship at the site of a future car park.
Found sound is a staple of some experimental music that ends up in clubs and galleries, but on a recent Friday, Magnus Lindberg, the New York Philharmonic's composer in residence, scoured a salvage yard on Staten Island for local junk that will be played at Avery Fisher Hall.
Found sound is a staple of some experimental music that ends up in clubs and galleries, and other alternative spaces. But on a recent Friday, Magnus Lindberg, the New York Philharmonic's composer in residence, and several percussionists, were scouring a salvage yard on Staten Island for local junk that will be played at Avery Fisher Hall in October.
Wooden sukkots in Williamsburg, pancake-shaped mooncakes in Chinatown and sizzling treats in Little Italy are all reminders that summer has officially ended.
In the early 1990s, a rash of Torah thefts swept New York City. The thieves were indiscriminate when it came to denomination and borough -- Conservative, Orthodox, Reform, Brooklyn and Manhattan -- one was even taken from Mt. Sinai Medical Center. In total 15 Torahs went missing, several valued at over $15,000. The Manhattan District Attorney created the Torah Task Force to track down the holy book thieves.
The butterflies gracing New York's streets and gardens are Monarch butterflies, currently making their way through the city en route to the mountains of Michoacán, Mexico where they will spend the winter.
The United Nations General Assembly is holding its 65th annual meeting this week with representatives from 192 countries in attendance.
Workers are installing a containment shield on the Brooklyn Bridge to prepare for the removal of old lead paint. The walkway is tighter now, so walkers and bikers should watch out for one another.
The air was crisp and the mood was solemn as family members gathered at a site near Ground Zero for New York City’s ninth September 11th commemoration ceremony at Zuccotti Park. Many wore white ribbons and carried pictures of their loved ones as family members and those working to rebuild the World Trade Center site read the names of almost 3,000 people who died there that day.
The issue of whether or not there should be an Islamic cultural center and mosque two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center is one of the most politically contentious issues of this election season. The opinions of New York's public figures run the gamut from strong support to solid opposition.
Amid the clatter and clutter of the work site, the recently planted trees at the 9/11 Memorial are a sign of things to come. The first 16 of the nearly 400 trees were planted at Memorial Plaza in time for this year's Sept. 11 memorial services. At One World Trade Center, the structural steel now rises 36 floors and nearly all of the North and South pools have been tiled.
Over the past year, key elements in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site and the 9/11 Memorial have finally emerged above street level. But the fate of other pieces of the site remain uncertain. WNYC's annotated map of site provides details on each building on the site, its developer and the status of development.
While big-box chains and online stores increasingly dominate the retail landscape, New York City remains home to many independent shopping mecca’s. At B&H Photo, 21st Century technology meets traditional Jewish customs. But what some call ethnic quirkiness, others call discrimination. The store is currently embroiled in its second discrimination lawsuit.