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Controversy Over Empire State's Colors

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Tonight and tomorrow the lights will be red and yellow. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

Tonight and tomorrow the lights will be red and yellow. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)

Critics of China's communist government are rallying outside the Empire State Building, ...

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Don't Be Alarmed By That Citrus Smell

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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The The city's Office of Emergency Management says that a planned natural gas release may cause a citrus smell in neighborhoods in upper Manhattan and the Bronx.

On Tuesday morning, a utility company will conduct a routine, ...

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Is the Eminent Domain Process Fair?

Monday, September 28, 2009

As Mayor Bloomberg campaigns for a third term largely on his record of economic development, his Democratic opponent Bill Thompson says ordinary New Yorkers have been left out of the decision-making process. Whether the city's use of eminent domain for economic development is unfair was up for debate today as ...

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New York Moves Closer to Natural Gas Drilling Upstate

Monday, September 28, 2009

New York State will move a step closer this week to opening up the Catskills and the Southern Tier to natural gas drilling, as a key environmental assessment is made public. WNYC's Ilya Marritz explains.

REPORTER: Property owners, energy companies and environmentalists have been waiting more than a ...

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Comptroller And Public Advocate Races Become Bitter Towards the End

Monday, September 28, 2009

Tomorrow it will be up to the City's Democrats to make the final pick of candidates for Comptroller and Public Advocate. In the two weeks since the current field emerged, the tone of both contests has became more bitter and combative. WNYC's Bob Hennelly and Soterios Johnson discuss the election.

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Homage to "Manhatta" Celebrates Newark

Monday, September 28, 2009

The movie "Manhatta" was released back in 1920. It was a silent, black and white film, only six minutes long, with ground-breaking photography that captured the rapidly expanding metropolis. Now, almost 90 years later, two filmmakers have created a modern homage to "Manhatta" that showcases their own bustling city just ...

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Comptroller Run-off Debate

Friday, September 25, 2009

In their last debate before Tuesday's run-off election, the two remaining candidates for the Democratic nomination for City Comptroller faced off last night. Councilmen David Yassky and John Liu were cordial, but they clashed sharply on issues from term limits to each other's integrity.

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Public Advocate Run-off Debate

Thursday, September 24, 2009

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The two remaining candidates for the Democratic nomination for New York City Public Advocate faced off in one last debate last night, and it was a contentious one. The debate began with Mark Green and Bill de Blasio accusing each ...

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Protestors Defend Qaddafi, Fail Geography

Thursday, September 24, 2009


New York is full of all kinds of people, but that's especially true during the United Nations General Assembly. And nowhere more than between the barricades at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. WNYC's Marianne McCune filed this report.


Around noon on Wednesday, the line of protesters included defenders of ...

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Matt Latimer: Knows All, Tells All

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Matt Latimer, a former speechwriter to President George W. Bush, gives a rare behind-the-scenes account of his years on Capitol Hill in Speech-less.

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Re-imagining The Collyer Brothers

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

E. L. Doctorow talks with Leonard Lopate about his latest novel, Homer & Langley, a sweeping narrative about the Collyer Brothers.

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Paterson: Hug Just a Hug

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Governor Paterson says observers are misinterpreting the body language and facial expressions that were on display at his meeting yesterday with President Obama.

"Someone says he turned his back on the press because he didn't want them to see him hug me. But I was facing the press. ...

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State Leaders: Obama Interfering

Monday, September 21, 2009

President Barack Obama (L) greets New York Gov. David Paterson before speaking at Hudson Valley Community College on September 21, 2009 in Troy, New York. (Getty)

President Barack Obama (L) greets New York Gov. David Paterson before speaking at Hudson Valley Community College on September 21, 2009 in Troy, New York (Getty).

Former state leaders are criticizing President Obama for interfering in New York's gubernatorial politics. Over the weekend, Governor Paterson had to respond to published reports that President Obama had 'lost confidence' in Paterson's ability to win the next election. Former Governor George Pataki says the president is overstepping his bounds.

'To weaken and undermine the governor beyond the weakness that already exists at a time when he will be the governor for the next 15 months, to me just doesn't serve the interest of the state, doesn't serve the interest of the country.'

And former State Comptroller Carl McCall agrees. He says especially during the fiscal crisis Paterson needs everyone's support.

'We've all got to get behind David Paterson because of the job that he has to do. At some point when we get these big issues behind us, we should come together and decide who is the best person to lead the Democratic party.'

The governor and the president were upstate together at an event in Troy, New York today. Obama referred to Paterson as a 'wonderful man' in his speech.

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Sound of Young America at WNYC

Monday, September 21, 2009

Host Jesse Thorn and his guests performed live to a sold-out crowd in The Jerome L. Greene Space Friday night. Guests included rock star Andrew WK, Scott Adsit from 30 Rock, singer Nellie McKay, comedian Kumail Nanjani and director Rik Cordero.

Jesse Thorn introduces stand up Comedian Kumali Nanjiani:

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Paterson: I'm Running for Governor

Monday, September 21, 2009

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Governor Paterson says he is staying in the 2010 governor's race, despite reports of rising pressure from Democrats for him to drop out. Paterson is reportedly facing pressure from Washington and within New York to forego a run, out ...

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Today in History: King Beats Riggs

Sunday, September 20, 2009

On September 20, 1973, Billy Jean King beat Bobby Riggs 6–4, 6–3, 6–3 in a match dubbed, "The Battle of the Sexes."

Thanks to WNYC Archivist Andy Lanset

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Paterson Endorses Thompson for Mayor

Friday, September 18, 2009

(L-R) Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Paterson, actress Uma Thurman, singer Cyndi Lauper, and TV personality Stephan Colbert attend the 2009 Koman New York City Race For The Cure September 13. (Getty Images)

(L-R) Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Paterson, actress Uma Thurman, singer Cyndi ...

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Pie on You!

Friday, September 18, 2009


That's the sound of 271 poncho clad and shower capped pie throwers. Standing outside the studios of Regis and Kelly they hurled 1500 cream pies hoping to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records. Stuart Klaxton officiated and says mass participation records are a challenge, so ...

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Goodbye to Gehry

Thursday, September 17, 2009

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Ellerbe Becket and SHoP Archtiect\'s new design for the Barclays Center

The state economic development agency gave final approval today to a revised plan for Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn.

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The Race is On...Bloomberg and Thompson

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his Queens Campaign office on March 28, 2009.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in his Queens Campaign office on March 28, 2009.


The race for mayor is in full swing, a ...

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