Main Street NYC

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Main Streets NYCThe WNYC news team's Main Streets project is spending a year looking closely at six blocks around the region. Karen Frillmann, Brigid Bergin, and Elaine Rivera discuss the goals of the project, what they've learned so far, and why, even in NYC, main street matters more than wall st.


Brigid Bergin, Karen Frillmann and Elaine Rivera

Comments [8]

Catherine Manning Flamenbaum from Babylon, NY

. There is little negative to say about yor show, my gut reaction is "Here you go again, talking to New Jersey about issues affecting LI."
Brian,your rare treaTMENT OF LI PERPETUATES the false dichotomy of Long Island vs New York City. When the singles or couples whose opinion you value have children, They return to Minnesota, upstate NY, and even LI. Who are the real New Yorkers? I think a huge proportion of LI are the real NYers. Often the grand parent and parents from Bkln... who built NY have moved to LI remain connections with their families in the old neighborhoods. Many LI children go to the ny colleges and share an apartment with other student. What aboutpeople like my husband who regularly leave their warm beds to service a bldg in the Bronx who have no heat?It is a matter of between NY and LI, rather than NY vs LI.

May. 19 2009 11:59 AM
wendy sanderson from Manhattan

I'm noticing an awful lot of stores closing and the locations staying vacant. I am always concerned about development... the right kind and the wrong kind, but right now the main issue seems to be the economy. All those closing businesses represent lost jobs and revenue for the city.

May. 07 2009 10:24 PM
Shira Silverman from Bronx

In all of the discussion about 161st Street in the Bronx, not a single person talked about how the ambience is affected by the presence of the Bronx County courthouse. I would go so far as to assert that the courthouse is much more influential than Yankee Stadium. For example, there is a huge variety of (inexpensive) places to have lunch that serve lawyers, clients, jurors, and administrative staff. These businesses do not rely on Yankee Stadium for their income.

May. 07 2009 11:32 AM
Marie from Pittsburgh from Pittsburgh

Regarding your comments about Yankee stadium. Most new stadiums, ballparks, hockey rinks, etc all have outside access to their main pro's shop to people who can't make it to the game. They also do have restaurants inside where you need a game ticket to enter the restaurant if their is a game.

May. 07 2009 11:31 AM
Alyssa from Brooklyn

What about Fulton Street Mall, which is a vibrant main street.
City Planning has encouraged only new office development and academic expansion
space within the commercial core and, in the surrounding areas, new
residential development with ground-floor retail. I am working on an exhibition with my architecture school on the future of this area which has always been in flux.

May. 07 2009 11:27 AM
Matt from Manhattan

I'm kind of surprise Michael Bloomberg's name hasn't come up, especially with the Bronx. The development angle, the condos, are all things he's in favor of. Small businesses I don't think mean anything to him.

May. 07 2009 11:26 AM
sth from manhattan

as long as theres a methadone clinic on delancey, it will never become gentrified and characterless, i like it gritty. drug treatment and rehabilitation is so recession proof.

May. 07 2009 11:18 AM

This segment relates to your next one.

If local newspapers performed this kind of journalism, detecting a presenting trends and real people from the community, rather than throwing up some AP stories and press releases and calling it a day, their position would be far better than it is now.

May. 07 2009 11:13 AM

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