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Bloomberg Pushed New Yorkers on Health, and Often They Pushed Back

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Bloomberg has maintained that it's his job us to make people healthier and safer, and he has frequently declared, “Being mayor is about saying, 'No.'”

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Schoolbook

Ravitch Criticizes Testing, Charters

Monday, September 23, 2013

On WNYC's Brian Lehrer show, education historian Diane Ravitch came out swinging against the new Common Core learning standards, charter schools and what she called Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "academic apartheid." Listen to the full interview.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Putin Ex Machina Gabfest

Friday, September 13, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: Changing course on Syria, choosing a mayor of New York, and losing faith in reality.

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Transportation Nation

NYC As Design Experiment

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Creating a pedestrian plaza in Times Square was "the stupidest idea I’d ever heard," said New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But it only took his transportation commissioner ten minutes to change his mind. And now the area, he said, is retail gold.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mayor Bloomberg's Legacy

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New Yorker writer Ken Auletta evaluates Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy as he prepares to leave office after 12 years running New York. Auletta looks back on how Bloomberg has shaped the city and influenced politics.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bloomberg's New York; an Instruction Manual for Life; Ben Zimmer on the word "Bubble"; Architecture Critic Rowan Moore

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

As the race for Mayor heats up, The New Yorker’s Ken Auletta looks back at 12 years of Michael Bloomberg and his legacy. Tom Shadyac, the director of the films “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” and “Patch Adams,” explains how a brush with death made him change the way he lives his life. Wall Street Journal language columnist Ben Zimmer on the word “bubble” and how it’s used on Wall Street. Rowan Moore, architecture critic for The Observer, talks about how our emotions are the most powerful force behind the design of buildings.

The New Yorker: Political Scene

Ken Auletta and Ben McGrath on Mike Bloomberg's term as mayor.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ken Auletta and Ben McGrath on Mike Bloomberg's term as mayor.

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The Takeaway

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Legacy

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New York City will soon be electing a new mayor, but the city's current mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has left an indelible mark on the nation’s largest city. After 12 years and three terms, he will move on in January 2014. Brian Lehrer, host of WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show, discusses Mayor Bloomberg's legacy. 

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Blasts Stop-and-Frisk Ruling

Monday, August 12, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg lashed out at a judge's ruling finding the NYPD's use of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional.

"This is a very dangerous decision," he said, "made by a judge that does not understand how policing works and what is compliant with the Constitution as determined by the Supreme Court."

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Says More Out-of-State Guns Are Killing New Yorkers

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says 90 percent of traceable guns used in city crimes in 2011 came from elsewhere, putting New Yorkers at the mercy of other states' gun laws.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The NYC Mayor's Race

Monday, July 29, 2013

The New York mayor's race is heating up. Andrew Meier looks at the candidates and surveys the political climate after three terms of Mayor Bloomberg. His article “Smile! One of You Will Be the Next Mayor” is the July 28 New York Times Magazine’s cover story.

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Transportation Nation

In Bloomberg's New York, The Poor Move Further Out, Lengthening Commutes

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

WNYC

Increasing numbers of New Yorkers are traveling within or between the outer boroughs to get to work, often using a Manhattan-centric transportation system that is not well suited to getting them where they need to go.

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WNYC News

Council Supporters Say They'll Survive Bloomberg, NYPD Challenges to Police Bills

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The passage of a pair of police oversight bills by the city council late last night - one to create an inspector general to oversee the police and the other to make it easier to sue the police over bias allegations - starts the clock ticking for Mayor Bloomberg, who has 30 days to make good on his promise to veto the legislation.

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Transportation Nation

Your Five-Boro Taxi Plan Questions, Answered

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Starting this summer, there will be a new taxi in town, and apple green cabs will start plying their trade citywide. Here's what you need to know about New York City's newest class of taxi service.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bloomberg's Small Schools Legacy

Thursday, May 30, 2013

A key component of Mayor Bloomberg's education policy has been to break up big high schools into smaller more focused schools, housed together in the large buildings. Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education, WNYC Radio and Schoolbook.org, talks about one specific example and the overall policy, plus other education news.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stem Cell Development; Four Freedoms Park; Science of Weed

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A group of scientists have successfully created embryonic stem cells from skin cells. Bioethicist Arthur Caplan of NYU explains the development and the questions it raises about human cloning. Plus, The Guardian’s Heidi Moore sorts through two “snooping” stories: Bloomberg’s and the AP’s; our May series on marijuana legalization continues with the science behind the drug and what it means for public policy; the details on the new tribute to FDR on Roosevelt Island; and one person’s life featured on the obit page in the Times today.

Schoolbook

Report: Recent School Gains are Overblown

Thursday, April 18, 2013

WNYC

A new report criticizes what it calls "market-oriented education reforms" in New York City, Chicago and Washington, DC. The authors claim gains were overstated while some successful strategies were not replicated often enough. The D.O.E. dismissed the study, saying "never before in New York City history have families had access to so many great schools."

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Transportation Nation

Pay-By-Phone Parking -- And Real-Time Space Availability -- Being Tested in the Bronx

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

An 18-block stretch in the Bronx will be the first in New York City to test pay-by-phone parking.

The pilot program will allow people to use phone, internet or smartphone app to pay for 264 metered parking spaces along or adjacent to Arthur Avenue  -- as well as spots in the city's Belmont Municipal Parking Field. To participate, motorists must sign up in advance on the Pay-By-Phone website. Each Muni-Meter in the pilot program has a QR code and a seven-digit number; the motorist must use either to confirm payment.

Users will receive a text or email when their meter is about to expire, and they will have the option of extending their time without having to return to their cars. According to the mayor's press release, traffic enforcement agents will use new hand-held scanners to cross-check the PayByPhone's data to ensure compliance.

"New York City parking has come a long way since we had to put a roll of quarters in our pocket," said city transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, making the announcement Tuesday in the Bronx with Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

A side view of the Muni-Meter in the Bronx. Note QR code and 7-digit ID. (Photo by Christine Streich)

Related: Good Bye, Parking Meter; Hello, Muni-Meter

The pay-by-phone pilot will be tested for three months; it could then expand citywide.

Potentially more interesting than the ability to feed the meter remotely is the second half of Tuesday's announcement: a real-time parking availability map, seeded by information transmitted from roadbed sensors.

A sensor embedded in the roadway detects whether a parking space is free or not. (Photo by Christine Streich)

"Green indicates the greatest likelihood of a spot; yellow, the chances aren't so good, and red, well, you get the idea--" said Sadik-Khan. "Forget about it, as Marty [Markowitz] would say," interjected Bloomberg, referring to Brooklyn's Borough President.

Sadik-Khan added the map would cut down on the pollution created by cruising around and looking for a spot. "Knowing where to go, and to concentrate your search on where it's going to have the biggest value and the biggest payoff, is half the battle," she said.

In addition to being available online, the map is also available as a smartphone app. Bloomberg batted away suggestions that the app could encourage distracted driving.  Bloomberg reasoned passengers could check the map -- or drivers could check it before they leave "or pull over. I mean, a lot of things are meant for you, you can't do it while you're --" here the mayor paused -- "in the shower, for example."

This cracked up the crowd. "I'm just trying to think of some other place you shouldn't," Bloomberg said, moving along to the next question.

Real-time parking conditions in the Belmont section of the Bronx (click for interactive map)

Other cities around the world -- San Francisco, London, Vancouver, Miami -- use similar technology. Monica Hernandez, a spokesperson for the District Department of Transportation, said all 17,500 meters in Washington D.C. can be paid for via phone, and that the program had been in place for almost two years. "It's serving its purpose," she said. "It provides one more option for people looking to park."

With reporting from Christine Streich/WNYC.


 

 

 

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Donated Big to County GOP Committees

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

WNYC

“I think he wanted to ensure that he would get their support in order to qualify,” said Guy V. Molinari, a former Congressman and Staten Island Borough President. “Maybe money wouldn’t have been necessary…but it sure made it a lot easier.”

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Record on Tackling Tobacco Stronger Than Against Soda

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

WNYC

Sugary beverages may still be available in all sizes, thanks to a New York State judge’s rejection of the Mayor Bloomberg’s big beverage ban, but the mayor is continuing his campaign to change how retailers sell products he and other officials believe are harming New Yorkers.

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