Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s first selection for 2014 is Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx. Author Adrian Nicole LeBlanc spent years with one extended family in the Bronx to create a portrait of poverty, and of life in and of public housing, prison, and court. It received high praise when it was published in 2003, and remains as relevant and important a decade later. We chose it after we read Andrea Elliott's powerful New York Times series Invisible Child: Dasani's Homeless Life, which reminded us of the extensive reporting on a family's struggles with poverty in Random Family.
Share your thoughts and questions below!
Three weeks after being elected City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito held a formal inauguration in the Bronx Wednesday night and it was no small affair.
Trying to stake a claim to the ever-shrinking American middle class? Paul Bhola, who lives in the northernmost neighborhood in the five boroughs, says it can be done — if you're ready to make some sacrifices.
Governor Cuomo used his State of the State speech on Wednesday to express support for an MTA plan to send Metro-North trains through neighborhoods in the East Bronx.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced on Monday that it filed discrimination charges against landlords in the Bronx for trying to evict tenants for keeping a service dog.
Elaine Rivera, a compassionate, funny, incisive journalist who worked at WNYC from 2006 until 2009, has died. She was 54.
A new school-based health clinic opened in the Bronx on Monday, the first of seven set to open this school year. Principals welcomed the clinic to their campus where many students suffer from asthma, diabetes and higher rates of overweight and obesity.
Laurel Sturt talks about her life in a high-poverty elementary school in the Bronx.Davonte’s Inferno: Ten Years in the New York Public School Gulag is a study of the crisis confronting today's educators and an indictment of the system.
Shanise Farrar has barely stopped moving since she learned her son, 14-year-old Shaaliver Douse, was killed in the Bronx by police. Early last Sunday, rookie officers said they encountered him chasing and shooting at another youth on 151st Street and he refused to drop his gun.
The family of a Bronx teen shot dead in his own home by police last year has learned that a grand jury will not re-indict the officer. A Bronx judge tossed out an earlier indictment against officer Richard Haste in May, due to erroneous instructions given to the grand jury at the time.
The rookie officer who fatally shot an armed teenager was left without another option because Shaaliver Douse didn't drop his weapon as instructed, said Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Sunday.
Like it or not, art often comes with the artist these days.
The Supreme Court's decision striking down Section 4 of the 1965 Voting Rights Act has an impact on parts of New York City. Under the law, Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx required Federal clearance in advance, known as "preclearance," before they could make changes to voting procedures. But the Court said that the jurisdictions that had been covered under the law were chosen using old 1960s data and that they might not be discriminating any more.
Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx are all covered by the Voting Rights Act - which might surprise you. Here's what today's Supreme Court decision means for the city.
This week, Terrance McKnight samples some of New York City's most iconic composers and musicians, as well as the musicality of the boroughs they have called home.
The city wants to turn the Sheridan Expressway into a West Side highway-style boulevard. The at-grade Bronx street with lights and trees is designed to mend a neighborhood torn apart by the aborted highway, while still giving truck access to the nearby Hunts Point market.
There are thousands of artists is New York City. Some are famous internationally, while others are scratching out a living while perfecting their craft in basements or on stage. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.