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Elaine Rivera, 54, Former WNYC Reporter

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Elaine Rivera, a compassionate, funny, incisive journalist who worked at WNYC from 2006 until 2009, has died. She was 54.

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Schoolbook

School Year's First Health Clinic Opens in the Bronx

Monday, October 21, 2013

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ten Years in a Bronx Public School

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

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.

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WNYC News

In Harm's Way: Remembering the Life of Shaaliver Douse

Monday, August 12, 2013

WNYC

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.

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WNYC News

Grand Jury Refuses to Re-Indict Officer Who Shot Bronx Teen

Thursday, August 08, 2013

WNYC

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.

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WNYC News

Commissioner Kelly Defends Shooting of Bronx Teen

Sunday, August 04, 2013

WNYC

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.

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WNYC News

Art Talk: The Artist is Present, but in the South Bronx?

Friday, August 02, 2013

Like it or not, art often comes with the artist these days.

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Transportation Nation

The Bronx Gets a New SBS Bus Route

Saturday, June 29, 2013

WNYC

[UPDATED July 1, 2pm] SBS bus service started Sunday along Webster Avenue connecting the Fordham and Morrisania sections of the Bronx with the No. 2, 5 and 6 subway trains in the South Bronx.

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Transportation Nation

NYC's First-Ever Speed Cameras Go Back to School

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

There are 100 schools in New York City where drivers speed at least 75 percent of the time, according to city officials. And that's exactly where New York will be exercising its new speed camera authority.

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WNYC News

Bronx Residents React to Supreme Court Voting Rights Decision

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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.

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WNYC News

Explainer: The Supreme Court, Voting Rights and New York

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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.

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Beauty and the Boroughs

Saturday, June 08, 2013

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. 

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Transportation Nation

NYC to Recommend Sheridan Expressway Become Less Express, More Local

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

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.

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WNYC News

One NY Artist: Poet Rob Vassilarakis

Saturday, May 11, 2013

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.

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The Takeaway

Searching for Justice in the South Bronx

Friday, May 03, 2013

As the executive director of the Bronx Defenders, a public defense and legal services organization, Robin Steinberg has spent her career demanding justice for the residents of the poorest Congressional district in the nation. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Gideon v. Wainwright, the landmark Supreme Court case that created the public defender system to ensure some balance between prosecution and defense, but as Steinberg explains, "Leveling the playing field is simply impossible."

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WNYC News

In Harm's Way: Remembering the Life of Alphonza Bryant III

Friday, May 03, 2013

WNYC

Alphonza Bryant III, 17, had a lot to look forward to. There was his upcoming prom (he already had a white tuxedo picked out) and next month, he was graduating high school. In a class photo, he appears to be anticipating the occasion, wearing a cerulean blue cap and gown.

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WNYC News

Kingsbridge Armory in Bronx Slated for Ice Sports Complex

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Bronx may soon be home to the world's largest indoor ice sports complex. The city plans to transform the Kingsbridge Armory into a 750,000 square-foot ice sports complex that includes nine rinks on two levels.

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Micropolis

Micropolis: Images of Addiction in the Bronx

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

In this episode of Micropolis, WNYC's Arun Venugopal ventures into the home of Michael, a transsexual prostitute and heroin addict -- and, as you can hear in the segment above -- given to baking cookies for her guests.

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The Greene Space

2013 Battle of the Boroughs: Bronx winner

Monday, April 15, 2013

Congratulations to Emily Angell, winner of our Battle of the Boroughs: Bronx competition! Check out the band's winning performance here.

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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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