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Castro's Role in Scandal Angers Constituents, Colleagues

Friday, April 05, 2013

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When Assemblyman Nelson Castro was first elected in 2008, he was hailed as the Bronx's first Dominican American elected legislator. On Thursday, Castro was named as Assemblyman-1 in the bribery indictment of fellow Assemblyman Eric Stevenson. But Castro spent almost his entire tenure in office as a convicted criminal who had been cooperating with law enforcement authorities for years.

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The Greene Space

Listen in: Battle of the Boroughs Bronx

Friday, April 05, 2013

LISTEN IN! 
Battle of the Boroughs - it's all about the sound. 

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The Greene Space

Battle of the Boroughs 2013: The Bronx

Friday, April 05, 2013

Be a part of making someone's dream come true tonight! Twelve bands compete, but only one can go on to represent the Bronx in the Ultimate Battle on June 21. 

Which of the bands made it on to the finals? Find out here. Don't forget to VOTE for who you want to see back on The Greene Space stage representing the Bronx. Voting closes Sunday, April 14 at 11:59pm ET. The winner will be announced Monday, April 15 at 12pm ET.

Experience all of the music from the Bronx 2013 show below:

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WNYC News

At Bronx Diner, Views on Gay Marriage as Varied as the Menu

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Crown Diner in the Bronx is a few blocks from Yankee Stadium and the Bronx Supreme Court. It’s where vendors and fans, law clerks and lawyers grab donuts and omelets. And it’s where opinions on same-sex marriage vary. “The world is changing and they need to move along with the change,” says one patron.

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WNYC News

Cop Who Shot Ramarley Graham Back in Court

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A police officer accused of shooting an unarmed 18-year-old in the Bronx last February was back in court Tuesday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Listen to Our Favorite Bronx Songs

Monday, March 18, 2013

On today's show, we took calls from people who recently moved to the Bronx to mark the milestone that the borough saw its first net migration gain in decades. As we were selecting music for the segment, we came across some great songs about the Bronx. Here are some of our favorites -- suggest your own in the comments below!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Bronx Love

Monday, March 18, 2013

For the first time in a long time, census numbers show that more people moved to the Bronx than moved out. Are you one of the 115 net people who moved to BX in 2012, or part of the influx over the last five years or so? Or are you a Bronx resident who thought about leaving but decided to stay? Tell us why! Call 212-433-9692, or post your story here.

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WNYC News

Micropolis: Director Michel Gondry Takes on Bronx Teens

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Director Michel Gondry has worked with Bjork, Kanye West and Radiohead, as well as A-list actors like Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, but for his latest project, "The We and the I," he opted to cast a bunch of non-actors: regular kids living in the Bronx.

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WNYC News

Bronx Museum Continues Free Admission

Thursday, March 07, 2013

The Bronx Museum of the Arts will extend its free admission policy through 2015. That's thanks to a $500,000 gift from Shelly and Donald Rubin, the couple behind the Rubin Museum of Art.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Registering Gun Criminals

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. talks about his State of the Bronx speech, including a proposal to create a registry of criminals who use guns, like that for sex offenders.

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WNYC News

Marble Hill: Feet in Manhattan, Heart in the Bronx

Sunday, February 24, 2013

It’s been 100 years since the Marble Hill neighborhood became geographically annexed to the Bronx. But technically, it still belongs to Manhattan. And that gives its residents a bit of an identity crisis.

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WNYC News

Handcuffed 7-Year-Old Sheds Light on NYPD in Schools

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Reports about the arrest and handcuffing of a 7-year-old boy following an incident at a Bronx public school are putting a spotlight how police handle school discipline.

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WNYC News

Kingsbridge Armory Project in Limbo, Following Delays

Monday, January 28, 2013

Time is running out for one of the Bloomberg Administration's signature economic development projects.

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WNYC News

NYPD's Clean Halls Program to Resume During Appeal

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A federal judge who ruled that certain suspicion-less stops by the New York City Police Department are unconstitutional will allow the stops to resume while the city appeals the ruling.

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WNYC News

Bronx DA Talks Stop-and-Frisk, Performance Numbers

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

A federal judge in Manhattan has ruled that the NYPD acted unconstitutionally when making stops outside certain private apartment buildings in the Bronx. There, officers have to be interviewed before these types of cases proceed. Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson said that’s made a difference.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stickup Kids

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Randol Contreras, assistant professor of sociology at California State University, Fullerton, talks about his new book, The Stickup Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, and the American Dream, in which he explores the complexity of the drug trade through research in the South Bronx neighborhood where he grew up.

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WNYC News

Child Shooting Victim, Teen Suspect Separated by a Block in the Bronx

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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A five-year-old Bronx girl was shot in the stomach by a bullet police say was fired by her 18-year-old neighbor – a teen who lives around the corner in the Tremont section of the borough.

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Micropolis

Micropolis: Dinner with West Africans

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Before immigrating from West Africa to the Bronx, Rouguiatou Tounkara and her husband, Cisse Siaka, lived the kind of lives that remind you just how ferocious racial bigotry is in some parts of the world. Even for Africans living in Africa.

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Transportation Nation

NYC to Speed Travel to LaGuardia by Bus -- But did the Mayor know?

Thursday, October 11, 2012

(Photo CC by Flickr user Stephen Rees)

Here's a little insight into how New York City Hall works....

A press release went out from the mayor's office Thursday morning in which Mayor Bloomberg announced faster bus service to LaGuardia Airport beginning next year.

The bus is a so-called "select bus," now up and running in several New York boroughs.  The buses have their own lanes, off-board payment, signal priority at red lights, and other enhancements to give passengers a speedier ride.

Bloomberg has pioneered their use -- called "Bus Rapid Transit" in places like Bogota, Colombia, where the buses have their own, physically segregated lanes -- in New York City.

The Mayor was quoted prominently in the press release, saying that the new "select bus service" lines, would cut travel time, and help both airport workers and flyers.

But when Bloomberg gave a news conference later in the day, and a reporter asked him to comment about the plan, he had a hard time answering the question.

"I love select buses. I didn't know there was one. I'll have them talk to you. It's a great idea. But I just don't know - Is there an issue with it?," the Mayor said.

The reporter told him his office put out a news release about it.

"Good," Bloomberg continued. "I was on a plane, so I didn't read it. Okay. Love to help you but I can't read everything."

A spokesman for the mayor said the release was issued because the select bus service plan was mentioned Wednesday evening at a community event. He said the mayor was aware of the bus plan, but not that a press release was going out about it.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Bronx DA Changes Policy on Stop-and-Frisk

Friday, September 28, 2012

New York Times reporter Joseph Goldstein discusses changes made by the Bronx district attorney with respect to stop-and-frisk and trespassing charges.

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