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Irish Arts Center Gives Out Free Books for St. Patrick's Day

Thursday, March 17, 2011

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, the Irish Arts Center is giving out 10,000 free books penned by Irish and Irish-American writers on Thursday.

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What To Watch For In The Census: Borough-by-Borough

Thursday, March 03, 2011

When you look at Queens Village, you have a couple square blocks in which there are 400 residents from Central and South America; 300 from south Asia; 300 from southeast Asia; almost 200 from eastern Europe; more than 100 from the Caribbean; more than 100 from east Asia; as well as 500 born in the United States. Now that is diversity, and you don’t see that in many places in the world.

-- Sam Roberts of the New York Times, on the Brian Lehrer Show

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WNYC News

Potential Buyer Emerges for Beleaguered Bronx Buildings

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

For tenants living in 10 poorly maintained buildings in the Bronx, a new potential buyer for the buildings, which have been languishing in foreclosure, could renew the hope of those wishing to rid their apartments of conditions one official described as "disgraceful."

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WNYC News

New York Gets Money To Look at Possible Post-Sheridan Future

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The question of whether New York will tear down the “highway to nowhere” in the Bronx is closer to being answered. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that the city will receive a $1.5 million planning grant to create a neighborhood development plan for the Sheridan Expressway and Hunts Point area.

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A 10th Suspect Charged with a Hate Crime in Bronx Attacks

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The city's police department has confirmed that a tenth suspect has been arrested in the Bronx anti-gay attacks on two teens and a 30-year-old man.

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WNYC News

Juror Removed in Bronx Bombing Terror Trial

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

A juror has been removed, on the fourth day of deliberations in the trial of four men accused of attempting to bomb synagogues in the Bronx. The judge denied calls for a mistrial, and the jury will continue with the remaining 11 members.

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WQXR News

Acting Legend Tony Curtis Dies at 85

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Hollywood leading man Tony Curtis died Wednesday at the age of 85.

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Features

City Helps Preserve Hip-Hop's Humble Legacy in the Bronx

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Though it looks like any fluorescent-lit church basement, community center or public school teacher's lounge, the basement of 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx's Morris Heights neighborhood has a monumental history. It was on this unlikely linoleum floor, under the workaday dropped ceiling, that Clive Campbell a.k.a. DJ Kool Herc first set up the turntables and guitar amp that gave life to what is known now as the sound system and hip-hop music.

"He was the guy who first laid it down and played it for a party crowd," says hip-hop historian Marcus Reeves.

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WNYC News

A Garden Grows in the Bronx: The New York Botanical Garden, From Farmland to Orchid Shows

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

In the mid-1890s, a botanist from Columbia University, Nathaniel Lord Britton, toured three locations in the Bronx. He visited land which is now Van Cortland Park and the Bronx Zoo, but he was not satisfied. When Britton saw the exposed rock outcroppings, large hills and deep valleys populated with Eastern Hemlock, Sugar Maples, Gum trees and Conifer and Hardwood trees at the New York Botanical Garden’s current location, he knew he’d found the perfect spot.

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Features

The Boogie-Down Mixtape

Monday, August 02, 2010

New York City’s northern-most borough isn’t called the Boogie-Down Bronx for nothing. From hip-hop to salsa to funk to doo wop to rock to folk, the borough is packed with musical talent. We had to make some serious calls about which BX-born musicians would make the cut for our “Boogie-Down Mixtape."

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WNYC News

The South Bronx: Where Hip-Hop Was Born

Monday, August 02, 2010

Hip-hop's foundations were being laid in the 1970s, brick by brick, by DJs in the South Bronx, sometimes even in burnt out or deteriorating buildings. These pioneers invented sampling (isolating one sound and reusing it in another song) and hip-hop's other key elements through trial and error, mostly by fooling around with records at home.

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WNYC News

Bronx by the Books, Blogs and Newspapers

Monday, August 02, 2010

The Bronx's best known literary titan is probably Edgar Allan Poe, who lived in the borough from 1846 until his death in 1849. But the queen of suspense, Mary Higgins Clark, also hails from the borough, and even the neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks conducted research and worked at a local hospitals there. Below is a list of essential literature about the Bronx and by Bronx authors as well as must-read blogs and newspapers from the borough.

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Ask the Historian: Post Your Questions About the Bronx

Monday, August 02, 2010

Curious to know how the Bronx Zoo kept the American bison from going extinct or how hip-hop got started in the Bronx?

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WNYC News

Old School Hip-Hop in the Park: Mostly a Family Affair

Monday, August 02, 2010

The last night of the eighth annual hip-hop jam in Crotona Park in the Bronx came to a close last Thursday night with a performance by the one of the original rap crews, the Cold Crush Brothers.

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WNYC News

The Boogie-Down Mixtape

Monday, August 02, 2010

New York City’s northern-most borough isn’t called the Boogie-Down Bronx for nothing. From hip-hop to salsa to funk to doo wop to rock to folk, the borough is packed with musical talent. We had to make some serious calls about which BX-born musicians would make the cut for our “Boogie-Down Mixtape."

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WQXR News

Taking Tornado Warnings Seriously

Friday, July 30, 2010

It's peak season for severe summer weather. Just this week, the National Weather Service says a tornado tore through a half-mile stretch in the North Riverdale section of the Bronx, touching down along the property of the Hebrew Home for the Aged just west of Palisade Avenue on the east bank of the Hudson River.

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Taking Tornado Warnings Seriously After Bronx Storm

Thursday, July 29, 2010

It's peak season for severe summer weather. Just this week, the National Weather Service says a tornado tore through a half-mile stretch in the North Riverdale section of the Bronx, touching down along the property of the Hebrew Home for the Aged just west of Palisade Avenue on the east bank of the Hudson River.

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Transportation Nation

Bike paths, new sidewalks, street lights: Early signs of Obamacare?

Friday, April 16, 2010

(April 15, 2010 - Bronx, NY)  The Obama Administration's healthcare reform bill will be setting up insurance exchanges, making young adults eligible for coverage and ending things like lifetime caps on coverage and exclusions for people with pre-existing conditions.  But it also offers $15 billion for little things to make communities more livable.  Things like parks, bike paths and sidewalks -- ways to get around, be active and hopefully avoid illness.  Marketplace's Gregory Warner takes a walk around the South Bronx to see what change might look like.

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WNYC News

Progressive Caucus Emerges From Diverse NYC Council

Monday, March 29, 2010

Last November, several city council incumbents went down to defeat. All totaled, a quarter of the 51 member body includes newcomers. And as WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, even though the rookies have been in for just a few months, they're already shaking things up.

REPORTER: At ...

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WNYC News

State Judge Blocks NYC's Planned School Closings

Monday, March 29, 2010

Nineteen city schools that were scheduled to close have been spared by a judge’s order. The decision was handed down on Friday. It means the city now has to allow all of the schools to take new students this fall. And since 15 of those ...

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