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For Arab Comics, More Room for Laughter

Thursday, May 07, 2009

New York's Arab American Comedy Festival is six years old, but this year's edition is the first in a new political climate for Arab Americans. Comedian Dean Obeidallah co-founded the festival as a response to anti-Arab sentiment after 9/11. Now he says with the Bush ...

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WNYC News

Main Street NYC: Brooklyn Industries on Smith Street

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The last time I reported on Smith Street, home to many boutiques and restaurants and squeezed between Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, it was January. It was cold. And store managers complained that there was very little foot traffic. This time, I spent some time with one of ...

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WNYC News

Quinn: Don't Relocated Pre-K's to Fit Kindergarten Classes

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she's uncomfortable with the Education Department's plan to consider moving pre-kindergarten classes out of two schools in Greenwich Village to accommodate a growing number of kindergarten students.

QUINN: The plan is basically to fix the kindergarten problem by creating a ...

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WNYC News

Skelos Says MTA Plan Bad for LI Commuters

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Don't expect many New York Republicans to cross party lines and vote for the MTA rescue package. The Senate Minority Leader, Dean Skelos, says it doesn't look like much of a rescue for commuters in his Long Island district.

SKELOS: All I see is a lot ...

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WNYC News

Subway Riders Relieved Hike is Not More

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Yes, subway fares are going up, but not as much as they could have. That's the glass-is-half-full perspective of riders like Erin Roth. She's a Broadway dresser from Woodside, Queens, who buys an $81 monthly Metrocard.

ROTH: I don't think it's a bad hike, because we ...

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WNYC News

City Council Honors Gloria Steinem

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Writer and feminist Gloria Steinem was honored by the City Council today for her work advancing women's rights. Steinem says she came to the city nearly 50 years ago and still loves it.

STEINEM: New York seemed to be a free place, that's why i came ...

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WNYC News

MTA Head Says Agency is Transparent, Accountable

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Lee Sander is defending his agency against the attacks state senators have made against the MTA during the debate over a bailout package. Speaking on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, he said State Senators failed to understand just how ...

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WNYC News

NJ Budget Grows

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

New Jersey's budget picture continues to get bleaker. Actual tax collections are far short of the Corzine Administration's projections. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

According to New Jersey's non-partisan Office of Legislative Services (OLS), the state's shortfall for the current year has now tripled to $1.2 ...

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WNYC News

City Considers Bill to Restrict Cell Phone Towers

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

City lawmakers are considering a bill to make it more difficult to erect cell phone towers in the five boroughs. If passed, the measure would require that the surrounding community and local lawmakers be alerted before a new tower is installed. The companies also would ...

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WNYC News

Parents Rally Against Kindergarten Waiting Lists

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Dozens of parents rallied outside City Hall today to protest the waiting lists for kindergarten at several Manhattan schools. Rebecca Bond says her daughter is on the combined waiting list for two schools in Greenwich Village. She blames Mayor Bloomberg for not planning enough schools ...

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WNYC News

Kick Off for Kosher Tequila

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

It's Cinco de Mayo -- a celebration of Mexican independence and culture and a day to introduce what its creators claim is the world's first kosher Tequila. Star Industries President Marty Silver says the new product isn't just for Cinco de Mayo in Boro Park:

SILVER: ...

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WNYC News

Law Proposes More Oversight of Education Department

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Two state lawmakers from New York City are introducing a bill that would subject the Department of Education to more scrutiny. Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman says the legislation he co-sponsored with Assemblyman Daniel Squadron addresses a gray area that came about when the mayor was ...

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WNYC News

"Billy Elliot" Leads Tony Nominations

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Born to Boogie and perhaps, Born for Awards? That's the question being asked of the Broadway musical, "Billy Elliot," which leads the pack among the shows receiving a Tony Award nomination this morning. The show, a transplant from England, received 15 nods. "Next to Normal" ...

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WNYC News

Silver Not Satisfied With MTA Plan

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver says the MTA bailout deal that Senate Democrats tentatively agreed to last night does not have enough money for capital projects.

SILVER: I am mindful of the 70s when the system was allowed to deteriorate and I think what ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Change in Brooklyn

Monday, May 04, 2009

Actress and activist Rosie Perez and writer and filmmaker Nelson George discuss the importance of mom and pop shops, stoops, civic gathering places, and neighborhood character in a changing city.

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Help produce WNYC’s neighborhood preservation event this Thursday; join the Public Insight Network and suggest topics and ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Urban Exploration

Monday, May 04, 2009

Built in 1844, the Atlantic Avenue Tunnel is officially the world's oldest subway tunnel. Bob Daimond is founder of the Brooklyn Historic Railway Assocation and conducts tours of the tunnel.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Brooklyn Food Conference

Friday, May 01, 2009

The Brooklyn Food Conference brings together food activists, local farmers, health advocates, academics, union leaders and restaurateurs to discuss the challenges facing the global food economy, and what that means for New York. We’ll be joined by conference organizer Nancy Romer and chef Bill Telepan.

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WNYC News

Immigrants Rally for Equal Rights

Friday, May 01, 2009

Immigrants demanding equal rights and fair treatment rallied at Madison Square Park in Manhattan today. A woman who would only identify herself as Mary from Zimbabwe held up a sign that read stop separating families. She says she wants to bring her children and grandchildren ...

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Cuomo Issues Subpoenas in Pension Fund Investigation

Friday, May 01, 2009

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has announced he is issuing subpoenas to more than 100 investment firms and their representatives. It's a new line of inquiry in the fast-moving investigation into alleged corruption at the New York State and City pension funds.

In a conference call today, ...

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WNYC News

D-Day for the College Bound

Friday, May 01, 2009

Today is the deadline at many colleges and universities for incoming freshmen to decide whether to accept offers of admissions. It’s been an unusually competitive year because of a boomlet in students applying to colleges, and because families hit hard by the economy have fewer ...

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