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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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The Job Interview as Art Installation

Friday, May 01, 2009

Up at MOMA, a Kafka-inspired installation from the German artist Martin Kippenberger sits in the museum's atrium. It puts together more than 50 tables and chairs -- set up to look like settings for job interviews. Curator Ann Tempkin says the piece has a special ...

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City Health Commissioner: Flu Remains Mild

Friday, May 01, 2009

The mayor and the city health commissioner are doing their best to reassure New Yorkers about the spread of swine flu. As the number of cases continues to grow in the city and the nation, Commissioner Thomas Freiden says people should feel reassured that the ...

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Library Staff Fear Mayor's Budget Mean Cuts

Friday, May 01, 2009

The people who run the city's libraries are concerned about the job and social service cuts in Mayor Bloomberg's latest budget plan. Paul LeClerc is president of the New York Public Library and says in the last twelve months the city's three library systems have ...

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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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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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South Bronx Native on Supreme Short List

Friday, May 01, 2009

A South Bronx native is on the short list of possible replacements for Supreme Court Justice David Souter who has announced he's retiring.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, is one of several women - and the ...

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May is Bike Month

Friday, May 01, 2009

Too tired to take the subway, try pushing pedals on a two wheeler. This month is Bike Month and starting next week there will be 630 free bicycle rentals at Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. Riders must reserve their bike online first, but ...

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Mixed Media at the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts

Thursday, April 30, 2009

At the Museum of Contemporary African Diaspora Arts, there's a collaboration between the South African painter Samson Mnisi and the New York photographer Cannon Hersey. The show covers the walls of this tiny musum in Brooklyn with large, mixed media installations, made from textiles, painted ...

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Bloomberg: Swine Flu Likely at P.S. 177

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says he expects federal officials to confirm the presence of swine flu at P.S. 177 in Queens. The special ed school is blocks from Saint Francis Prep, the epicenter of New York City's outbreak. So far, there are 49 confirmed cases of swine ...

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Collapsed Building Cited in Past

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Buildings officials are working to shore up a five-story building in Lower Manhattan that partially collapsed this morning. The building, near Reade and Church Streets, was vacant, and undergoing renovations. No one was injured. Just yesterday, buildings inspectors issued citations for loose bricks and for ...

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To Mask Or Not to Mask?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

To mask or not to mask one's face, that's one question on the minds of New Yorkers thinking about the swine flu. Jeremy Beiler [BY-ler] is an actor who arrived at work on a bike in the West Village. He says he's reluctant to travel ...

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Biden Modifies Travel Advice

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Vice president Joe Biden says he's told his family to stay out of confined spaces because of swine flu, including airplanes, and mass transit.

BIDEN: I would not at this point be suggesting they ride the subway.

Biden's remarks, made this morning on NBC's Today Show, prompted ...

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Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now....

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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On a sunny Sunday at the tail-end of National Poetry Month, WNYC visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden where people lounged on the grass in the shade of the 76 flowering cherry trees planted in the Cherry Esplanade. To celebrate the season, we asked a few people to read ...

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An All-Female Take on Graffiti

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Graffiti art has as much of a following in the gallery world as it does on the streets. And, a new show in Williamsburg is presenting graffiti with a twist. In a genre dominated by men, this show is all female. WNYC's Siddhartha Mitter reports.

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Car? What Car?

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Are you getting robo calls, warning you that your car warranty is about to expire and you don't even have a car? Everyone at WNYC has been getting them. Turns out Verizon Wireless has reached a settlement with two telemarketing companies that have been offering ...

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MTA: More Deficits Loom

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says the economy is looking so bad, the agency will have a $621 million deficit this year, and a $1 billion deficit next year. But Chief Financial Officer Gary Dellaverson told MTA board members there are currently no plans for additional ...

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Bloomberg Says Local Flu is Mild

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says swine flu appears to be spreading in New York City but he says it's nothing to be alarmed about. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The mayor repeatedly emphasized that the local swine flu is mild and that people should keep going to work ...

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St. Francis Prep Students Stay Home

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

St. Francis Preparatory School will not reopen until Monday. Seventeen-year-old junior Sarah Melore has been home with a fever and cough since the weekend, and says her doctor told her yesterday she probably DOES have the swine flu although it hasn't yet been confirmed by ...

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City Investigates Special Ed School for Flu

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The city's swine flu epidemic may be spreading. City health officials are currently investigating reports of flu symptoms at the School of the Ascension, a parochial elementary school in Manhattan, and P.S. 177, a public special ed school in Queens. P.S. 177 is just blocks ...

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