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Mayor Declares Times Square Street Closure a Hit

Thursday, February 11, 2010

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The deck chairs and umbrellas that began populating Times Square last spring will become a permanent fixture on Broadway, at least as long as Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in office. The mayor ...

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WNYC News

Marking 75 Years of Urban Lore: Alligators in the Sewers Day

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

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It's the stuff of New York legend: alligators in the sewer. Maybe it's an it's urban myth -- unlike recent tales of coyotes in the city -- but Manhattan Borough Historian, Michael Miscione, can trace the origins of this particular tale.

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WNYC News

Downtown Protestors Rally Against MTA Service Cuts

Thursday, February 04, 2010

(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(Mario Tama/Getty Images)

by Radhika Marya

Commuters, elected officials, and transportation advocates are rallying against proposed mass transit cuts, a day after the MTA announced it was facing a new $400 million deficit.

Protesters ...

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WNYC News

Explaining the MTA's Stimulus Choices

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Beame Shuffle. It's a phrase that came about in the 1970s when Mayor Abe Beame used federal money to prevent a fare increase on the subway. MTA chairman Jay Walder's resurrected the term this year to warn of taking similar steps with federal stimulus money.

"We spent more than ...

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WNYC News

Waiting for the MTA Service Cuts

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The M6 is one of 18 bus routes that would be cut.

The M6 is one of 18 bus routes that would be cut.

The MTA's vote last month on bus and subway service cuts shocked everyone. But it is a long and winding ...

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Transportation Nation

The Takeaway: 'This is Not Your Father's DOT': Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The federal government is on the verge of spending billions of dollars on highways and public transit projects, beginning in 2010. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood views this as a historic moment in American history, when federal money will back policy aimed at getting Americans off the highways, out of our cars and into public transit and high-speed rail. LaHood steps through the many areas of American life in which he's now shaping policy.

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Transportation Nation

The Takeaway: New York Mayor Bloomberg at Climate Talks in Copenhagen

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in Copenhagen this week to take part in the Climate Summit for Mayors.  Last week, the Mayor passed his Greener, Greater, Buildings Plan, and this week he hopes to inspire leaders from other cities to follow suit.  With cities around the worldproducing more than 80 percent of the global carbon dioxide emissions, changes in urban systems can have green effects globally.  We speak with Bloomberg from Copenhagen.

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WNYC News

Battle Brews Over Gowanus Canal Clean-Up

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

(by Stephen Nessen)

Oil and debris in the Gowanus Canal (by Stephen Nessen)

The Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn is a polluted industrial waterway, and it has been for most of its 140 years. Bill Appel found this out after buying a house in ...

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The Takeaway

Buffett's Big Bankroll Buys Burlington Northern, Bets Bituminous

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Yesterday, Berkshire Hathaway, the investment vehicle of billionaire Warren Buffett, announced it is buying up the remaining shares of railroad company Burlington Northern. It's a big bet on American rail, and a big bet on the American economy. It's also a telling sign of Buffett's belief that Americans aren't quite ready to go green, since almost half of Burlington Northern's cargo last year was coal. We speak to Phillip Longman, senior research fellow at the New America Foundation and author of “The Next Progressive Era: A Blueprint for Broad Prosperity.” Also with us is T.J. Stiles, author of “The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.”

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WNYC News

Digital Clocks Coming to Subway Stations Soon

Friday, October 02, 2009

Furtive glances down darkened subway tunnels may be a thing of the past, now that the MTA has set a timeline for installing countdown clocks. They'll display how long until the next train arrives. The authority says more than 150 stations, along the numbered lines will have clocks up and ...

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WNYC News

Don't Freeze This Fall, The Heat is Supposed to be On

Friday, October 02, 2009

(Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

(Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)


Cold weather is setting in and so is the city's official 'heat season.' That's the period between October and May when landlords must make sure their buildings are warm ...

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WNYC News

Don't Be Alarmed By That Citrus Smell

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

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The The city's Office of Emergency Management says that a planned natural gas release may cause a citrus smell in neighborhoods in upper Manhattan and the Bronx.

On Tuesday morning, a utility company will conduct a routine, ...

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WNYC News

The End of Suburban Sprawl?

Tuesday, September 29, 2009


Supporters of a proposed development in Nassau County say they’ve found the answer to suburban sprawl: a concentrated mixture of apartments, offices and retail spaces called The Lighthouse at Long Island. There’s just one hitch: How to get there.

WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman has this report.

REPORTER: The head of Nassau County’s government, Tom Suozzi, is driving through Garden City, Long Island, a wealthy enclave with five-bedroom homes set back from tree-lined streets.

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WNYC News

Is the Eminent Domain Process Fair?

Monday, September 28, 2009

As Mayor Bloomberg campaigns for a third term largely on his record of economic development, his Democratic opponent Bill Thompson says ordinary New Yorkers have been left out of the decision-making process. Whether the city's use of eminent domain for economic development is unfair was up for debate today as ...

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WNYC News

New York Moves Closer to Natural Gas Drilling Upstate

Monday, September 28, 2009

New York State will move a step closer this week to opening up the Catskills and the Southern Tier to natural gas drilling, as a key environmental assessment is made public. WNYC's Ilya Marritz explains.

REPORTER: Property owners, energy companies and environmentalists have been waiting more than a ...

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WNYC News

Atlantic Yards Arena Morphs--Again

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

New designs for the Atlantic Yards arena--the first 'official' ones since Frank Gehry left the project in June--came out today. Here's our report:

Since a picture's worth a thousand words, we reproduce one here. It's by Ellerbe Becket and SHoP Architects:

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The Takeaway

Wendell Pierce: Rebuilding New Orleans

Monday, August 31, 2009

Actor and New Orleans native Wendell Pierce is probably best known for his role as the cigar-smoking, hard-drinking detective William "Bunk" Moreland on HBO's critically acclaimed drama "The Wire." Since the end of that series, though, Pierce has been keeping busy: in between stage performances in New York City and his work on "Treme," a new HBO drama by David Simon, Pierce has been building affordable, eco-friendly, sustainable homes for a New Orleans neighborhood whose residents were displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

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The Takeaway

New Orleans: Four Years After Katrina

Monday, August 31, 2009

Four years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall on the Gulf Coast, sending an enormous storm surge into the Mississippi river delta. By the time the winds died down, hundreds of thousands of residents of New Orleans were displaced and whole neighborhoods were destroyed. This week, we’ll be looking at New Orleans four years later. It’s now the fastest growing large city in America, and today we talk to three residents who are making new beginnings in the city.  

Clarence White was forced out of his Gentilly home during Hurrican Katrina. He was evacuated to Michigan, lived in a FEMA trailer for a time, and this month is finally planning to move back into his old house.
 
Allen Darnell is the COO of iSeatz, a software development company based in New Orleans. The company had to move to New York after the storm, but has now returned to New Orleans. 

Duke Bradley took over a failing public elementary school in the Ninth Ward and started Mays Prep Academy, a charter elementary school. This is the school’s first year, and he’s the principal.

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WNYC News

Pols Break Ground on East River Promenade

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

"There'll be gigantic chaises, where you can look south into the harbor. And then you go to the upper level, where you'll have giant lawns to sunbathe and one of the most spectacular views in the whole world."

According to Mayor Bloomberg, the esplanade will eventually connect to Battery ...

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WNYC News

Silverstein: Paterson's Demands Mean Loss of Towers

Tuesday, August 04, 2009


Governor Paterson is threatening to come up with a World Trade Center plan that does not include developer Larry Silverstein's office towers, as the negotiations between the developer and the Port Authority continue to drag on. The governor says he doesn't want the negotiations to continue delaying ...

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