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Naked City

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Sociologist Sharon Zukin traces the economic and social evolution of six archetypal New York areas—Williamsburg, Harlem, the East Village, Union Square, Red Hook, and the city's community gardens. Her book Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places, looks at how the demand for urban "authenticity" helps ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Electric City

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

On today’s show, Sharon Zukin explains how gentrification happens and how it has changed some New York neighborhoods, from Harlem to Red Hook. Then, we’ll look at the pluses and minuses of electric cars, and find out how viable they are in the city.

Leonard Lopate has been ...

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WNYC News

Paterson Suspends Aide, Calls for Probe

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Governor Paterson says he's suspended a close aide and asked for an investigation by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. The request follows an article in today's New York Times which raises questions about the governor and state police intervening in a domestic abuse case involving the ...

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WNYC News

Counting Prisoners: The Population Politics of the Census

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

If someone is behind bars in a jail far away from home, how should they be counted by the state? The controversial prisoner census issue splits largely along an urban and rural divide. New York City politicians are pushing to end the practice of counting ...

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WNYC News

Counting Prisoners: Upstate New York Seeks Political Boost

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

If someone is behind bars in a jail far away from home, how should they be counted by the state? The controversial prisoner census issue splits largely along an urban and rural divide. New York City politicians are pushing to end the practice of counting ...

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WNYC News

Advocates Believe New York May Be Next to Legalize Medical Marijuana

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

As of last month, when New Jersey signed it into law, there are 14 states that allow the use of medical marijuana. Some people think New York could be No. 15, and are watching as a bill winds its way through the state Senate and ...

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WNYC News

St. Vincent's Hospital Workers Agree to Pay Cuts

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Doctors, nurses, and all administrators and staff at St. Vincent’s Medical Center will see their paychecks reduced for the next 120 days, in an effort to cut expenses and stave off bankruptcy. Two unions, SEIU 1199, and the New York State Nurses Association, say their ...

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WNYC News

Pedestrian Plaza Expected to Stay in Times Square

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg is expected to announce that he'll permanently make parts of Times Square into a pedestrian plaza. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein has more.

REPORTER: When Mayor Bloomberg closed Times Square to car traffic last summer, the move caused consternation among cab drivers and New Yorkers who ...

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WNYC News

Winning App Helps NYers Make Sense of City Data

Friday, February 05, 2010

City officials want to make it easier for you to get around town, and they want technology to help you do it. So last fall, Mayor Bloomberg released 170 data sets to software developers around the country and challenged them to build applications that better ...

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WNYC News

Lorraine Gordon of the Village Vanguard Celebrates the Jazz Haven's 75 Years

Thursday, February 04, 2010

"I got mixed up with my husband, that's how I got mixed up with the Vanguard."

That's Lorraine Gordon, owner of the The Village Vanguard jazz club. Later this month, the legendary spot will celebrate its 75th anniversary. The former speakeasy turned variety venue eventually became ...

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WNYC News

Governor Vetoes Ethics Bill, Says It Does Not Go Far Enough

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Gov. David Paterson vetoed the legislature's package of ethics reform, saying it "does not go far enough in addressing the corrosive effects of outside influence and internal decay," that he says plagues "Planet Albany".

Earlier in the day, the governor spoke of his concerns about the ...

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WNYC News

NY Deputy Mayor Defends School Closures

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

The city's teachers union and the NAACP are suing to stop the city from closing 19 low-performing schools. They claim the city ignored state law by not allowing enough community input and by failing to conduct a thorough study listing how each closure would affect ...

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WNYC News

Panel Issues Recommendations for Greener Buildings

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

A series of 111 recommendations has just landed on the desks of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn. The report was submitted by the NYC Green Codes Task Force, a panel of 200 experts that was convened last year with the purpose of ...

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WNYC News

White House Rethinking Site for 9/11 Trials Amid Public Outcry

Monday, February 01, 2010

There have been more and more indications in recent days that the Obama administration is reconsidering its plan to try self-proclaimed 9/11 planner Khalid Sheikh Mohamed and four alleged co-conspirators in Lower Manhattan. WNYC’s Brian Zumhagen has been following this story.

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WNYC News

Immigration Reform and Haiti Relief Among State of the City Priorities

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg will lay out priorities for his third term during the annual State of the City address today. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this preview.

REPORTER: In today's speech Mayor Bloomberg will elaborate on his inaugural address commitment to work for comprehensive immigration reform. The mayor ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Albany Budget, Ethics, and Education

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Governor Paterson unveils his new budget today as the conversation about ethics reform, education funding, and the fate of embattled state Senator Hiram Monserrate continues. NYS Senator Eric Schneiderman (D-Manhattan and Bronx) offers his take.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Newly Elected: Ydanis Rodriguez

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The new city council member for District 10, Ydanis Rodriguez, talks about representing Upper Manhattan.

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WNYC News

Winter Dowra Draws Muslims to Midtown

Monday, January 04, 2010

Converts to Islam and other Muslims gathered in midtown this weekend for the first annual Winter Dowra.

REPORTER: The three-day immersion in Muslim theology and jurisprudence was aimed at those who may have been raised as Catholics or Hindus but who turned to Islam in recent ...

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Know Your Neighbor

Samuel, The Concise Poet

Monday, December 28, 2009

Samuel Menashe of Greenwich Village writes poems. Really short poems.

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WNYC News

New Theatre Comes to 42nd Street

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Signature Theater is getting a new home on 42nd Street, with the help of a $25 million contribution from the city. The Signature Center is expected to open in 2012 and it will house three theaters, rehearsal studios, a cafe and a bookstore.

Signature is ...

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