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WNYC News

A Day at the Beach, and a Time to Reflect

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day weekend may be the unofficial start to the summer beach season, but it’s also a time of reflection.

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All Ears with Terrance McKnight

Fighting for the Write

Saturday, May 24, 2014

All Ears pauses this weekend to single out a few composers who enlisted in the service of their country. In essence, these musicians were willing to die to protect their ability to practice their craft.

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WNYC News

A 40-Year Tradition, One Sunset at a Time

Friday, May 23, 2014

WNYC

Martin Hume, 93, wanted to honor two friends who died in Word War II. So the veteran started a flag ceremony that takes place every evening of the summer season.

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The Takeaway

Author and Veteran Kevin Powers, 40 Years Later: The Watergate Hearings, "Arrested Development" Returns

Monday, May 27, 2013

40 Years Later: The Watergate Hearings | The Return of "Arrested Development" | The Post-Sandy Recovery of New York and New Jersey's Coastlines | Author and Veteran Kevin Powers Reflects on Memorial Day | Have the Boy Scouts Gone Far Enough? | Intense Rioting and Unrest in Sweden | A Plaza Towers Elementary School Teacher on Moving Forward

Soundcheck

Steve Martin: Our Wild and Crazy Guest

Monday, May 27, 2013

Stuck in transit this Memorial Day weekend? Take our hourlong special with America's funniest banjo player with you.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Remembering a Friend

Friday, May 24, 2013

To tie together some strands we've been following this week on obituaries, friendship, and the start of the Memorial Day holiday, we'll take your calls about a friend you've lost and how you mark their passing and the impact they had on you.  Call us at 212-433-WNYC (9692) to commemorate a friend.

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Features

WNYC's Complete Guide to Memorial Day

Thursday, May 23, 2013

We've broken down the best of the boroughs day by day - so you have no excuse to do nothing.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: The Case for Foreign Aid

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Which president said - “U.S. assistance is essential to express and achieve our national goals in the international community — a world order of peace and justice"? Richard Nixon. 

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WNYC News

Memorial Day Around New York

Monday, May 28, 2012

New York City's Memorial Day observances included both parades and solemn ceremonies. And with sunny skies and temperatures reaching the mid-80s, thousands of people spent their Memorial Day holiday at New York's parks and beaches.

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The Takeaway

The History of Memorial Day

Monday, May 28, 2012

It’s Memorial Day, a day that Americans often conflate with Veterans Day. Just to clarify: Memorial Day, once known as Decoration Day, was founded just after the Civil War; Veterans Day, once known as Armistice Day, was founded after World War I. Veterans Day is in November; Memorial Day, of course, is the last Monday in May. Kenneth C. Davis, author "Don't Know Much About History," gives a more comprehensive history of the origins and evolution of Memorial Day.

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The Takeaway

Record Number of Veterans Applying for Disability

Monday, May 28, 2012

Of the 1.6 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, nearly half are applying for disability benefits. New numbers show that 45 percent of vets are claiming service-related psychological and physical injuries. That's far more than ever before. So why now? Greg Jacob is a combat veteran and the policy director for Service Women's Action Network.

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WNYC News

Bedford Stuyvesant Holds First Memorial Day Parade

Monday, May 28, 2012

Bedford Stuyvesant is holding its first veterans’ Memorial Day Parade Monday where a granite veterans' memorial will be unveiled.

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The Choral Mix with Kent Tritle

A Memorial Day Tribute

Sunday, May 27, 2012

This week on The Choral Mix, Kent Tritle honors fallen soldiers with a special Memorial Day program. Highlights include works by Ralph Vaughn Williams and Paul Moravec.

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WNYC News

Beaches, Parks and Zombies: How to Spend the Weekend

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Memorial Day weekend marks the official start of summer, and with that all public beaches in New York City are officially open. But there will be plenty of other things to do this weekend, if the beach isn't your scene.

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Movies on the Radio

War Memorial

Saturday, May 26, 2012

David Garland presents highlights from several war movie scores, including Elmer Bernstein's "The Great Escape," Jerry Goldsmith's "Patton" and John Williams's "Saving Private Ryan."

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WNYC News

Air Show Flies High Over Jones Beach

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Hundreds of thousands are expected to attend the annual air show at Jones Beach on Long Island on Memorial Day Weekend.

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Schoolbook

Fleet Week and a Long Holiday Weekend

Friday, May 25, 2012

It's Memorial Day weekend, and while some people may be planning a brief escape or time to relax, the three-day holiday is also an opportunity for learning about history.

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Transportation Nation

Live NY Traffic Map...And Everything You Need to Know to Stay Sane on the Roads & Rails This Weekend

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Traffic started backing up on Thursday afternoon along the blocks approaching the entrance to the Holland Tunnel in Manhattan. (Photo by Kate Hinds.)

The American Automobile Association projects 34.8 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during the four-day Memorial Day holiday weekend, an increase of 1.2 percent - or 500,000 travelers - from the 34.3 million people who traveled one year ago.  That's despite relatively high gas prices (though they're a bit lower than they were last year at this time.)

In the New York-NJ-PA region, some 3.7 million Americans are expected to drive to their Memorial Day weekend destinations, the AAA says.

NY-NJ Port Authority spokesman Steve Coleman says that bi-state authority is "expecting about 5 million people to travel either by air or car thru our facilities, either the crossings over the Hudson River, or through any of our major airports." He said that's about a three percent increase over 2011 numbers.

Travelers will no doubt be fleeing New York by every mechanized means possible. If you live in the New York region, below is a handy guide for planning your escape.

If you're driving, the NYC DOT will show you just how agonizing your trip will be via its live traffic cams.

(While we're at, California readers can check here. )

The NY MTA will be adding extra trains for the Memorial Day weekend. For details, go here.  You can also subscribe to the authority's free email or text message alerts, or use Tripplanner+ (see top right hand column) to plan your ride ahead of time.

New York City Subway

Subway customers are reminded to use the A, C, D or Q instead of the B. They should also take the J instead of the Z.   Passengers can bring bikes on the subway, 24-7.

Metro-North Railroad

Beginning at noon on Friday, Metro-North will offer extra early afternoon departures from Grand Central Terminal on all three lines – Hudson, Harlem and New Haven.  No bikes on trains scheduled to depart Grand Central Terminal between 12 Noon and 8:30 PM on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.

MTA Bridges and Tunnels

MTA Bridges and Tunnels will suspend all routine maintenance work beginning 1 p.m. on Friday through the end of the morning rush on Tuesday. Reminder: speed up your trip by using E-ZPass.

Long Island Rail Road

The LIRR will be adding extra trains on Friday.  No bikes on many LIRR trains this weekend (regulations here.)  Monday's train operate on a Sunday schedule.

Staten Island Railway

MTA Staten Island Railway will add extra trains on Friday beginning at 2:30 p.m. from the St. George Ferry Terminal. There will be one express train and one local train awaiting every boat until 7:50 p.m.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will be suspending all routine maintenance work on its bridges and tunnels, and all of its toll booths will be at "full staff." Go here to sign up for travel alerts about traffic conditions at Port Authority crossings.

The agency’s airports are expected to carry 1.53 million passengers. New customer service representatives will be deployed at airports to help passengers navigate terminals and find things like rest rooms, bus stops and taxi stands.

Sign up here for Airport Alerts that send info about weather delays, parking lot capacity, and AirTrain service delays. 

The PATH train will run extra trains as necessary on Friday. On Monday, trains will run on a Sunday schedule. Travelers can also text their origin and destination on the PATH system to 266266, and receive up-to-date service information.

New Jersey Transit will suspend all construction on state highways from 6 a.m. Friday until noon Tuesday.

 

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Features

Museums Free to Military Personnel and Their Families

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim and the New Museum are among the roughly 40 museums in New York City that will offer free admission to active-duty military service members and their families — including those active in the Reserves and the National Guard — this summer. See a list of some of the participating Tri-State area museums.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Political Climate

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today, takes a look at post-Memorial Day politics.

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