New York City


Judge: "City Does Not Have an Adequate Plan" for Evacuating Vulnerable During Disasters

Thursday, November 07, 2013

A federal judge has ruled that New York City is not adequately prepared to evacuate disabled residents during emergencies, a problem that came to the forefront during Sandy and Irene.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

De Blasio Time Capsule: How Will NYC Be Different in 2017?

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Bill de Blasio is New York City's next mayor. Now, make your bold predictions for our 2013 time capsule: How will New York City be different in four years? Post your specific predictions here and we'll bury it on the internet, not be touched until we open it back up in 2017...

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The Takeaway

Is Body Image A Public Health Issue?

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Should body image be viewed as a public health issue? And if yes, is city hall the best forum to discuss these issues? The Takeaway is joined by Samantha Levine, an aide to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who conceived of the NYC Girls Project and is serving as its project director. And Emily Rems is managing editor of Bust, a magazine that covers news and culture from feminist perspective. They feature models and editorial content with a wide range of women and body types.

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City Close to Hitting 911 Response Goal

Friday, June 14, 2013

The city's goal of responding to serious medical emergencies in 10 minutes or less 90 percent of the time is close to success — but isn't there yet, according to a report released Friday by the Independent Budget Office.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Candidate de Blasio

Monday, June 10, 2013

Our series of interviews with the major candidates for mayor continues. Today, NYC public advocate Bill de Blasio discusses his campaign for the Democratic nomination.

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One NY Artist: Illustrator James Gulliver Hancock

Saturday, June 01, 2013

There are thousands of artists in New York City. Some are famous internationally, while others are scratching out a living while perfecting their craft in basements or on stage. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.



Study Finds Fault with Grading System of Public Schools

Thursday, March 28, 2013

New York City’s system for awarding letter grades A through F to public high schools needs some tweaking, according to a study commissioned by the nonprofit New Visions for Public Schools.



The Cicadas Are Coming!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Lurking in the ground beneath our feet, waiting in their burrows for the first signs of spring are tens of millions of cicadas.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Candidate Joe Lhota

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Joseph Lhota, former MTA chairman and chief executive officer, talks to Brian Lehrer about running to be the Republican candidate for New York City mayor.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Candidate Tom Allon

Monday, February 18, 2013

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WQXR Features

A New Yorker's Christmas

Monday, December 24, 2012

One of the great WQXR traditions: Host Nimet Habachy's reflections on Christmas in New York.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Being Honest About Life In New York

Friday, December 14, 2012

If you moved to NY from somewhere else in the US, what peculiarities about NY life would seem preposterous to your family and friends back home? Are you honest when you tell them about how much you eat out, how much you walk, or the size of your apartment?  Post here or call 212-433-9692.

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A Glimpse Into the City's Lowest Household Median Income Neighborhood

Thursday, December 06, 2012

A Coney Island neighborhood that stretches along the waterfront is where the city's lowest median household income residents can be found. According to the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, households here take in around $9,500 a year.


The Takeaway

Small Business Owners Cope with Loss

Friday, November 02, 2012

Despite the optimistic outlook that the urgent need to rebuild after Hurricane Sandy will result in the creation of jobs, small businesses in New York have taken a huge hit.  New York City small business owners Dawn Casale, and Sherry Delamarter share the impact Sandy has had on their livelihoods, and how they are moving forward in her aftermath.

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The Civic Wit of Humorist Harry Hershfield

Monday, October 15, 2012


"New York City Mayors I Have Known" might be the better title for this 1954 installment of Campus Press Conference featuring guest Harry Hershfield -- columnist, cartoonist, and "Toastmaster Extraordinary."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Twitter #borderq's

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Upper West Side or Harlem? Flatbush or Midwood? Matthew Hyland, a volunteer for Google Maps, answered questions from our listeners during the show about New York City's disputed neighborhood borders. Now, we're hoping you can answer the ones we couldn't get to on Twitter.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New York's Worst Landlord

Friday, March 30, 2012

Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at the Village Voice, and Harold Shultz, senior fellow at the Citizens Housing and Planning Council and former special counsel at the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, discuss CUNY and City Limitsinvestigation into Frank Palazzolo,  the Bronx's "phantom landlord," and how to protect tenants from similar circumstances.  

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The Takeaway

'The Bonfire of the Vanities,' 25 Years Later

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Twenty-five years ago, in 1987, a novel called “The Bonfire of the Vanities” was published. Written by Tom Wolfe, the book touched on issues of class privilege, racism, greed, and politics, and came to define an era in New York City and in America. A quarter century later, the BBC is looking back on “The Bonfire of the Vanities” with journalist and personal finance expert Alvin Hall. How much has changed in New York in the years since it was published, and how much is the same?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Life with Joseph Heller

Friday, December 02, 2011

Erica Heller tells about growing up with her iconic father, Joseph Heller, and the rest of her family, which could be by turns caring, infuriating, and exasperating, and anything but dull. Her memoir, Yossarian Slept Here: When Joseph Heller Was Dad, the Apthorp Was Home, and Life Was a Catch-22, details the Hellers’ charmed but turbulent lives.

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Friday, October 08, 2010

One tidy mathematical formula may hold the key to how cities work. We take to the streets to test the numbers, & ask what really makes cities tick.

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