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The Takeaway

What's Next for the Occupy Wall Street Movement?

Monday, October 03, 2011

The Occupy Wall Street protests have been gaining momentum since they began in downtown Manhattan two weeks ago. More than a few pundits have noted the leaderless movement is using Arab Spring-style tactics as their inspiration. Like the protests in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Occupy Wall Street supporters are extremely adept at using social media to spread their message. Their camp in the Financial District's Zuccotti Park is impressively organized, with a reception area, media zone, medical clinic, library and cafeteria. But despite structure on the ground, one criticism that’s been repeatedly levied at them is their lack of unified demands. The protesters want to end greed and corruption but don’t necessarily agree as to what that means in practice. 

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WNYC News

More Rain on the Way for NY, NJ

Friday, September 23, 2011

Heavy rain is renewing concerns about flooding in New York and New Jersey — and the metropolitan area is under a flood watch through Saturday evening.

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WNYC News

Bloomberg: Job Creation Key to Fighting Rising Poverty

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said job creation is key to help tamp down the city's swelling poverty numbers, and that the city has some of the strongest social safety net programs in the country.

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The Takeaway

Protests at UN Over Palestinian Statehood Bid

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Among the multitude of serious issues facing this week's meeting of the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council, none has been the focus of as much attention as the Palestinian bid for statehood. The Palestinians will ask for UN membership, something the General Assembly anticipated in Resolution 181 in 1947, which partitioned Palestine into Jewish and Arab states. Many groups are protesting outside the UN headquarters in New York in advance of the application.

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Schoolbook

SAT and AP Test Scores Remain Mostly Steady in New York City

Friday, September 16, 2011

More students are taking AP exams, more Hispanics are taking the SAT, and overall scores have hardly budged for New York high school test takers.

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The Takeaway

GOP Candidate Bob Turner Nabs Weiner's Congressional Seat

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Yesterday, there was a special election for the New York Congressional seat left vacant by disgraced Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner. The largely Democratic district would logically have gone to Democratic Assemblyman David Weprin, but due to myriad political factors Republican businessman Bob Turner won the race.

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The Takeaway

Democrats May Lose New York, Nevada House Seats Today

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Two special elections for Congressional seats scheduled for today could end in losses for Democrats. In New York City, Rep. Anthony Weiner's old seat is up for grabs. Republican Bob Turner, a 70 year old businessman without any government experience, is facing off against State Assemblyman David Weprin. If Turner is elected, he will be the first Republican to represent this part of Queens in the House since 1920. Acorss the country in Nevada, Republican Mark Amodei is comfortable leading Democrat Kate Marshall in the Second Congressional District.

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The Takeaway

The Economic Cost of 9/11

Friday, September 09, 2011

The events of September 11, 2001 amounted to unfathomable costs, in terms of lives and families forever torn apart, not to mention the physical and emotion after effects that continue to haunt the survivors of 9/11. In addition to that, there was an economic cost to 9/11 — one that is almost equally unfathomable.

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The Takeaway

New York, Washington Face 9/11 Terrorism Threat

Friday, September 09, 2011

Last night, as President Obama was giving his jobs speech, federal authorities were confirming reports that there is a specific, credible terrorist threat for the New York City and District of Columbia areas this coming weekend. Counterterrorism officials are investigating a possible truck bomb, and New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a press conference last night that he would increase security in the city, and that residents should keep their "eyes wide open."

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The Takeaway

How 9/11 Changed Comedy

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Life changed for most Americans after 9/11, but comedians faced a very specific dilemma: when and how to make people laugh again. Comedic television programs like "Saturday Night Live" and "The Daily Show" struggled with this question as they began their fall seasons in late September of 2001, and comedians like Gilbert Gottfried faced decisions on whether it was appropriate to joke about 9/11 when performing live.

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Features

Farms Struggle to Assess Damage Caused by Tropical Storm Irene

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Tropical Storm Irene officially left the area on Sunday. But farmers, like Cheryl Rogowski, who owns a 150-acre farm in Orange County, are just beginning to assess the damage that the storm has wrought on their crops.

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The Takeaway

Recovering From Irene

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hurricane Irene swept through the Northeast last weekend with a fury that destroyed homes, roads, towns, and took lives. Now, people in towns and cities across the region are coping with the clean-up process. The storm hit places in Vermont and upstate New York particularly hard.

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Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Matt Savage Trio

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

At 19, jazz prodigy Matt Savage is at work on his ninth album, which includes a five-part tribute to New York City. Download "Big Apple Blues" for free here, or check him out at the Iridium jazz club Wednesday night.

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The Takeaway

Why Hurricane Irene Did (or Did Not) Prove Forecasters Wrong

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

In preparing for Hurricane Irene’s weekend arrival, communities along the East Coast prepared for the worst. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg insisted on Friday that New Yorkers "must, I repeat the word 'must,' evacuate beginning tomorrow and complete the process by 8pm tomorrow night." But his historic preparations turned out to be for a less-than-historic storm, at least in New York City. While all Americans are glad that the loss of life, property and infrastructure was relatively minimal, many people are now wondering: why was Irene so much less the threat we were told it would be?

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Features

Broadway, Museums, Parks, Casinos Re-Open After Irene

Monday, August 29, 2011

Broadway theaters, museums and parks in New York are back open on Monday after Tropical Storm Irene forced them to shut down over the weekend. The U.S. Open started on Monday, as planned. Casinos are also back open in New Jersey and Connecticut.

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Transportation Nation

NYC Subway Service To Resume 6am Monday

Sunday, August 28, 2011

The MTA using portable water pumps to pump out tracks at 145th St. and Lenox Ave. (Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Leonard Wiggins)

This just in from Governor Andrew Cuomo's office:

RESTORATION OF SUBWAY SERVICE WILL BEGIN MONDAY MORNING

Buses Already Running in NYC; SI Railway Returns at Midnight Tonight

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chairman Jay Walder tonight announced that the MTA will begin restoration of service on the subway system at 6:00 a.m. on Monday. The subway restoration is part of an MTA service plan that will restore some service to the subways, buses, and SI Railway by the morning rush. Damage assessment is continuing on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, which was hit hard by widespread flooding and mudslides.

Governor Cuomo said, "Today government worked. Days of preparation and coordination prevented much injury and loss. The MTA will begin resumption of subway service Monday morning. I applaud the good work of the thousands of MTA professionals, National Guard and first responders for their advanced planning. Suspending service allowed the MTA to secure equipment, thus expediting the return to service. None of us should underestimate the damage caused by Hurricane Irene. One thing we can all be proud of is how New Yorkers came together as one. In the darkest hours New Yorkers shine the brightest. They did once again."

MTA Chairman Jay H. Walder said, “We still have a lot of work to do in parts of our 5,000-mile territory that were hit extremely hard by the storm, but we can now see very visible progress. Customers should stay tuned to mta.info for the latest updates."

Service Plan for Monday Morning Subways: With limited exceptions, service will resume across the subway system at 6:00 a.m. Monday morning. Service will be less frequent than normal, and customers should expect longer waits and more crowded trains. Frequency of service will improve over the course of the day.

· Exceptions:

o 3 trains will operate between 137th Street/City College and New Lots Avenue; Substitute bus service will be provided between Harlem 148th Street and 135th Street connecting with the 2 train.
o C trains suspended; A trains will make all local stops from 207th St. to Lefferts Blvd.

§ No service in the Rockaways. (Rockaway Blvd. to Far Rockaway and Rockaway Park)

o 6 trains runs local in the Bronx
o 7 trains run local
o S Franklin Avenue Shuttle (FAS) Suspended
o N trains terminate at Kings Highway. Shuttle bus service between Kings Highway and Stillwell Terminal.

· The Staten Island Railway will resume normal service at midnight tonight.

Buses: Limited bus service was restored in all five boroughs of New York City earlier this evening. Service levels will continue to increase but may not reach normal levels tomorrow.

Bridges and Tunnels: All MTA Bridges and Tunnels are open as of 7:00 p.m.

Access-a-Ride and Able Ride are expected to be operating normal service beginning at noon tomorrow. In the morning, these services will help return evacuees to their homes.

Additional details on Metro-North and LIRR service will be provided as soon as they become available.

The MTA’s regular fare and toll policy will resume tomorrow morning at 5:00 a.m.

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The Takeaway

Seneca Village: Lost History Under New York's Central Park

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

For residents and tourists, New York’s Central Park is a much-loved haven from the noise of the concrete jungle. Thirty-five million people visit the park each year, but few of them know about Seneca Village, a community of African-Americans and Irish immigrants who lived there before the city created the park in 1857. This summer, New York City gave a team of archaeologists, students and historians permission to excavate parts of the park and uncover artifacts from the lives of the Seneca Village residents. Today, if you're lucky enough to be in New York, you can attend an open house at the site.

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WNYC News

CSEA Union Set to Announce Results on Contract Vote

Monday, August 15, 2011

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Under threat of nearly 10,000 layoffs, members of New York's largest public employees' union will soon find out the status of a new five-year contract with New York State.

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WNYC News

After a Little More Than A Year, Deputy Mayor Leaves Bloomberg Administration

Thursday, August 04, 2011

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Stephen Goldsmith, New York City's Deputy Mayor for Operations, is leaving after just over a year on the job. Goldsmith will be pursuing unnamed  “private-sector opportunities in infrastructure finance.”

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Features

NEA Says US Cultural Sectors Primed the Pump by $278 Billion

Friday, July 22, 2011

The report, "Arts and the GDP: Value Added by Selected Cultural Industries," drew on data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and looked at the performing arts, museum, sports, motion picture, sound recording and publishing industries.

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