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NY Funds Hospitals to Fill St. Vincent's Void

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

New York State is helping an Upper East Side hospital assume some of the functions of St. Vincent's Medical Center, as the Greenwich Village hospital prepares to close its doors for good.

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WQXR News

Wall Street Journal Launches NY Edition

Monday, April 26, 2010

Get ready for The Wall Street Journal New York edition. The Journal is launching a new section today and it's all about local news--schools, real estate, and of course City Hall.

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WNYC News

Closing of Harlem Hostel Leaves Hundreds Stranded

Friday, April 23, 2010

Hundreds of tourists were left stranded Thursday night after the city closed down the youth hostel in Harlem where they were staying.

The Department of Buildings has received dozens of complaints about the L-Hostel, alleging rooms are packed with too many people.

City Councilwoman Gale Brewer represents the Upper West ...

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Features

City Proposes Less Art for Parks' Sake

Friday, April 23, 2010

A public hearing on a new Parks Department proposal limiting the number of art vendors in public parks brought out advocates on both sides of the issue.

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Studio 360

Law and Order: Special Theater Unit

Friday, April 23, 2010

We've heard how contentious the process of confirming judges has become.  So how exactly did Denny Chin get appointed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals by a 98 to 0 vote?  Perhaps the senators took into account his extracurriculars.  Chin has led an unusual project in which lawyers create ...

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Studio 360

Horse-drawn Hummer

Friday, April 23, 2010

Last month artist Jeremy Dean drove a horse-drawn carriage through New York City.  The horses were two White Percherons - standard draft horses for Central Park.  And the carriage was a Hummer H2.

Dean's trip was equal parts performance art and sculpture.  He bought a used Hummer, sliced ...

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WQXR News

Susanna Phillips Wins Young Singers Award

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Soprano Susanna Phillips has won the Metropolitan Opera's Beverly Sills Artist Award. The Met gives out the $50,000 prize to singers between the ages of 25 and 40 who have appeared in solo roles at the Met.

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WNYC News

The Atlantic Yards Fight: Why the Last Holdout Settled

Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Daniel Goldstein, founder of Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn (Photo by Matthew Schuerman)

After seven years of fighting the Atlantic Yards Project in Brooklyn, the last remaining holdout is leaving. Daniel Goldstein, founder of the group Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, which filed several lawsuits to halt the project, has reached an agreement with developer Forest City Ratner. Goldstein will get $3 million and says he’ll leave May 7. 'It was never my goal to get that kind of settlement,' Goldstein says. 'It was never my goal to settle.'

The Atlantic Yards project withstood numerous court challenges by Goldstein and his supporters, including a decision last year by the state Court of Appeals, ruling that the use of eminent domain was justified. Also, while neither the full City Council nor state legislature voted on the plan, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three governors (George Pataki, Eliot Spitzer, and David Paterson) all supported it.

In this interview with WNYC’s Matthew Schuerman, Goldstein discusses why he did settle, what the deal means to him, what he’s learned from his long battle, and whether it was worth it.

[MP3]http://audio.wnyc.org/news/news20100422_goldstein_full.mp3[/MP3]

Matthew Schuerman: After six, maybe seven years of fighting this project, why today did you agree to leave?

Daniel Goldstein: On March 1 the state of New York took ownership of my home, and personally all that was left to fight over was how long I would have to live in my home, how long it would be before the state evicted me from what has been my home for almost exactly seven years now. And there weren’t a lot of good choices for me personally, and a decision I made today after about five hours of being in court with the other side and with the judge was that it was time for me to settle with New York State to leave my home. And what they wanted was for me to do it quickly, and that’s basically what was settled today. I would leave on May 7, and they would pay me to do that, and pay me the compensation for my apartment that I once owned but they now own.

MS: So can you tell me how much are you making on this deal?

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WNYC News

Today in History: Earth Day at 40

Thursday, April 22, 2010

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Following on the heels of the civil rights and women's rights movements of the '50s and '60s, and the Vietnam War protests, Earth Day brought the environmental movement to classrooms and cities across the country. On this day in 1970, 20 million people took part in the nation-wide day of awareness. Major pieces of environmental legislation like the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act were spurred on by the galvanizing influence of Earth Day.

From the WNYC Archives here are some voices from the first Earth Day:

On this 40th anniversary, there are events across the boroughs. Here is a partial list:

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WQXR News

NYC Doormen Won't Strike This Year

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Union members reached a new contract with building owners just after midnight.

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Studio 360

Of course, it's an honor just to be nominated...

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association announced the finalists for its television and radio news awards yesterday, and we were happy to see that Studio 360 made the list - not just once, but three times.  The show garnered nominations for Best Radio Interview, Best Radio ...

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WQXR News

Civil Rights Leader Dorothy Height, 98, Dies

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dorothy Height, one of the leading female voices of the civil rights movement, died early today of natural causes at a Washington, D.C. hospital. She was 98.

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Studio 360

V.V. Brown's Travelling Like the Light

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

After making a splash in Europe, the delightful V.V. Brown releases her first album, Travelling Like the Light, in the U.S. today.

And she'll perform a set at the Apple Store in Soho tonight at 7 p.m. (It's free!)

Not in New York City? ...

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WQXR News

De Blasio Warns Doormen May Strike

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

As a strike deadline looms at midnight tonight, some of the city's top elected officials say doormen may strike and they will support them.

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Studio 360

360 Staff Pick: A Fortunate Age

Monday, April 19, 2010

Four twenty-something women (and their lone male buddy, good-looking but a loser) navigate careers and relationships in the hippest precincts of New York. But let's be clear: Smith Rakoff's novel is not Carrie Bradshaw territory. Instead, it's an homage, 70 years later, to Mary McCarthy's satirical novel The ...

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WQXR News

Legislators Say 'No' To NY Water Tax

Monday, April 19, 2010

Legislators are coming out against a plan to raise water rates by 13 percent.

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WNYC News

Interview: Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff

Friday, April 16, 2010

WNYC's Bob Hennelly speaks with former Homeland Security Chief Michael Chertoff about the threat of a dirty bomb detonating in New York City, and how prepared we are for it.

[MP3]http://audio.wnyc.org/news/news20100416_chertoff_hennelly_web.mp3[/MP3]

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WNYC News

Carrion: New York Needs Congestion Charging

Friday, April 16, 2010

He was once Bronx Borough President. In the battle over whether charging drivers to enter Manhattan's business district was good social policy that would discourage driving, lower the city's carbon footprint, and push funds towards transit -- or unfairly penalize residents of the "outer boroughs" -- Aldofo Carrion chose the ...

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WQXR News

Grant Deadline for St. Vincent's Funding Today

Friday, April 16, 2010

Today is the deadline for hospitals and other healthcare providers to apply for state grants to transform part of St. Vincent’s Hospital into an urgent care center.

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WQXR News

City, Teachers Agree to Close 'Rubber Rooms'

Friday, April 16, 2010

Will speed up disciplinary hearings for teachers accused of misconduct or incompetence.

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