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What Exactly Is an Urgent Care Center?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

(Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

'An urgent care center is not what this community needs. They’re trying to throw us a bone!'

That’s a doctor earlier this week protesting the closure of St. ...

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Hold Your Horses: City Raises Price of Carriage Ride

Thursday, April 15, 2010

(Photo by Ben Moran)

(Photo by Ben Moran)

New York's horse carriage industry is getting its first rate increase in 23 years. The city council passed legislation that will increase the rate of a ride from $34 for 30 minutes to $50 for 20 minutes. ...

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WNYC News

A Wet 'n' Wild Press Junket

Thursday, April 15, 2010

The city's Department of Environmental Protection is preparing itself for a public drubbing, come May. That's when hearings will be held by the Water Board in all five boroughs, over a proposed water rate hike of 12.9%. The rate is set to go up as of July, and one imagines that there aren't that many citizen-defenders of the increase lining up.

In anticipation of the criticism, the DEP is trying to build up goodwill for the multi-billion dollar projects it's undertaking. Yesterday a bunch of reporters and photographers were given a tour of the Croton Water Filtration plant, which is under construction in the Bronx and which has added $177 to the average household's annual water bill.

Bottom line of the press junket: Here are your rate hike dollars at work.


photos by Arun Venugopal

The Croton plant is in the Bronx, a few steps from the end of the No. 4 subway line. Right now, the nine-acre project zone is chaotic: Cement trucks drive in and out, along with front loaders, and there are about two dozen cranes looming over the site. In time, however, the $2.8 billion project will be invisible, as the filtration plant will be concealed beneath a driving range. The DEP says the plant's green roof--essentially the grassy lawns for all those golf balls--will be the largest in the city.

Water has been flowing through the area from upstate for years. In 1890, the New Croton Aqueduct was constructed, and that's been in use since then, having replaced the original Croton Aqueduct, which was completed in 1842. But the DEP says new, elaborate filtration systems are required to bring the city in line with federal EPA standards. The new plant will also have an ultra-violet irradiation system, to destroy giardia parasites and other evil things.

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WQXR News

Trial of 9-11 Plotter May Still Be In NYC

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Attorney General Eric Holder says New York City is still "not off the table" as a place to try alleged 9-11 plotter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

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WQXR News

City Says Judge Is Slowing Down WTC Case

Thursday, April 15, 2010

New York City attorneys say a federal judge inappropriately "inserted himself" in settlement negotiations with more than 10,000 9/11 responders and workers who claim they got sick working at Ground Zero.

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Studio 360

Next to Normal Wins a Pulitzer

Monday, April 12, 2010

A rock musical about a bipolar suburban housewife?  Admit it, you doubted the success of “Next to Normal” too.  But 11 Tony nominations (3 wins) and 400+ performances later, the show is still rocking.  And it just won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

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WNYC News

Powell Says He Will Challenge Rangel in Primary

Monday, April 12, 2010

One of Harlem's biggest political names is going up against another.

Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV says he will challenge longtime Congressman and fellow Democrat Charles Rangel in the primary this fall. Powell says the multiple ethics probes Rangel faces, and Rangel's decision to step down as chairman of the ...

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WQXR News

New Plastic Recycling Rules Introduced

Monday, April 12, 2010

The city council is proposing to expand the kinds of plastic that can be recycled.

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Governor's Island Moves Under City Control

Monday, April 12, 2010

Governor's Island will soon be exclusively under New York City control.

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Studio 360

Sonos Sings ... Near You!

Monday, April 12, 2010

The rich harmonies and ultra-contemporary arrangements of Sonos bring a cappella singing to a level those guys in the striped vests and boater hats never could have dreamed of.

Don't know Sonos? You're in for a treat. The L.A.-based sextet visited Studio 360 last fall to talk with ...

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WQXR News

Students, Parents Protest Arts School Closure

Friday, April 09, 2010

Students and parents rallied alongside staff at the Harlem School of the Arts, calling for a solution to keep the school open. They also bashed the schools' board of directors for keeping them in the dark about the severe financial straits facing the prominent school. 

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WQXR News

Bloomberg Says No Police Lay-Offs

Friday, April 09, 2010

New York City officials are waiting to find out how much they will need to cut from their budgets in anticipation of a decrease in aid from the state. One thing is clear: police officers will not be layed off.

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WQXR News

Ambulances Diverted from St. Vincent's

Thursday, April 08, 2010

FDNY diverts most ambulances away from financially troubled Greenwich Village hospital.

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WNYC News

Brooklyn Boro Prez: Staten Island Has an Apple Store. Why Don't We?

Thursday, April 08, 2010

People at the SoHo New York Apple store try out Apple Inc's new iPad on April 3, 2010. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

People at the SoHo New York Apple store try out Apple Inc\'s new iPad on April 3, 2010. ...

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Trouble with the Law: From Laid-Off to Liberated

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Sanjay Manocha had a sinking feeling it would be him.

More than a year ago, his law firm announced there would be layoffs. Manocha had practiced for four years at that point, and was already having mixed feelings about his career as a litigator. He often found himself chained to ...

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WQXR News

St. Vincent's Medical Center Will Close

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The hospital board will next decide on a timetable for the closure.

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Remediation at Staten Island Landfill Begins

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

New York City officials are kicking off what they say is a long overdue remediation of the Brookfield Avenue Landfill on Staten Island.

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WNYC News

Virtual Suggestion Box for Cabbies

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

photo by Dino Abatzidis

photo by Dino Abatzidis

Is there something you’ve been meaning to ask a taxi driver -- or do you have some feedback for city officials about getting around town by yellow cab?

Please leave your questions and comments below and we’ll ...

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WQXR News

Cardinal Says World Stands By Pope

Monday, April 05, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI did not discuss the sex abuse controversy rocking the Catholic Church at yesterday's Easter Mass at the Vatican.

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Know Why Your Train Has Stopped?

Monday, April 05, 2010

How often do you hear an announcement when your subway train is stopped? A new study shows that New York City subway riders hear in-car announcements explaining delays or diversions less than 50 percent of the time.

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