New York History
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Soundcheck listeners nominate a few of their favorite "movie bands." Then, Elijah Wald sheds light on Dave Van Ronk, the New York folk musician who served as a loose inspiration for the title character the latest Coen brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis.
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Choire Sicha, former editor of Gawker, founder of The Awl, and author of the new book Very Recent History (Harper, 2013) discusses his new non-fiction semi-novel about life and love in NYC, circa 2009. Listeners: What defines NYC's "very recent history"? Describe New York c.2009 in a few lines -- call 212-433-9692 or post here.
Monday, July 29, 2013
David Colley, author Prospect Park: Olmsted and Vaux's Brooklyn Masterpiece (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013) and Elizabeth Keegin Colley, the book's photographer, talk about the "other" Olmsted and Vaux-designed park, its history, how it compares to Central Park and its future prospects.
Listeners: Have you seen Prospect Park change over the years? Do you have a favorite memory?
Thursday, July 18, 2013
As the Bloomberg era comes to a close, we look back at the history of the New York mayor's office and assess the accomplishments of those who've held the office. Which mayor transformed the city the most, and was Bloomberg just another mayor, or has he had a unique impact? Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent for The New York Times and editor of America's Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York, and Mason B. Williams, author of City of Ambition: FDR, LaGuardia and the Making of Modern New York, discuss. Listeners, who's the best mayor in NYC history in your estimation? Was Bloomberg just another mayor? Post here or call 212-433-9692...
Friday, November 09, 2012
Sandy has prompted wide-ranging conversations about how to better protect the city from more frequent and severe storms. Planners have spoken about levees and floodgates, marshlands, and other ways to keep the water from overtaking the region’s low-lying land.
Saturday, June 19, 2004