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Main Street NYC: Flushing

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Most New Yorkers know they can take the IRT 7 train to get to the Mets ballpark and the U.S. Open, but they’re less familiar with a booming neighborhood just one Subway stop after Willets Point. Main Street in downtown Flushing is thriving and its restaurants, retail stores, banks and ...

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Home Depot Opens in the Bronx

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A new Home Depot opened in the Bronx today and the borough's new president-elect, Ruben Diaz Jr., was there to take a look. The big box store is part of the Gateway Center mall, which replaced the old Bronx Terminal Market and the Bronx House ...

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Bloomberg Dislikes State Senate MTA Plan

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says he doesn't like the State Senate's latest plan to bail out the MTA. He says he's particularly upset by a $1 cab ride surcharge, that would be equally split between mass transit, and road and bridge improvements for Long Island and Upstate ...

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Main Street NYC: Flushing, Queens

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The economic downturn which largely started on Wall street has been felt globally - and its ripples have touched shopping districts all over the world. But there seems to be one retail hub that is thriving and it's not in a far-flung corner of the ...

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Unions Protest Governor's Proposed Layoffs

Thursday, April 23, 2009

State workers protested outside a Midtown fundraiser for Governor Paterson, saying his decision to lay off 9,000 workers is unfair, and unreasonable. Vernetta Chesimard, with the Public Employee Federation, says the governor should lay off his own staff, first:

CHESIMARD: He just wants to take it ...

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NY Senate Forms Latino Caucus

Thursday, April 23, 2009

For the first time, the New York State Senate has created a formal Puerto Rican/Latino caucus to address the needs of the state's largest minority community.

With five Puerto Rican state senators, the largest ever in the legislative body's history, Majority Leader Malcolm Smith announced that ...

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DiNapoli Banning Middlemen from State Pension Fund

Thursday, April 23, 2009

The investigations into New York State pension fund corruption have pulled back the curtain on networks of money, power and influence in New York, Albany and Washington and have already led to two indictments, one felony complaint and one guilty plea. Even President Obama's car ...

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MTA Fare Hike Revolt Spreads to Facebook

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The uproar over the MTA's funding shortfall has spread to the Internet. The Facebook group, "One Million People Against the MTA Fare Hike" was launched about one month ago. Actor Amir Darvish says he and four friends decided to create the cyber-group one night while ...

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Greening Old Buildings Worthwhile, But Costly

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The mayor and Council Speaker Christine Quinn are pushing a raft of proposals, meant to make existing buildings more energy efficient. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The legislation would target buildings over 50,000 square feet, requiring owners to perform energy audits every 10 years, then make ...

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Groups Rally for MTA Rescue Plan

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Officials from the Working Families Party and the labor unions that come under its umbrella held a rally today for an MTA rescue plan. They plan to lobby state lawmakers to approve more money for the transportation authority and head off a fare increase and ...

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Mayor Announces Cuts in Anti-Poverty Initiative

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says he's cutting six programs, and keeping 11 others, in his anti-poverty initiative. In a speech before the Center for American Progress in Washington, the mayor says the programs being cut -- including a literacy program for returning inmates, and a program to ...

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Bronx Boro President Election Quiet

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The selection of a new borough president doesn't seem to be raising much interest in the Bronx today. A special election is underway to fill the seat vacated by Adolfo Carrion, who's now director of the White House office of Urban Affairs. Poll coordinator Shirley ...

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Tribeca Film Festival Opens

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Tribeca Film Festival opens tomorrow, with 65 feature films from more than 30 countries. Filmmaker Spike Lee is screening two films at the festival for the first time this year. He says festivals are still the most important way for young filmmakers to get ...

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Disabled Tenants Sue City Over Elevators

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Disabled tenants say New York City's public housing agency is violating their rights by failing to properly maintain elevators. They announced a federal class-action lawsuit against the city. Phyllis Gonzalez lives on the 12th floor of the Chelsea Houses and relies on a wheelchair.

GONZALEZ: If ...

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Democrats Push Plan to Increase MTA Oversight

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Senate Democrats are pushing a new plan to increase oversight of the MTA as well as its funding. Majority Leader Malcolm Smith says the public deserves to know where its money is going.

SMITH: We inherited an MTA that has been dysfunctional, if you will, for ...

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Librarians Vital Aides for Job Seekers

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Since the economy went into tailspin last fall, librarians have been fielding some serious questions.

THORNTON: Everything from I’ve just lost my job how to I file for unemployment or I’m considering a career change where do I start?

Ann Thornton is director of reference and research ...

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Archibishop Dolan Installed

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

The new archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan, has been officially installed. The two days of ceremonies reached their conclusion with the stamping of a letter from Pope Benedict and Dolan giving the homily in a mass at St. Patrick's. Barbara Li Cardi traveled from ...

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Last Minute Tax Dash

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

It's April 15th and plenty of New Yorkers who waited till the last minute are rushing to get their taxes in on time. At the Farley Post Office on eighth avenue and 34th street, WNYC caught up with Walter Elliot, who was in the midst ...

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Official: MTA Might Face More Cuts

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The next round of transit fare hikes and service cuts hasn't even taken effect yet, and now an MTA official says more might be needed because of a sharper-than-expected decline in state tax revenues.

The chief financial officer of the MTA, Gary Dellaverson, cited the new ...

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Finance Commissioner Under Fire

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

The city's finance commissioner is under investigation for having a romantic relationship with a subordinate whose salary more than doubled in three years.

It's the third time in the last few weeks that Commissioner Martha Stark is at the center of an ethics controversy. In a ...

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