Arun Venugopal

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

New Interactive Center to Welcome and Guide NYC Tourists

Thursday, January 22, 2009

First it was the city's revamped wedding bureau. Now the city's Tourism office in midtown is the latest to go high tech, with gleaming, interactive maps and more. WNYC's Arun Venugopal was at the opening.

REPORTER: The city will probably struggle to meet its goal of ...


Progressive Group on the Heels of New Admin

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Now that we have a new president, what's next for the people who worked to get him elected? MoveOn is mounting a massive lobbying effort, hoping the president will enact its progressive agenda. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: MoveOn's four million members played a big ...


Inauguration Day

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Brian Lehrer Show’s special coverage of the presidential inauguration.

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Obama Supporters Volunteer on Martin Luther King Day

Monday, January 19, 2009

Obama supporters are heeding the call of the president-elect and using Martin Luther King Junior Day as a national day of service and volunteering. Cathy Wolfson helped out at Sue Rock Originals, a nonprofit that makes clothes for domestic abuse survivors heading into the workplace.

Wolfson ...


New Yorkers Heed the Call to Duty

Monday, January 19, 2009

New Yorkers are heeding president-elect Obama's call to volunteer today, to celebrate Martin Luther King Junior's birthday. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: About a dozen Obama supporters showed up on the 8th floor of a storage warehouse on Flatbush. They'd come to help ...


A Taste of NYC for Inauguration

Monday, January 19, 2009

Call it Bagels for Barack. A chain of local bagel stores known as Bagel Boss is making a million bagels for the presidential inauguration.

Co-owner Adam Rosner says he'll be handing out all types of bagels for free.

ROSNER: Obviously the vanilla ice cream of bagels is ...


Keeping Birds Away From Airports

Friday, January 16, 2009

Yesterday's plane crash highlighted the danger birds constantly pose to aircraft. But less known is how hard scientists work to prevent bird-related crashes. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: A big priority right now for investigators is to find out what kind of bird brought the ...


Mayor Stands-Up for Stadium

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg is defending the city's spending on new stadiums for the Mets and Yankees, saying his administration fought hard to get the best deals possible.

The mayor says no one could've foreseen how much construction costs would rise.

BLOOMBERG: When those contracts were made, it was ...


Lawsuit Against Bloomberg Third Term Bid Dismissed

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg's bid for a third term has dodged a legal bullet. A federal judge threw out a lawsuit challenging the recent law extending term limits for him and other citywide elected officials.

Judge Charles Sifton says City Comptroller Bill Thompson, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, and ...


Mayoral Campaigning

Monday, January 12, 2009

Congressman Anthony Weiner plans to run for mayor but right now he says it's too early to be campaigning.

But that didn't stop him from taking a few digs against the incumbent, Mayor Bloomberg.

He refuted the notion that Bloomberg had been a good fiscal steward, saying ...


Supporters of Israel, Palestinians Rally

Monday, January 12, 2009

Supporters - and critics - of Israel held rallies simultaneously yesterday in midtown Manhattan. On the West Side, below Times Square, hundreds of protesters waved red, black and green Palestinian flags while calling for an end to the Israeli offensive in Gaza. Thirteen-year-old Selay Lahori ...


NYC Tax Revenues Turnaround in 2011

Thursday, January 08, 2009

New York City's tax revenues are likely to be sharply down this year, by some 7.5 percent and a new study by the Independent Budget Office says the city is unlikely to start seeing a turnaround until 2011, a year after the rest of the ...


Let's Get Married in the Big Apple

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Lovers: looking for that perfect place to tie the knot? The city wants you to consider its brand new Manhattan marriage bureau. The lavish space replaces the old, crusty bureau in the Municipal Building, and has been designed to make the experience faster while earning ...


Three Kings Parade Marches Through East Harlem

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Scores of kings were in the streets of East Harlem today, for the 32nd annual Three Kings Parade. The event celebrates the visit of the three magi to the infant Jesus. One celebrant, Gaspar, called himself the "happy king."

GASPAR: I run around and give the ...


Drop in Crime Despite Rise in Murder Rate

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

The city's crime statistics are in for the year, and overall there's been a 4 percent drop in all major crime from 2007, including fewer incidents of felony assault, auto theft and crime in the transit system.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg says given the falling economy, ...


New York Crime City Rates Drop

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The city's crime statistics are in for the year, and overall there's been a 4% drop in all major crime from 2007, including fewer incidents of felony assault, auto theft and crime in the transit system.

Mayor Bloomberg says along with the falling economy, maintaining the ...


Bronx BP Mum on Possible Obama Post

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Is Adolfo Carrion set to head a new White House office of urban policy? The Bronx borough president drew attention two weeks ago when he reportedly told students he'd be heading to a new job in DC. But now he's trying to be a little ...


Five Convicted in Fort Dix Plot

Monday, December 22, 2008

A jury has convicted five men of conspiring to kill soldiers at Fort Dix, in New Jersey.

That's after five days of deliberations. The men were Muslim immigrants originally from the former Yugoslavia, Turkey and elsewhere.

Sohail Mohammad is an immigration attorney in New Jersey, he says ...


Smith Mum on Thorny State Finances

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Queens State Senator Malcolm Smith may want to become the leader of the Senate, when Democrats take control of the body next month. But he didn't show much leadership today, as he dodged questions about major issues at a civic organization breakfast. WNYC's Arun Venugopal ...


Same-Sex Marriage in Connecticut and New York

Saturday, December 13, 2008

WNYC's Arun Venugopal attends the Connecticut wedding of two men who've been together for 35 years. And WNYC Weekend Edition Host Brian Zumhagen gets an update on the situation in New York from Alan Van Capelle, Executive Director of Empire State Pride Agenda.