Arun Venugopal

Senior Reporter, WNYC News

Arun Venugopal appears in the following:

Columbia Expansion Gets Go Ahead

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Columbia University's controversial plan to transform 17 acres of West Harlem will go forward. The City Council gave its final approval to the rezoning request yesterday. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

The council approved the Columbia plan even as it was brokering a set of community ...


Designers Peer Into Taxi’s Future

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

REPORTER: A new study, from the Design Trust for Public Space, also found that passengers want to pay for a cab ride with Metrocards and credit cards. But, according to the Design Trust's Deborah Marton, it isn't just about the ride but the driver too.



Pricing Plans Presented to Commission

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Members of the commission were presented with about 10 plans - either variations on the city's original proposal or complete departures, such as the idea to toll East River Bridges. Most of these would be significantly cheaper to implement and in some cases, would generate ...


Congestion Pricing Commission Meets Today

Monday, December 17, 2007

For elected officials from Brooklyn and Queens, the only option worse than congestion pricing would be tolls on the East River Bridges. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

There haven't been any tolls on the East River Bridges since 1911, but the idea of re-instating them has ...


Cities Embrace New Way to Handle Confrontations Between Cops and the Mentally Ill

Thursday, December 13, 2007

It's been just over a month since the death of Khiel Coppin, in Brooklyn. He's the emotionally ill 18 year old who was shot by police officers who thought he was holding a gun. It turned out to be a hairbrush. The incident drew attention ...


WNYC Explores Methods of Dealing with Mentally Ill After Death of Khiel Coppin

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

It's been exactly one month since the death of Khiel Coppin in Brooklyn. He's the emotionally disturbed 18 year old who was shot by police after pulling out a hairbrush. Officers thought he was holding a gun. The death drew attention to the NYPD's methods ...


AG Shuts Down Student Loan Scheme

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is ending what he calls a kickback scheme between a student loan company and 63 colleges, including St. Johns University.

REPORTER: According to Cuomo the Florida based company, Student Financial Services, paid colleges in order to use their branding, thus misleading students ...


Board Expected to Approve Fare Hike

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Part of an MTA proposal includes increasing the price of monthly Metrocards to $81, up from $76 and the introduction of a 14-day unlimited card. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The proposals have already received the blessings of the governor and mayor, pretty much ensuring ...


The MTA Says Fares will Increase for Discount Riders

Monday, December 10, 2007

Assemblyman Richard Brodsky says the MTA can still delay its December 19 vote to raise fares and allow the state to come up with more funding.

REPORTER: The MTA announced it intends to raise the price of monthly Metrocards by 5 dollars but Brodsky says they ...


City Moves Closer to Going Green

Thursday, December 06, 2007

The city has detailed some of the immediate measures it's taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30% in the next 10 years. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: Most of the work involves the simple task of installing more efficient light bulbs, in dozens of ...


Constuction to Extend the 7 Line Train Begins

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Construction has started on the extension of the 7 train, which eventually will take riders from Times Square where it currently ends to 11th Avenue and 34th Street. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more. REPORTER: The extension of the 7 line is expected to cost the ...


Businesses Object to Proposed Willets Point Development

Friday, November 30, 2007

The city's proposed redevelopment of Willets Point would bring housing, a hotel and a convention center to the Queens neighborhood. But the businesses already there told the City Council it's a raw deal. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The issue of eminent domain dominated the ...


Columbia's Redevelopment Plan Approved by Planning Commission

Monday, November 26, 2007

The City Planning Commission endured frequent disruptions before approving the proposal to transform 17-acres of West Harlem.

To the surprise of many opponents of the plan, Commissioner Irwin Kantor, abstained, saying he was opposed to Columbia's threat to use eminent domain in order to evict holdout ...


Officials Announce No Subway Fare Hike-- For Now

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The MTA says the 2 dollar base subway fare may not be increased after all. The announcement was made by Governor Spitzer, who says MTA officials recently found an extra $220 million in their year-end projections, based on extra rider ship and real estate taxes.



City Tries to Make UN Comply with Fire Codes

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Mayor Bloomberg says he's been in touch with UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon regarding 900 safety violations in UN buildings. City officials have been meeting with U-N officials to address the matter.

BLOOMBERG: And we are making some progress. But not progress enough. I've written them ...


Top Lawmaker Urges Governor to Reconsider Controversial Plan

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Assembly speaker Sheldon Silver says Governor Spitzer still has time to re-think his plan to issue drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants.

REPORTER: Silver voiced concerns that the current, 3-tier plan could scare away illegal immigrants, by singling them out. But he said that ultimately, the governor ...


Homelessness Among Veterens on the Rise in New York

Monday, November 12, 2007

According to a new report the number of homeless veterans in the state increased dramatically between 2005 and 2006, up from 12,700 to over 21,000.

REPORTER: Senator Charles Schumer says veterans of the war in Iraq are becoming homeless much faster than they did after the ...


Tunnel Machine Moves Beneath Manhattan

Friday, November 09, 2007

That furious sound you hear comes from about 170 feet below midtown Manhattan - a TBM or tunnel boring machine inching its way through the city's underground rock.

The TBM weighs 640 tons and is 22 feet wide. MTA engineers say the $10 million machine works ...


Lawmakers Push for Independent 9/11 Panel

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Lawmakers are asking Mayor Bloomberg to create an independent panel of health experts to help determine who exactly qualifies as a victim of 9/11. WNYC's Arun Venugopal has more.

REPORTER: The 3 Representatives - Carolyn Maloney, Vito Fossella and Jerrold Nadler - say the process of ...


New York's Holiday Season Begins with Hindu Festival

Monday, November 05, 2007

Hindus across the city are celebrating the beginning of Diwali, also known as the Festival of Lights.

The five-day festival marks the victory of good over evil and involves the lighting of lamps and the gifting of sweets. This evening, elected officials will gather with Hindus ...