Brigid Bergin

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Public's Help Sought in Solving Grand Central Jewerly Heist

Friday, July 24, 2009

heistThe Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police are asking members of the public to come forward with any information regarding the theft of $120,000 worth of jewelry stolen in Grand Central Terminal.

Two employees of a jewelry company were passing through the lower level of Grand Central Station one month ago today around 6 p.m. They were transporting about 800 pieces of gold and diamond jewelry including rings, neck chains, bracelets, earrings and pendants, and about $2,000 in cash, in a black duffel bag. The employee carrying the bag set it down momentarily to discard some garbage.

At that moment, the employee’s co-worker was approached by two men who created a diversion by dropping a $10 bill on the ground and informing the co-worker that he had dropped it. As the co-worker was occupied, a third man took the duffel bag and replaced it with a nearly identical bag that was weighted down to appear have the same weight as the bag containing the jewelry. After the bags were switched, the three suspects left the area separately.

All three suspects were wearing light blue uniform-type shirts and dark colored work pants. The two suspects who created the diversion are described as being Asian or Hispanic men and in their mid to late twenties. The prime suspect, who is believed to have taken the bag, is described as a white or Hispanic male with dark crew-cut hair and a thin to medium build. Surveillance video images of the prime suspect taken shortly before the theft appear in the attached wanted poster, which also contains images of examples of some of the stolen property.

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Behind the Perfect Slice

Monday, July 20, 2009

It’s the food story of moment. It's probably always -- at least here in New York -- the most talked about food. New York magazine had it on its cover this week. Of course, we are talking pizza. Well, we’re getting into the conversation here ...

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Report Highlights Safe Schools Without Over-Policing

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Safe schools don't need to employ strict policing tactics - that's according to a report to be released today by the New York Civil Liberties Union and two other advocacy groups.

The report praises six New York City high schools for creating safe and nurturing environments, ...

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New Digs for LES Arts Org

Monday, June 29, 2009

An arts organization that's been serving the Lower East Side out of a dilapidated tenement for nearly 30 years, is on its way to building a brand new community center, thanks to a grant from the city.

ABC No Rio offers the community access to their ...

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Main Street NYC: Bowery Neighbors Seek Tighter Zoning Regs

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Doris Diether, seated, and Councilmember Alan Gerson speaking at a meeting of the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.

Doris Diether, seated, and Councilmember Alan Gerson speaking at a meeting of the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors.

While the sputtering economy may be stalling some development ...

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Main Street NYC

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Main Streets NYCThe WNYC news team's Main Streets project is spending a year looking closely at six blocks around the region. Karen Frillmann, Brigid Bergin, and Elaine Rivera discuss the goals of the project, what ...

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"Billy Elliot" Leads Tony Nominations

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Born to Boogie and perhaps, Born for Awards? That's the question being asked of the Broadway musical, "Billy Elliot," which leads the pack among the shows receiving a Tony Award nomination this morning. The show, a transplant from England, received 15 nods. "Next to Normal" ...

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Collapsed Building Cited in Past

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Buildings officials are working to shore up a five-story building in Lower Manhattan that partially collapsed this morning. The building, near Reade and Church Streets, was vacant, and undergoing renovations. No one was injured. Just yesterday, buildings inspectors issued citations for loose bricks and for ...

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Paterson: Budget Spending is Basically Flat

Monday, April 06, 2009

Governor Paterson says the state's new state budget agreement does not represent an increase in spending.

Republican lawmakers have criticized the $131 billion agreement reached Friday because it includes close to $10 billion more than last year's budget.

Speaking on WWRL this morning, Paterson says those dollars ...

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Main Street NYC: The Bowery, Manhattan - April Update

Friday, April 03, 2009

East Village History Project co-founder Rob Hollander

East Village History Project co-founder Rob Hollander

WNYC's Main Street Project is tracking streets across the city and in New Jersey. Last month, we gave you the first snapshot of

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Main Street NYC: Bowery History on Display

Friday, April 03, 2009

WNYC's Main Street Project is tracking streets across the area. Last month, we stopped by the Bowery to see how New York's old Skid Row is doing today. But there's much more to the street's history. And that's the subject of a new exhibit opening ...

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Ring of Steel

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Downtown residents have one more day to comment on the NYPD's proposal to install a network of 3,000 security cameras below Canal Street. Police say the cameras are necessary for their counter terrorism efforts, but critics say there's no proof they will prevent crime.

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Main Street NYC: The Bowery, Manhattan

Friday, March 20, 2009

WNYC's Brigid Bergin takes us to a five-block stretch of the Bowery, from Houston to Delancey streets. The street is still home some century-old institutions like the Bowery Mission and specialized retail districts for restaurant supplies. But in recent years, an influx of new businesses along with cultural destinations are reshaping the neighborhood's economy and streetscape.
A New Life for the Bowery? by Brigid Bergin

The Bowery Mission was founded in 1879 and has been at this location since 1909.

The red doors open to a chapel where services are held daily. When the temperature dips below 40 degrees, the Mission staff opens the space for homeless men to sleep. The black doors lead to the Fellowship Hall, a cafeteria and kitchen that serves hot meals 365 days of the year. The Mission is privately funded and owns its buildings.

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Alejandro Romero, 39, came to the Bowery Mission in July. He is a student in what they call their fellowship program. It's a six month substance abuse rehabilitation program for men. The students live on the upper floors and are required to work full time, doing everything from unloading the food trucks to taking out the garbage.

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Herb Curruthers, 56, cooks meals at the Mission. He first came to the Bowery as a client 16 years ago after spending 8 years in jail. He's since gone to culinary school and has become a chef.

Here's Herb's story

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Main Street NYC: The Bowery

Friday, March 20, 2009

All so-called Main Streets are not alike. In Manhattan, main thoroughfares like Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street have gone through massive changes- yet they maintain anchor tenants that bring people back over and over. So it is with the Bowery. In the third installment ...

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Quote of the Day: Capt. Chesley Sullenberger III

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Capt. Chesley Sullenberger III and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles receive standing applause before the start of a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing. (Getty)

Capt. Chesley Sullenberger III and First Officer Jeffrey Skiles receive standing applause before the start of a House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing. (Getty)

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Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger Says A Good Pilot's Getting Hard to Find

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger is warning Congress that commercial airline pilots are in an "untenable" financial situation and that flying expertise like his will soon be entirely absent from the industry.

Testifying before a House aviation subcommittee this morning, Sullenberger, who became a national hero after ...

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D.C. or Bust: BEEP Carrion Goes to Washington (Officially)!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

President Barack Obama has *officially* named Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion to be his White House Director of Urban Affairs. The formal announcement came today, even as reports and reaction were leaked to the media yesterday morning.

News of his potential appointment was initially leaked back in December....by Carrion. He reportedly told students that he would be heading to D.C. for a job. He later brushed off media inquiries on the topic.

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Gay Marriage Ritual

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples were turned away from marriage bureaus across the country including the new one in Lower Manhattan in an annual ritual that took on renewed urgency, following setbacks for the gay marriage movement.

Matt Flanders says he challenged the clerk when ...

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Booker: Wielding Poetry Power

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Newark Mayor Cory Booker gave a rousing assessment of his city's future in last night's State of the City address, invoking Maya Angelou's poem, "Still I Rise," as a metaphor for the city and its residents. The increasingly impassioned Mayor spoke for 80 minutes before a full house at the Newark Symphony Hall. He cited examples of the city's progress -- from decreasing homicide rates to an increasing tax base.

Booker also cited the involvement of several celebrities in development projects around the city. Singer Jon Bon Jovi is part of a project to build 51 residential units for people with special needs; media mogul Oprah Winfrey has donated $1.5 million to Newark charities; and basketball player Shaquille O'Neal is involved in projects to build a 25-story luxury tower and upgrade a movie complex.

The Mayor also acknowledged the contributions of ordinary citizens who are giving back to the city through public service.

Tune in to All Things Considered this afternoon for more on Booker's State of the City.

 

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Fenugreek: A Final Reprise

Friday, February 06, 2009

It's safe to say, "fenugreek" is getting its 15 minutes of fame. Sure, it was idenitified as the source of that syrupy smell on Manhattan's west side. But, more importantly, what does it taste like and how is it used? WNYC's Richard Hake posed those very questions to ...

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