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Independent Bookstore Week Events on Tap
Monday, November 16, 2009
Happy Birthday Aaron Copland
Saturday, November 14, 2009
The Brooklyn-born, American composer Aaron Copland was born Nov. 14, 1900. He is best known for incorporating indigenous American music, jazz and folk, into his compositions. A child of Jewish immigrants from Lithuania, he eventually went on to study music in France. When he ...
Veterans Day: Remembering WWI Through Songs of the Time
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Today is Veterans Day, originally known as Armistice Day, a remembrance of the end of the 'Great War,' WWI. The signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, ...
La Guardia--New York's First Three-Term Mayor
Monday, November 02, 2009
On the eve of election day we combed through the WNYC archives to find what New York's first three-term mayor, ...
The Dumpling Has Its Day
Friday, October 23, 2009
It goes by many names: pierogi, gnocchi, tamale, pot sticker, wonton, palitaw, kuih koci, idli or just dumpling. It can be found in dozens of countries and ...
The Guggenheim Turns 50
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
The museum known for its distinct spiral and ramp, which the architect Frank Lloyd Wright said was designed to create 'an atmosphere of the unbroken ...
NYC Schools Start Flu Vaccines Next Week
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Parents of elementary school children in New York City are receiving swine flu vaccine consent forms this week. The citywide voluntary - and free - vaccine program is starting next Wednesday at local elementary schools.
2010 Watch List for World Monuments
Tuesday, October 06, 2009
The World Monuments Fund (WMF), a group dedicated to protecting places and buildings that are, 'irreplaceable monuments to human culture,' ...
Digital Clocks Coming to Subway Stations Soon
Friday, October 02, 2009
Furtive glances down darkened subway tunnels may be a thing of the past, now that the MTA has set a timeline for installing countdown clocks. They'll display how long until the next train arrives. The authority says more than 150 stations, along the numbered lines will have clocks up and ...
Keys, Sunglasses, 18th Century Violin...Whoops!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Korean violinist Hanh-Bin is in good company. Like Philippe Quint and Gidon Kremer who forgot their violins, or Yo-Yo Ma and Lynn Harrell who forgot their cellos in New York taxis, Hahn-Bin left his 18th century, $600,000 violin in a taxi yesterday.
On a ride from Lincoln Center to Chinatown, ...
Brooklyn 8th Grader Saves Superman
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Party Prince In the City
Friday, May 29, 2009
Prince Harry, is known for his partying, but that may change with his first official visit to the U.S. today. The 24-year old Prince of Wales first stopped at Ground Zero to lay a wreath and was then whisked to nearby Hanover Square to officially name a British garden in honor of 67 Britons who died in the terrorist attacks.
John Farrell lives nearby and noticed recent renovations to the park, and stopped by to have a look. He's not much impressed with British royalty, but has to admit the changes are nice.
Too Early for Kindergarten
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Full Steam Ahead-New Yankee Stadium Station
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Yankee's pitcher David Cone and catcher Jorge Posado joined Mayor Bloomberg for today's unveiling of the new 153rd Street Station Metro North station at Yankee Stadium. The station is a 10 minute ride from Grand Central and provides express service to and from Poughkeepsie and New Haven. The mayor says the Yankees have that over the Mets.
All Hallows Gaels Displaced By New Yankee Stadium
Sunday, May 17, 2009
This year the Yankees kicked off their new seasons in a shiny new $1.3 billion ballpark. While fans have marveled at the culinary treats and the massive LED screen in the outfield, not everyone is so enthused. The All Hallows High School baseball team in the South Bronx is forced to play their home games on the road and often practice in the school’s cafeteria. That’s because in 2006 theirfield was demolished to make way for the new Yankee stadium. Without a regular field to practice on, the team improvises, but it has already been three years.
It’s a beautiful Sunday morning, the sun is high, it’s over 80 degrees outside, a perfect day for baseball. But three hours before their fourth game of the season members of the All Hallows Gaels, are pitching and taking swings indoors.
"Basketball gym, slash church, slash theater, slash everything."
That’s Misaell Cabral, a 16-year-old, junior. He’s the right fielder for the Gaels and is standing about mid-court while his teammate lobs a large soft dimpled ball at him. Cabral takes half-swings, not wanting to make full-contact.
"We can’t practice with actual baseballs, cause we can’t break all the windows," says Cabral. "The team practices pitching on the basketball court and batting in the cafeteria. For pop-ups they toss balls outside in a narrow courtyard next to apartment buildings. It’s concrete, it’s not really baseball material. It’s frustrating at times."
The Gaels used to play at nearby Macombs Dam and John Mullally Park, until construction of the new Yankee stadium began three years ago. State and federal law mandates that park land be replaced an acre for an acre, but due to cost delays and the discovery of barrels of oil along the waterfront, building of new parks has been delayed.
High School Baseball Team Still Displaced by New Yankee Stadium
Sunday, May 17, 2009
New York, NY —
This year the Yankees kicked off their new season in a shiny new ballpark. While fans have marveled at the culinary treats and the massive LED screen in the outfield, not everyone is so thrilled. Nearby, the All Hallows High School baseball team is forced ...
Red Cross Bleeds Jobs
Friday, May 15, 2009
The American Red Cross in New York says it's cutting 23 percent of its paid workforce to compensate for a drop in donations. Terry Bischoff, the CEO of the New York chapter, says the layoffs will mean relying more on volunteers. Currently 95 percent of their workforce is volunteers, that ...
Debt Buyers Accused of Unscrupulous Deeds
Thursday, May 14, 2009
A Day in the Life: Peter Pan Donuts
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop in Greenpoint has been around for decades, and so have some of the shop's regulars. On a recent afternoon, Walter Staszewski tells why he spends every weekend at the cozy eatery. Andrew Kreiling and Jess Gunning explain how, despite not speaking Polish, Jess got ...
With Liberty, and Sweaty Climbs for All
Friday, May 08, 2009
Lady Liberty's crown will reopen to visitors this July 4th. Closed since the terrorist attacks in 2001, because of security concerns, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar says, initially, 30 visitors an hour will be allowed into the crown, with 10 people at a time permitted to ascend the single, spiral staircase leading up to it.
Brooklyn Congressman Anthony Weiner campaigned hard for the statue and remembers making the climb as a child, and says there's nothing like it.
'It's one thing to be able to tap her toes, it's something entirely different to be able to go up into that cramped stairwell.'