From Columbia Radio News in New York, I’m Alex Colletta. New Yorkers are reacting today to Amazon’s decision to pull out of Queens. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez applauded the people of New York for their part in Amazon’s decision to bail: OCASIO-CORTEZ: I think it’s incredible. I mean, it shows that everyday americans still … Read More
HOST INTRO: The political fallout of Amazon pulling out of Long Island City is making its way to a local election. As Ali Swenson reports, two lawmakers in Queens are using it to stand out in a crowded race. SWENSON 1: City Council Member Eric Ulrich is in a hurry. ((SOUND: Bustle … Read More
WARD 1: From Columbia Radio News in New York, I’m Rebekah Ward. President Donald Trump declared a national emergency today. He is bypassing the legislative branch to fund his proposed border wall. TRUMP1: It’s a great thing to do. Because we have an invasion of drugs, an invasion of gangs, an … Read More
HOST INTRO: After the news about Amazon broke yesterday, across the river New Jersey residents and politicians spoke out. Many want Amazon to reconsider Newark for its HQ2 location. After all, Newark was a finalist. As Lauren Lantry reports, the city is happy to be reconsidered less than four months after being rejected. … Read More
HOST INTRO: A new series of art exhibitions opened at the Fashion Institute of Technology this week. It’s called “The Future is Inclusive”. Stephanie Horton explains. [8 sec] HORTON: CJ Yeh’s shoes click on the white tile inside the Feldman Building on 27th street. He is explaining the interactive artwork he and his … Read More
This month, President Trump announced a goal of ending HIV/AIDS in the United States by 2030. But the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid proposed changes to cut Medicare costs. Which could make it HARDER for HIV patients to get the medications they need. In NEW YORK CITY, more than 60,000 residents with HIV could … Read More
The statute of limitations on prosecuting cases of child abuse has been extended in New York state through the new Child Abuse Act. Survivors used to have until age 23 to file a criminal lawsuit against their abusers. Now they have until they turn 28. Reporter Andrea Salcedo spoke with John Manly, the attorney … Read More
HOST INTRO: In the state of New York undocumented immigrants aren’t allowed to apply for driving licenses. Now lawmakers and activists across the state are working to change that. New legislation has been proposed that would enable all New Yorkers the right to apply, regardless of their immigration status. Sophia Ahmadi reports. AHMADI … Read More
New York City has a new goal: Get levels of lead exposure down to zero. Lead paint in apartments can cause neurological problems in children. Now, a new multi-agency initiative is ramping up inspections in all five boroughs. Mayor Bill de Blasio kicked off a new initiative called LeadFreeNYC last month, which focuses on … Read More
LIN 1: On 59th Street in Manhattan, a string of 15 horse carriages line the busy sidewalks next to ongoing traffic. They are just outside Central Park, waiting for tourists. But starting next week, drivers will only be allowed to pick up and drop off passengers inside the park. Edita Birnkrant (Bern-crant) is the executive … Read More
Engagement rings are one of the most expensive purchases many people make, and that cost is driven by one thing – the diamond. Until recently, all jewelry grade diamonds came from mines in places like Russia and South Africa. But those mines have a new competitor: science.
When kids in foster care turn 21, they get eased out of the system. But the transition is often tricky for them. Homelessness is common among former foster youth. Our reporter Alissa Escarce spoke with two young people on the brink of adulthood — about what it’s like to live through this change. … Read More
At the Met Gala last weekend, celebrities in elaborate costumes paraded up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. They were there, dressed as trendy monks and Catholic icons, to raise money for the museum’s newest Costume Institute exhibit. That exhibit, called Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination, opened today. Reporters Wendy Rhodes and Sarah Wyman report the exhibit is landing well with young audiences.