Sometimes old dogs learn new tricks. On this week’s show, we have stories of NYC video rental stores staying alive in the age of on-demand streaming, struggles to maintain the old, like finding enough pilots to fly aircraft,s and the downsides to preserving historic buildings. All that and more on Uptown Radio.
Bonnie Jean Morris found this out the hard way. More than ten years ago, she tried riding a bike for the first time. But get this — she was in her 60s. Now, Jean recently passed away, but her granddaughter, Sara Smith, remembers that sunny afternoon in San Diego when her grandmother tried to grab life by the handlebars.
Over the past fifty years more than 35,000 building have been landmarked in New York City, from the brownstones in Fort Greene to the Empire State Building. But it’s not cheap keeping these old dogs up and running. And being named a landmark can actually make that job even harder. Stephan Bisaha has more.
You’ve seen vendors on the streets of NYC.. selling everything from food to books to cell phone covers. But the number of these vendors is strictly limited. In order to sell that kind of general merchandise – vendors need a special license and there are only 853 total throughout the entire city. To make things even more complicated the city sets aside certain areas just for military veterans. Between the limited number of licenses and the vet’s special access – an usual type of business arrangement has evolved – But as Jephie Bernard reports this is a black market with some grey areas.
Mental Health Month begins across the country on Sunday. The annual awareness campaign is accompanied this year by a city initiative to improve delivery of mental health care services, following the recent news that suicide rates have climbed to a 30 year high. I spoke with Dr. Victoria Arango, a neurobiologist at the Conte Center for Suicide Prevention at Columbia. She says initiatives like these are essential.
Thanks to streaming services like Netflix, video rental stores have become all but extinct. Just 15 years ago, there were over thirty thousand video rental stores in the United States. Reporter Elizabeth Brockway went to see if there are any survivors left in New York City.
A new exhibit about Paul Robeson, a performer and civil rights activist, opens today at the Whitney. The exhibit was designed by Academy-Award winning filmmaker Steve McQueen. Gilda Di Carli has the story.
Engineers in Brooklyn are doing… what engineers do… trying to make new versions of these machines that are faster, lighter, smaller, and smarter. And they’re drawing inspiration from insects. Adele Humbert looked into this new research to see how far the technology has come.
The American aviation industry is facing a big problem: a shortage of pilots. The big airlines alone expect they’ll need more than ten thousand new pilots in the next few years, and thousands more will be needed to fly for regional airlines, and the military. Erin Golackson set out to learn why that is. And to see how tough it would be to become a pilot herself.
With the rise of Uber, TaskRabbit and other on-demand services, more people are working in the “gig” economy – stringing freelance jobs to make ends meet. There’s a whole category of people who are way ahead of the game. Actors. According to the National Endowment for the Arts, less than a quarter of actors are employed full-time in their profession. Many have learned to make ends meet by taking freelance jobs that fit around audition schedules and shoots.
So freelance work becomes more common, Daniel Rostas asked a number of New York actors how they’ve learned to make ends meet.
On Wednesday, federal law enforcement authorities charged one hundred twenty people on counts of racketeering and narcotics conspiracies under the Rico Act. This federal law aims at controlling organized crime in the United States. David Botherton is a professor of sociology at John Jay College of criminal justice in New York. He says these arrests are an example of authorities using that legislation to justify sweeping action against gang violence.