The Local News for Friday, May 17, 2019.
In the latest from our commentary series, reporter Maggie Green remembers the day an unwelcome guest introduced her to her best friend.
About 150 years ago, we settled on one technology for most of our streets: asphalt. But there’s a problem with asphalt — it’s not weather resistant. Harsh New York City winters leave roads battered, cracked and full of potholes every year. And the city pays hundreds of millions of dollars to repave those roads. Maggie Green asks engineers if there’s a better way to tackle this problem.
The measles outbreak that started last fall isn’t going away any time soon. As the number of cases continues to grow, city and state officials are trying anything to stop the spread. Maggie Green learns the history of how people tried to combat the measles in New York City, came close to getting rid of it and why it came back.
More than 400 acres of land will open up in New York City in the next decade. The catch? It’s on Rikers Island. The city is discussing their plan to close Rikers and move detainees into smaller jails in each borough. But some groups are already eyeing the land and contemplating the possibilities.
The caped crusader Batman will celebrate his 80th birthday on Saturday, March 30. He made his comic book debut in 1939. Since then, Batman has taken on many personas, both in print and on film.
Tomorrow, Gotham City’s masked hero Bat-Man turns 80. The superhero made his debut in 1939. Since then, Batman has appeared on comic books pages and the big screen both as a lighthearted hero, and, a deeply troubled vigilante. But one thing that’s never changed? His status as an American icon.
Here in New York, it’s hard to see stars in the sky, especially the stars that are really, really far away–the ones in distant galaxies. And someday, we may not be able to see them at all. That’s according to new research from the University of Michigan. Maggie Green explains.