This week on Uptown Radio, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing initiatives are failing to gain support in some of New York City’s most impoverished neighborhoods. An LGBT church yearns for a home in Harlem. A new kind of WiFi hotspot hits the streets of Manhattan. And one of our reporters asks the age-old question: Is it possible to get good sleep on the subway? Also on the show, we discuss the legacy Harper Lee, the iconic American author who died today at 89.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s affordable housing proposal is waiting for a vote from the City Council. The Mandatory Inclusion Housing plan, or MIH, is deeply unpopular with the activists that helped get de Blasio elected in twenty-thirteen. Now their relationship with the mayor is in question.
We all remember when our parents went through their midlife crises- you know, that period from their 40s to their 60s where they did weird things in hopes of finding eternal youth. Commentator Gilda Di Carli says she’s found it. And it’s no elixir.
While much of Europe is struggling with the current Syrian refugee crisis, Calais – a city in Northern France – has been dealing with a migrant population since the late 1990s. Now, a group of civic minded technology and design people are using this community as a way to try out some ideas of how to make lives for refugees a little safer. Adele Humbert reports.
Harper Lee, the author of the seminal American novel, To Kill a Mockingbird died today at 89. That novel, a groundbreaking examination of race in the Deep South, was a finalist for the National Book Award in 1961, and won the Pulitzer Prize that same year. Isabella Kulkarni spoke with Lisa Lucas, the incoming Executive Director of the National Book Foundation about Harper Lee and her lasting influence on American writing.
Jephie Bernard speaks with Peter Asaad, an immigration lawyer for Immigration Solutions group, about a new program at CUNY to help foreign entrepreneurs get visas to work in the United States.
Health officials say one in three New Yorkers have not had their teeth checked out in the past year. Yet going to the dentist regularly is the best way to make sure you don’t develop oral diseases. Increasing access to dental care is one of the challenges that 700 students are tackling tonight at the NYU Global Hackathon. Åsa Secher went to NYU ahead of tonight’s event.
Ariel Russo, the driver of a car that hit and killed a 4-year-old on the Upper West Side in June 2013 was sentenced today to 9 years in prison. Shandukani Mulaudzi has the story.
The NYPD says crime on the subways is up almost thirty percent this year compared to last – that number includes slashings, sexual assault and robberies. And half of those crimes happened to sleeping passengers. That has cops asking riders to stay awake on the subway – and in some cases, threatening to wake them up. So if police get serious about stopping subway snoozing, will New Yorkers lose a real source of restful sleep? Daniel Rostas reports.
The mayor’s plan, Housing New York, promises to affordably house hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers in the next decade. But some residents in the communities that would be affected say they’re concerned that new affordable housing would be anything but. Tyler Pratt reports from Brooklyn.
Feminism over the years has covered issues and injustices of women. However, in recent years, trans women have become more and more visible in society. With that rise, comes the same dynamic and issues that women face which are equality, respect and justice. Trans liberation is a new movement taking form even in artistic ways. Jaki Johnson reports.