The Black (and Grey) Market of Street Vendor Permits

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.

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Two-Way: Mental Health Month – April 29, 2016


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.

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Flight Lesson

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.

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Actor By Day, Uber Driver by Night


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.

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Two- Way: Bronx Gang Arrests – April 29, 2016

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.

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Finding Gospel on the Dance Floor

Some New Yorkers are finding gospel on the dance floor. Club life in the city in the 80s and 90s was often defined by queer culture — a portion of the LGBT community that pushed back against mainstream society. Their late-night parties were full of costumes, gender bending, sexual liberation….and lots of dancing. These parties are making a comeback. And, as Tyler Pratt reports, the old spirit of Queer nightlife is being reclaimed by one new Sunday night party.

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