The biggest buildings in New York are also big polluters. About a third of New York’s greenhouse gas emissions come from just 4 percent of the city’s largest towers.
HOST INTRO: If you’re a renter in New York City, there’s about a 50/50 chance your apartment is rent-stabilized. But the laws that outline protection for renters expire every four years. When they do, New Yorkers lobby the state legislature. Tenants want to expand renter protections. Landlords want to reduce them. As the bills come […]
Urban Librarian Conference 2019, Brooklyn Public Library. * When you think of libraries, you often think of a place full of books. But lately libraries are offering a range of new services. This means librarians are undertaking jobs they might not have trained for: giving help with taxes, preparation for job interviews and even administering […]
When women go to work, on average they don’t get paid as much as men. It’s called gender pay gap. And New York City wants to help, with a program that finances businesses owned by women and minorities. But according to a Comptroller’s report released last week the program hasn’t come close to meet its […]
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.
HOST INTRO: Yet another Brexit deadline was missed today. British lawmakers had to negotiate a plan to leave the European Union. But with tensions high and no resolution in sight, they got a two-week extension to decide for good whether the UK wants in or out. Meanwhile, as Ali Swenson reports, there’s another separatist […]
Two-way interview by Uptown Radio reporter Bianca Giacobone, broadcasted on 08 March 2019. Guest speaker American journalist David “Doc” Searls. During Nation Consumer Protection Week Governor Cuomo just announced a new initiative to educate consumers about the risks of personal information online. As a first step, the state division of consumers’ protection published an analysis […]
HOST INTRO: After a fatal crash that killed 20 people last October in upstate New York, Governor Cuomo wanted to ban stretch limousines. THEN, after much opposition from the limo industry, he agreed not to. Now, he is proposing all limo and large vehicles–old and new–to install seat belts for its passengers. Reporter Andrea Salcedo […]
On Tuesday, Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo announced a 10-point plan they say will “fix and transform” the MTA. Funding for the plan would come from congestion pricing. Andrea Salcedo explains.
HOST INTRO: New Jersey is mulling over a bill that would ban all single-use plastic bags, and more. But one city has gotten ahead of the state debate. Hoboken is the first city in Jersey to put a ban into practice. One month in, Rebekah Ward checks with locals to see how it’s going… […]
For small businesses, New York can be a city of unique challenges and opportunities. For bookstores, those challenges can be overwhelming. In the 50s, there were almost 400 bookstores in Manhattan. Now, less than quarter of that number remain. Stores are hoping to leverage the loyalty of their communities to survive. SCRIPT: GIACOBONE: Book Culture […]
HOST INTRO: Tech company Amazon broke up with Long Island City on Valentine’s Day. But some New Yorkers, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, are still trying to salvage the relationship. For the past two weeks, Cuomo has been calling Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to try to woo back HQ2, the New York Times […]
HOST INTRO: Soho hasn’t been rezoned since 1971. But city councillors and the borough president hope to change that. They’re holding a series of public hearings to gather opinions. Now, according to zoning laws, you have to be an artist to live in the area. As Moira (MOY-rah) Warburton (WAR-burr-tun) reports, the potential for change […]
SWENSON 1: From Columbia Radio News, in New York, I’m Ali Swenson. The state of New York is preparing to criminally charge Paul Manafort if the president pardons his former campaign chairman. Manafort is scheduled for federal sentencing next month for tax and bank fraud. — Governor Andrew Cuomo made […]
HOST INTRO: New York City’s election for public advocate is Tuesday. It’s happening now because Tish James, who used to hold the seat of city watchdog, just started as the state’s attorney general. But since it’s an off-season special election, it’s nonpartisan. That means even when candidates identify as Democrats or Republicans, […]