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: 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 […]
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 […]
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.
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, those parties […]
Only six states in the country have legislation that gives undocumented students financial aid and scholarships to attend college. New York could soon become the latest one. Governor Cuomo is expected to sign the NY State Dream Act. The bill would allow the 4,500 undocumented students who graduate every year to get state tuition and scholarships for college. Reporter Andrea Salcedo met a local student whose future college choice could be heavily influenced by this bill.
HOST INTRO: The political fallout of Amazon pulling out of Long Island City is making its way to a local election. As Ali Swenson reports, two lawmakers in Queens are using it to stand out in a crowded race. SWENSON 1: City Council Member Eric Ulrich is in a hurry. ((SOUND: Bustle outside Fox News. […]
The NYPD says that their unit that investigates sex crimes is the best in the country. But victims of sexual assault and advocates say that while the police detectives have definitely improved in recent years – how they talk to survivors still has a long way to go. Both sides agree training is the answer, but as Stevie Hertz found, the question has become – how much?
New York City has a lot of waste. And most of it, is food waste. Last year, the Department of Sanitation collected nearly 30,000 tons of banana peels, coffee grounds and expired lettuce. And the city is expanding its composting program. But not mandating it. If it did, it could be collecting 40 times that. As the program stands now, few people are participating. And environmentalists are hoping to get that number up. Meira Gebel reports.
MARSTON: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has a commanding lead over political newcomer Cynthia Nixon. That’s according to a NBC Marist poll released yesterday, which shows 68 percent of democrats in the state favor Cuomo. Nixon was at 21 percent. If you’re not familiar with Nixon, maybe this will help… ((Sex and the City theme […]
HOST: A class action lawsuit was filed recently against the NYPD, over their religious head covering removal policy. The plaintiffs named in the case are two Muslim women who claim the police forced them to remove their hijab when taking arrest photographs. The lawsuit is an indicator of how bad relations between Muslim women and […]
Back in January, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña launched 33 new Pre-K dual language programs — classrooms where the curriculum is taught in two different Languages. The De Blasio administration has pushed hard for these programs in New York City — where around a quarter of 3 to 4 year-olds learn English as a second […]