Sometimes old dogs learn new tricks. On this week’s show, we have stories of NYC video rental stores staying alive in the age of on-demand streaming, struggles to maintain the old, like finding enough pilots to fly aircraft,s and the downsides to preserving historic buildings. All that and more on Uptown Radio.
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.
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.
A new exhibit about Paul Robeson, a performer and civil rights activist, opens today at the Whitney. The exhibit was designed by Academy-Award winning filmmaker Steve McQueen. Gilda Di Carli has the story.
Engineers in Brooklyn are doing… what engineers do… trying to make new versions of these machines that are faster, lighter, smaller, and smarter. And they’re drawing inspiration from insects. Adele Humbert looked into this new research to see how far the technology has come.
People often say they like to read, but if you ask them to name the past few books they’ve finished, they’re usually less quick to answer. Commentator Alison Vicrobeck, on the other hand? She’d give you a long list of books. With her stats.
Reddit — one of the most popular social news sites is also, one of the biggest playgrounds for trolls. Harassers and bullies can post with little consequence and their targets haven’t been able to do much about it. Until now. Reddit announced last week a new feature to curb online harassment. It would allow one user to block another if they’re being bothered. Sounds simple, but as Isabella Kulkarni reports blocking users may not be enough to tackle harassment.
The National Action Network, or NAN, celebrated its 25th anniversary today. The organization, founded by the Reverend Al Sharpton, opened its national convention in Midtown, bringing together veteran civil rights activists from all over the city and as far away as South Carolina and Texas. But just how relevant is quarter-century old civil rights organization in the age of Black Lives Matter and Twitter activism? Jaki Johnson reports
69 years ago today, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when he played his first game at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn. Here in Manhattan, Katie Ferguson went to the New York Historical Society to check out a new exhibit that features an important piece of that civil rights history.
Student safety is measured in numbers of violent incidents. But the problem is what numbers do you use? An advocacy group is taking the Department of Education to court. It says because it claims the city is not doing enough to keep students safe. They city says schools are safer. On some level, the disagreement comes down to which sets of numbers you’re looking at. Gilda Di Carli reports.
When it comes to presidential election, the New York primary rarely gets much attention. But Richard Born, a political science professor at Vassar College, says this year is different. Host Stephan Bisaha spoke with Born about to why this Tuesday’s primary election is suddenly a factor in the presidential race, and what’s at stake for the candidates going forward.
In an age saturated with instant messaging, from Messenger to WhatsApp, Oliver Arnoldi has learned about the benefits of a slower method of communication.
New Yorkers now have more options when dealing with the birth of a child or caring for a sick family member. Governor Cuomo signed a law last week that requires employers to give 12 paid weeks and set up a tax to fund it. The law will go into effect in January 2018. As Henriette Chacar reports, advocates say now the next level of work is beginning.