HOST INTRO: For two centuries, Americans have told a familiar story. A lanky schoolteacher named Ichabod Crane visits a village, falls for the most beautiful girl in the land, and gets chased out of town by a headless horseman. This year marks the 200th anniversary of Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” And the […]
At a public hearing today in New York City, members of the state assembly considered expert testimony on whether to do away with a test called the SHSAT. This standardized exam has been the sole requirement for entry into the city’s elite public schools since the 1970s. New Yorkers had strong opinions on both sides […]
HOST INTRO: The James Beard Awards — AKA “the Oscars of the food world” — are on Monday. Food-obsessed New Yorkers are ready to line up outside the restaurant of this year’s Best Chef in New York City. Khushbu Shah is a senior food editor at Thrillist. She was also on the committee that whittled […]
Furniture giant Ikea just opened a new branch in Manhattan last week. The store is radically different from Ikea’s usual one: it’s smaller, it works as a showroom and it doesn’t sell meatballs. Reporter Bianca Giacobone went to the Upper East Side to check it out.
If you came across a gaggle of children exploring a city park this week, it’s because of the city’s Urban Park Rangers. Kids Week is a free program timed with DOE spring break. And as Rebekah Ward reports, it’s about more than just fun and games.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 movement […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.