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Published: Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:00:00 +0000

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The Poetry of Everyday Life

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:00:00 +0000

When something momentous happens in our lives, we often turn to the written word to share our enthusiasm. For a lot of people today that means a text, an e-mail or perhaps a Facebook post. A new book explores how time and time again everyday folks turn to storytelling, more specifically poetry, to record and respond to what’s happening in their lives. The book is called The Poetry of Everyday Life: Storytelling and the Art of Awareness. The author is folklorist, writer, and cultural activist, Steve Zeitlin. Steve is the founding director of the nonprofit cultural center City Lore in Manhattan. He's our guest on this week's Cityscape.


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The Sounds of Success: An Interview with Joel Beckerman

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:00:00 +0000

You might not know his name, or recognize his face, but more than likely you’re familiar with his work. Joel Beckerman is an award-winning composer, music producer for film and television and founder of Man Made Music, a company that specializes in what’s known as sonic branding. They’ve produced sounds for global giants like Disney, NBC and AT&T. We recently caught up with Joel at Made Made Music’s studios in Lower Manhattan to talk about the power of music and sound in our lives, as well as his advice for success.


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The World's Greatest Bookstores

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:00:00 +0000

eBooks and on-line retailers have put a strain on independent booksellers around the globe, but mom-and-pop book shops still hold a special place in the hearts of many people, and a lot of them are holding strong against the competition. Illustrator, writer and New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein pays tribute to the independent bookstore in his new book Footnotes from the World’s Greatest Bookstores: True Tales and Lost Moments from Book Buyers, Booksellers and Book Lovers. Bob is our guest on this week’s Cityscape.


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Con men, Hustlers and the Black Market

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 11:00:00 +0000

As the holidays approach, shoppers will be on the hunt for a bargain. But, not all of them will just be sifting through the clearance rack. Some will hit the streets of New York City in search of a steal on the black market. On this week’s Cityscape, we’re talking about con men, hustlers, and the black market.


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Multigenerational Family Dynamics

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 11:00:00 +0000

With Thanksgiving coming up, a lot of us are getting ready to spend time with our immediate and extended family. While most people only deal with the prying questions and awkward conversations for a few hours once or twice a year, some endure them every day. On this week’s Cityscape, we’re exploring multigenerational family dynamics at home and in business.


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Strike a Chord: Veterans Returning Home

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 10:00:00 +0000

The road to reintegration can be difficult for veterans. It can be hard to find a job and a place to live. And some vets come back with physical and/or emotional wounds that need tending to. In this WFUV/BronxNet Strike a Chord special, we’re delving into the challenges veterans can face as they transition from military to civilian life. And we’ll also be hearing about programs that aim to help veterans with that transition. The Jericho Project runs one those programs. Our guests in this program include Tori Lyon, the Jericho Project’s CEO. We'll also hear from Vu Nguyen who served in the U.S. Navy from 2004 to 2008 and now works with the organization, The Mission Continues, and Josh Chrisman, an Army and Army National Guard Veteran who now works with American Corporate Partners.


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Gangs of Chinatown

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:00:00 +0000

New York City's Chinatown is known for its restaurants, shops and festivals, but what about gang violence? Rewind to the turn of the 20th century and you'll find the neighborhood was riddled with it. On this week's Cityscape, we're talking with Scott Seligman, author of Tong Wars: The Untold Story of Vice, Money and Murder in New York's Chinatown.


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The Making of an Urban Wonderland

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:00:00 +0000

Brooklyn Bridge Park has become a popular destination for locals and tourists alike in New York City. The park offers spectacular views of New York Harbor, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Lower Manhattan skyline. But, not too long ago, the area was an industrial wasteland. A new book explores how the eyesore became an urban wonderland. It’s called Brooklyn Bridge Park: A Dying Waterfront Transformed. Joanne Witty co-authored the book with the late journalist Henrik Krogius. Joanne is a lawyer, environmentalist, president of the local development corporation that developed Brooklyn Bridge Park’s master plan and vice chair of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation. Joanne is our guest on this week’s Cityscape.


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The Power of Collaboration

Wed, 12 Oct 2016 10:00:00 +0000

The song from the musical A Chorus Line may refer to "one singular sensation," but our guest on this week's Cityscape believes strongly in the power of twos. Yoav Litvin is a New York City-based scientist, photographer and writer. Yoav has spent a lot of time studying the brain, but he’s also spent a lot of time studying New York City’s street art scene. He joins us to talk about his latest project 2Create: Art Collaborations in New York City.


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Seinfeld's Soup Nazi Gives Up the Soup

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 10:00:00 +0000

"No soup for you!" It's one of the most memorable television catchphrases of all time. Joining us on this week Cityscape is Seinfeld's Soup Nazi (actor Larry Thomas) and the CEO of The Original Soupman soups, Jamie Karson.


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Media Mogul Nely Galán on How to Go Big!

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000

Nely Galán was the first Latina president of a U.S. television network, Telemundo. She went on to run her own independent production company Galán Entertainment. She’s produced over 700 episodes of television in English and Spanish, and in 2008 Nely even appeared on Celebrity Apprentice with Donald Trump. The New York Times Magazine has called Nely the “Tropical Tycoon.”  She was born in Cuba. Nely’s parents moved to the United States when she was just a little girl. Nely is now on a mission to help other women (and men for that matter) become successful entrepreneurs. She’s out with a new book called Self Made: Becoming Empowered, Self-Reliant and Rich in Every Way. Nely is our guest on this week's Cityscape.


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Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000

New York City’s Chelsea Hotel has a storied history. The famously run-down hotel on West 23rd Street in Manhattan is in the midst of what appears to be a drawn out renovation. But, it’s the list of who once called the Chelsea home that has garnered it the most attention over the years. The hotel was built during the latter part of the 1800s. And from the beginning it attracted creative types. It’s been a haven for artists, writers and musicians. Among them – Bob Dylan, Jasper Johns, Patti Smith and Leonard Cohen. Even in more recent years, the Chelsea Hotel has housed a vibrant cast of characters. Just ask Nicolaia Rips. She grew up there. The 17-year-old is now out with a memoir about her experiences. It’s called Trying to Float: Coming of Age in the Chelsea Hotel. Nicolaia is our guest on this week's Cityscape.


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Finding Your True Essence: An Interview with Kute Blackson

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000

What if today was the last day of your life? Would you do anything differently? Would you regret having not taken action on something sooner?

Our guest on this edition of Cityscape is Kute Blackson, spiritual leader, transformational coach and the author of You Are the One.

Kute joins us to share advice on how to unlock your potential and create a life that you truly want to live.


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9/11 15 Years Later: Tuesday's Children

Wed, 07 Sep 2016 10:00:00 +0000

It’s been 15 years since Americans were shaken by the news of hijacked planes slamming into the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. It was a beautiful sunny Tuesday morning when the story started to unfold. Nearly 3,000 people were killed on 9/11, and the needs of families affected by the tragedy were great. That’s where Tuesday’s Children comes in. The organization formed to help kids and families of 9/11 victims heal and move forward. 15 years after 9/11, the group is still in operation and helping youth, families and communities impacted by terrorism and traumatic loss. Terry Sears is the Executive Director of Tuesday’s Children. She's our guest on this week's Cityscape.


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Underwater New York

Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:00:00 +0000

What do a dead giraffe, a robot hand and a grand piano have in common? They’re all objects found in the waterways around New York City. A digital journal called Underwater New York publishes stories, art and music inspired by objects discovered in the shadowy depths of the city’s waterways. On this week's Cityscape, we're talking with founding editor Nicki Pombier Berger and editor Helen Georgas.


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Exploring the History of the Bowery

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 13:00:00 +0000

The Bowery in Lower Manhattan is New York City’s oldest thoroughfare. The 1.25 mile stretch has a rich and storied past with strong connections to vaudeville, beat literature and punk rock. But nowadays the Bowery’s history has somewhat faded into its present, which includes high-end shops, bars and eateries. The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors is working to preserve and protect the history of the legendary street. The Bowery Alliance recently sponsored a project involving 64 window placards celebrating the Bowery’s remarkable, but largely forgotten contributions to American culture and history. It’s called Windows on the Bowery. On this week's Cityscape, we're talking with the President of the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, David Mulkins.


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Unexpected Gardens and Birds in NYC

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 10:00:00 +0000

We are a society addicted to our cell phones. Take a look around the streets of New York City and chances are the majority of people around you will be staring down at their palms, checking e-mails or texting with friends or family. But, when we spend so much time staring at that glowing screen in our palms, we’re missing out on all that’s around us, including some pretty magnificent gardens and wildlife you may be surprised to see in a city like New York. On this week’s Cityscape we’re exploring unexpected greenery and bird species in the Big Apple.


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Addiction in the Legal Profession

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:00:00 +0000

A recent study found that lawyers struggle with substance abuse, particularly drinking, and with depression and anxiety more commonly than some other professionals. Our guest on this week’s Cityscape knows all too well about problem drinking in the legal profession. Lisa F. Smith was addicted to alcohol and drugs while working at prominent New York City law firms.  Lisa has been sober for just over 12 years, and shares her story of addiction and recovery in her new memoir, Girl Walks Out of a Bar.


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The Power of the Bath

Wed, 10 Aug 2016 10:00:00 +0000

When you think about bath time, what comes to mind? If you’re a parent of a young child, perhaps it’s the challenge of getting your kid into the tub. If you grew up watching Sesame Street, it might be Ernie and his rubber ducky. And if you’re someone who loves the 80’s, maybe it’s the phrase “Calgon, take me away!” Bathing has meant different things to many cultures over the centuries. Doctor Paulette Kouffman Sherman, a psychologist in New York City, dives deep into the history and power of a mindful soak in her new book – The Book of Sacred Baths: 52 Bathing Rituals to Revitalize Your Spirit. She’s our guest on this week’s Cityscape.


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The Bowery Boys

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 22:00:00 +0000

New York City is bursting with history.  You can still see some of it with your very own eyes. For instance, you can pay a visit to what’s billed as Manhattan’s oldest house, the Morris-Jumel Mansion. But, some of the Big Apple’s history is no longer visible, like the prison where the crooked politician William "Boss” Tweed died in 1878. Greg Young and Tom Meyers are good friends who dive deep into the history of New York City in their hit podcast – The Bowery Boys. Since they started in 2007 they’ve produced more than 200 episodes, and are now making the rounds promoting their first book Adventures in Old New York. Greg and Tom recently dropped by our studios to talk about their ongoing exploration into the city’s rich past.


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Operation Backpack

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000

It can be a challenge for any kid to head back to school after summer break. After all there is something to be said for lazy days hanging out with friends at the park, beach or pool. But, summer only lasts so long, and soon kids will be trading in their beach balls for notebooks. For a lot of families in New York City, the cost of getting a child ready for a new school year can be out of reach. Enter – Operation Backpack. The initiative provides backpacks stocked with grade-appropriate school supplies to kids living in homeless and domestic violence shelters. On this week's Cityscape, we're talking with the program's founder, Rachel Weinstein.


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The Secrets of Green-Wood Cemetery

Wed, 20 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000

Before Central Park and before Prospect Park, there was Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery.  With its rolling hills, majestic views and beautiful monuments, the cemetery was once one of the nation’s greatest tourist attractions – right up there with Niagara Falls.  Green-Wood doesn’t pack in as many tourists today, but it still remains a popular destination. The roster of those interred at Green-Wood Cemetery reads like a “Who’s Who” of great New Yorkers. We recently dug into Green-Wood's history with a guy who knows quite a bit about it -- the cemetery's historian, Jeff Richman.


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Sweet as Sin

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000

What do Tootsie Rolls, Jujubes and Hot Tamales all have in common? They’re candies that originated right here in New York City. On this week's Cityscape we're taking a bite into candy history. Our guest is Susan Benjamin. She’s the author of Sweet as Sin: The Unwrapped Story of How Candy Became American’s Favorite Pleasure.


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Hamilton Fever

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 10:00:00 +0000

It’s taken Broadway and much of the nation by storm.  The musical Hamilton has sparked renewed interest in the man whose face graces the $10 bill. And perhaps it was bound to happen, but we at Cityscape, have finally caught Hamilton fever.
On this edition of Cityscape, we’re diving into the life and legacy of Alexander Hamilton.


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Strike a Chord: The Healing Power of the Arts

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000

The arts can play an important role in the rehabilitation of those who’ve suffered both mental and physical trauma, from stroke sufferers to survivors of domestic violence. As part of WFUV's Strike a Chord campaign, we conducted a panel discussion at BronxNet Television.  Our guests included:

  • Suzanne Tribe, a music therapist who works with the Healing Arts program at Montefiore Health System.
  • Lindsay Aaron, an art therapist at Montefiore. She works with adult patients within the oncology and palliative care departments.
  • Ariel Edwards, Community Arts Director at the Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York.  The Clay Art Center has a workshop for people living with cancer.
  • Dolores Anselmo, someone who benefits from the Clay Art Center.


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Moby On His New Memoir 'Porcelain'

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 22:44:27 +0000

When it comes to electronic dance music, Moby is a legend.  He was the genre’s first rock-star. Moby was born in Harlem. But, grew up as a poor kid in a rich town in Connecticut. In the late 1980’s, Moby was drawn to what he calls “the dirty mecca” of New York City.  The short ride on Metro North into Manhattan would provide him with a world of opportunity.  As a DJ and electronic musician, he became a staple of the rave scene. But, Moby’s ride to international fame wasn’t always a smooth one.  He recalls a decade of hardship in his new memoir, Porcelain, which is also the title of a song on Moby’s wildly successful album Play. Cityscape Host George Bodarky recently talked with Moby about his road to success, as well as his name, which in case you didn’t know, has a direct connection to Herman Melville.


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The Brooklyn Experience

Wed, 15 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000

From Coney Island to Green-Wood Cemetery to Prospect Park, Brooklyn has a whole lot to offer locals and tourists alike. The borough has a tremendously rich history with a variety of vibrant neighborhoods. Many of those neighborhoods have seen a great deal of change over the years. Freelance writer Ellen Freudenheim has witnessed that changed first hand. She’s a long-time Brooklyn resident and recently completed her fourth guidebook to the borough. It’s called The Brooklyn Experience: The Ultimate Guide to Neighborhoods and Noshes, Culture and the Cutting Edge. Ellen is our guest on this week's Cityscape.


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Central Park's Trees and Landscapes

Wed, 08 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000

New York’s Central Park has longed provided respite from the bustling concrete jungle. The park was designed by landscape architect and writer Frederick Law Olmsted and the English architect Calvert Vaux in 1858 after winning a design competition. Central Park has a wide array of amenities from running and bike paths to a swimming pool to ice skating rinks, but it’s the park’s trees and landscapes that are the subject of a new book. It’s called Central Park: Trees and Landscapes: A Guide to New York City’s Masterpiece. The authors are long-time park enthusiast Edward Sibley Barnard and Neil Calvanese, the Central Park Conservancy’s former Vice President for Operations and chief arborist. Barnard is also the author of another book called New York City Trees: A Field Guide for the Metropolitan Area. Cityscape host George Bodarky recently took a walk with Barnard to check out some of Central Park's magnificent trees.


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Becoming Grandma

Wed, 01 Jun 2016 10:00:00 +0000

For at least some people the word grandma still conjures up images of a little old lady sitting on a rocking chair and knitting. And while that may have been a largely accurate portrayal at one point in our history, you can’t paint grandmothers today with such a broad brush. Veteran journalist Lesley Stahl is a grandmother of two, and examines the role of grandparents in society in a new book called Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting.  Lesley joins us on this week's Cityscape to talk about her book. We also talk with another journalist whose working to shed new light on the role of grandparents in society. Her name is Olivia Gentile and she’s the brains behind a website called The Grandparent Effect.


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Celebrating 125 Years of the NYBG

Wed, 25 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000

New York City is a frenetic, fast-paced and noisy place, but thankfully there are plenty of areas to find solace in the concrete jungle, including at the New York Botanical Garden. The 250-acre site in the Bronx is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. For more than a decade, Larry Lederman, photographer and member of the NYBG’s Board of Advisors, has been observing and photographing the Garden in all seasons and at all times of day. We visited with Larry at the Garden to learn all about his work.


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New York's Yiddish Theater

Wed, 18 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000

New York City's theatrical community has a rich and storied past. But, ask most people about Yiddish Theater and chances are they know only one show with a Yiddish connection -- Fiddler on the Roof. But, the story of Yiddish Theater spans well beyond the mainstream stage.  A new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York dives deep into the history of Yiddish Theater. The exhibit is called New York's Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway, and is accompanied by a book of the same name. The woman behind the project, Edna Nahshon, is our guest on this week's Cityscape.


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Life Beyond Baseball with the '86 Mets

Wed, 11 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000

If you’re a baseball fan, there’s nothing more thrilling than when you’re favorite team advances to the World Series. Mets fans had that thrill last year. Although their hopes of winning the championship were dashed when the Mets lost to the Kansas City Royals in Game Five of the series. It was a much different outcome for Mets fans in 1986. The Amazins won the World Series that year in a match up against the Boston Red Sox. But what happened after the champagne stopped flowing? A new book explores that question, looking at where life took several members of the '86 Mets after their big victory. It’s called Kings of Queens: Life Beyond Baseball with the '86 Mets. The author is sportswriter Erik Sherman. He's our guest on this week's show.


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Play Ball!

Wed, 04 May 2016 10:00:00 +0000

It’s America’s "favorite pastime." Both the Bronx and Queens are buzzing this time of year with the Yankees and Mets in action. Baseball has rich history in New York, and of course, across this great nation of ours. A new book delves deep into that history. It’s written with kids in mind, but enlightening for baseball enthusiasts of any age. Our guest this week is Richard Panchyk, author of Baseball History for Kids: America at Bat from 1900 to Today.


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The Legacy of Jane Jacobs

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000

Imagine running a highway through Washington Square Park. That could have happened. Urban planner Robert Moses put the idea on the table in the 1950s. But, then Jane Jacobs intervened. The urbanist and activist led the successful fight against the four-lane highway, as well as other Robert Moses' projects. Jacobs was opposed to the kind of city planning that involves big development and urban renewal projects that tear down old communities. She’s best known for her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Jacobs’ ideas have often been met with criticism from developers and city planners. But, a lot of planning experts agree that her work helped to shape modern thinking about Jane Jacobs would have turned 100 on May 4th. Several activities are planned in New York City and beyond this month to celebrate her life and legacy, including an event called Jane’s Walk. On this edition of Cityscape, we're exploring the life and legacy of Jane Jacobs.


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NYC Before Sunrise

Wed, 20 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000

New York City is known for its hustle and bustle.  In fact it’s that frenetic energy that often attracts people to the Big Apple.  Just look at how the tourists eat up Times Square. But, the city that’s known for never sleeping, does indeed doze a bit.  On this edition of the show, we’re exploring New York City before the sun comes up. Our guests include:


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...Yours Truly

Wed, 13 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000

In the age of texting, e-mailing and tweeting, the idea of sitting down to write a letter might seem foreign to a lot of people. On this week's Cityscape, we're talking with a couple of folks who want to revive the art of letter writing. We'll also check in with a Brooklyn-based artist who tosses messages in bottles in the waters off of New York City to raise awareness about the protection of wild birds.  One of George Boorujy's bottles made its way from Staten Island all the way to France.


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A Walk Along St. Marks Place

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 10:00:00 +0000

In a city like New York that’s constantly evolving, you often hear grumblings that neighborhoods just aren’t what they used to be.  You even have people who miss the old Times Square as gritty and crime ridden as it once was. Further downtown, St. Marks Place is frequently the subject of that kind of debate.  The three block stretch in the East Village has long had a reputation as being a hotspot for counterculture. It’s synonymous with names like Allen Ginsberg, Andy Warhol and the Ramones. But, some feel that pizzazz has been lost to gentrification.  Regardless, the tiny street has a long and rich history. Journalist Ada Calhoun grew up on St. Marks Place, and recently penned a book about it.  It’s called St. Marks Is Dead: The Many Lives of America’s Hippest Street. Ada and Cityscape host George Bodarky recently met up to take a walk through her old neighborhood. 


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The Power of Maps

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 10:00:00 +0000

​​Maps have long played an integral role in society. They’ve been used to discover treasure and foreign lands, identify and locate constellations and stars, and simply to get to a relative’s house on time for Thanksgiving dinner. On this edition of Cityscape, we’re exploring the power of the map. Our guests are Becky Cooper, author of Mapping Manhattan: A Love (and Sometimes Hate) Story in Maps by 75 New Yorkers, and award-winning cartographer, graphic designer and information architect, Stephan Van Dam. Stephan is the President and Creative Director of New York City-based VanDam Inc.


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NYC From a Toddler's Perspective

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 10:00:00 +0000

From food to entertainment, the Big Apple has a lot to offer no matter your age. On this edition of Cityscape, we’re taking a look at New York City from a toddler’s perspective.

The city has a lot to offer a kid between the ages of one and three years old -- from cool museums to foreign language programs. This week we’ll pay a visit to a French for toddlers class on Manhattan’s upper East Side. We'll also check out a place that brings a little piece of country life to New York City kids.  And we'll talk with a photographer who literally set out to see what the city looked like from his toddler's perspective.


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NYC Through the Lens

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:00:00 +0000

New York is one of the most photographed cities in the world. Just think about how many people you see snapping pictures in Times Square alone on any given day. On this week's Cityscape we're focusing on photo taking in New York City through the lens two specific individuals. One is no longer with us, but left a significant mark on the world of photography, as well as in other areas including women’s rights. Staten Island native Alice Austen was one of the nation’s earliest and most prolific female photographers. We'll also hear from photographer Harvey Stein. He's been shooting in the streets of New York City since John Lindsay was mayor. His latest book Briefly Seen: New York Street Life includes photographs taken between 1974 and 2014.


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The Doctor is In

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 11:00:00 +0000

When you think of a doctor, what image comes to mind? For a lot of people it’s a person in a white lab coat with a stethoscope around his or her neck. But, with dramatic advances in health care and technology since the stethoscope was invented 200 years ago, is it still a useful tool? Coming up on this week’s Cityscape we’ll explore that question and delve a bit into New York City’s medical history. We'll learn all about the New York Academy of Medicine, which has been helping to advance the health of people living in cities since 1847, and pay a visit to the oldest continuous dermatology office in Manhattan.


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Strike a Chord: Mentoring At-Risk Youth

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 11:00:00 +0000

You can't underestimate the value of positive role models in the lives of young people, especially those at risk. This winter, WFUV's Strike a Chord campaign is focusing its attention on mentoring programs in the tri-state region. Listen to this special panel discussion we produced in conjunction with BronxNet Television.


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One-Food Wonders

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 11:00:00 +0000

To make it in New York, you need to stand out.  And while there is strength in numbers, sometimes you need to just go it alone.  Be bold.  Make a statement.  Separate yourself from the rest. Enter “One-Food Wonders.” On this week’s Cityscape we’re honing in on eateries that specialize in just one thing, like grilled cheese sandwiches, rice pudding and pickles.


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The Battle for Broadway

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 11:00:00 +0000

The lights on Broadway are as bright as ever. Broadway is now the number one tourist destination in New York City. But, in the 1970’s Broadway almost went dark for good. Our guest this week is Michael Reidel the theatre columnist for the New York Post and the co-host of the long running PBS show Theater Talk. He’s here to talk about his new book Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway, which pulls back the curtain on the history of the Great White Way.  Michael, thanks so much for coming in.


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A Slice of NYC

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 11:00:00 +0000

When it comes to New York foods, for a lot of people, pizza tops the list of favorites. No doubt New Yorkers know their stuff when it comes to sauce, crust and cheese.  

Pizza has a long history in the Big Apple.  In fact, New York is home to what’s said to be the first pizzeria in America -- Lombardi’s in Manhattan.

On this week's Cityscape -- all things pizza, including a look at a new coffee table book that features photographs of pizzerias in all five boroughs, as well as the stories of shop owners, employees and patrons.  


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NYPD Green

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000

Luke Waters was born in Ireland and had dreams of following in his grandfather's and brother's footsteps by joining that country's police force.  Waters did fulfill his dream of becoming a cop -- only in New York City.  He spent two decades with the NYPD.  Waters details his experiences in a new memoir called NYPD Green: An Irish-Born Detective's Twenty Years on the Mean Streets of New York.  He joins us on this week's Cityscape to share his story.


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Conscious Living

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000

Gadadhara Pandit Dasa spent 15 years as a practicing Monk in New York City.  He details his experiences in a book called Urban Monk. But, Pandit has since left the monastery he called home on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. He’s now devoting his life to helping others de-stress as a meditation teacher, inspirational speaker and well-being expert. Pandit was first on Cityscape in June of 2014 to talk about life as a monk in the Big Apple.  He’s back this week to share what life is like for him in his new role outside of the monastery.


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Spin Cycle

Wed, 20 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000

New York is the most populous city in the United States.  Space is, of course, at a premium.  For a lot of people that means no room for a washer/dryer in their apartment. Enter the laundromat. On this edition of Cityscape, an "ode to the laundromat."


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Savoring Gotham

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000

New York City has long been recognized as a food lover’s paradise. From its fine restaurants to its street food, the city has something for every palate. Our guest on this edition of Cityscape is Cathy Kaufman.  Cathy is the Associate Editor of Savoring Gotham: A Food Lover’s Companion to New York City.


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NYC Storefronts

Wed, 06 Jan 2016 11:00:00 +0000

For mom and pop shops in New York City, high rents and competition from chain stores and online retailers can be insurmountable barriers. The city has seen many small businesses shutter their doors over the years as a result of these challenges.  
Over the past several years, husband and wife photography team James and Karla Murray have been photographing the distinctive facades of mom and pop shops throughout the five boroughs. Their first book of images called Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York came out in 2008.  Karla and James are now out with a follow up book called Store Front II: A History Preserved The Disappearing Face of New York.  Karla is our guest on this edition of Cityscape.


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First Times

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 11:00:00 +0000

Think back on some of your most impactful “firsts” in life -- a first love, a first big career move, a first tragedy.  They are all moments that undoubtedly helped to shape who you are today. On this episode of Cityscape, New York City is the backdrop for life changing firsts, including first loves, first babies and first cancer diagnoses.


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Pastrami, Pickles and Mustard

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 11:00:00 +0000

On this week’s Cityscape we’re taking a bite into the history of Jewish delis in New York City with the author of a new book called Pastrami on Rye. Because pickles go well with pastrami on rye bread, we’ll pay a visit to the Pickles Guys on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, the only pickle store still on Essex Street, which was once home to a bunch of them. And we’ll top the show off with a little mustard.  We’ll talk with the current owner of A Bauer’s Mustard, a family owned mustard company that opened in New York City in 1888.


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Everything NYC

Wed, 16 Dec 2015 11:00:00 +0000

New York is a city that has pretty much everything.  But, taking it all in, well, that could be exhausting, not to mention take a lifetime. Our guests on this edition of Cityscape each have a story about trying to take in some of the “everything” the Big Apple has to offer.  We’ll hear from a guy on a mission to draw every person in New York City, a college professor who walked every block in the Big Apple, and a man who set out to try every slice of regular pizza in Manhattan.


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Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 11:00:00 +0000

Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal has been called many things over the years. A cesspool, an industrial dumping ground, a blemish. But, our guest on this edition of Cityscape says the 1.8 mile canal is also one of the most important waterways in the history of New York Harbor. Joseph Alexiou is a licensed New York City tour guide, and the author of Gowanus: Brooklyn’s Curious Canal


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Homelessness in NYC

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 11:00:00 +0000

Homelessness is on the rise in New York City. According to a recent report from the Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, homelessness is up 11% from 2014. The survey found 75,323 people living on the streets or in shelters in the Big Apple. Mayor de Blasio has been taking a lot of heat for his handling of the homeless situation. But, he recently unveiled a $2.6 plan to help tackle the problem. The 15-year plan would create 15,000 units of housing that would include social services for veterans, mentally disabled people and others in need of assistance. On this edition of Cityscape, we’ll explore other efforts to help combat homelessness in the city, including Councilman Mark Levine’s push to stem evictions, and a program that uses running to combat homelessness.


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The Con Men: Hustling in New York City

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 11:00:00 +0000

This is an especially busy time of year in New York City.  Tourists typically come to the Big Apple in droves during the holiday season.  And with all of those out-of-towners comes the opportunity for con artists and hustlers to make some easy money. Our guests on this edition of Cityscape spent years with con artists to uncover their secrets. Trevor B. Milton is an assistant professor in social sciences at Queensborough Community College, and Terry Williams is a professor of sociology at the New School for Social Research.  Trevor and Terry join us to talk about their new book The Con Men: Hustling in New York City.


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Culinary Conversations

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 11:00:00 +0000

In the blink of an eye the holiday season is upon us once again. And for a lot of people that will mean more time in the kitchen cooking and baking for family and friends. On this week’s Cityscape, we’re focusing our attention on food, and to some extent, the preparation of it. We'll visit the Museum of Food and Drink in Brooklyn, where some of the exhibits, are, in fact, edible.  We'll also talk with famed food photographer Alan "Battman" Batt who has established a school to train line cooks in New York City.  The school educates unemployed people and places them in restaurants. It's free of charge to students. And we'll check in with Brooklyn resident and classically trained chef Jackie Newgent about her book The All-Natural Diabetes Cookbook.


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Exploring the Underground

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 12:00:00 +0000

Every day millions of people get to and from their destinations using the New York City subway system. A lot of them are too rushed to take notice of their surroundings. But, not Adam Chang. The freelance art director and designer has been taking the time to uncover the subway’s hidden treasures for his NY Train Project. Adam is cataloging the signs of subway stations on his website. He'll join us on this week's Cityscape to talk about the project. We'll also hear from the author of The Routes Not Taken: A Trip Through New York City’s Unbuilt Subway System, as well as talk with a busker who plays the saw at the Times Square, Union Square and Herald Square subway stations.


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Strike a Chord: Family Caregivers

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 11:00:00 +0000

Each quarter, WFUV works to raise awareness of a particular issue through our Strike a Chord campaign. Past campaigns have focused on everything from mental illness stereotypes to teen suicide prevention. WFUV and Bronxnet Television teamed up to produce a special panel discussion for our latest campaign focused on family caregivers. When you’re faced with having to care for a sick or disabled loved one, you’re bound to encounter a set of new responsibilities – many of which might be unfamiliar or intimidating. Our panel discussion on the subject features the following guests: 
Randi Kaplan, Director Caregiver Support Program Montefiore Health System
Chris Widelo, Associate State Director for AARP New York
Matt Kudish, Senior Vice President of Caregiver Services at Alzheimer’s Association, New York City chapter
Sharon Corso, a caregiver for her husband who has Alzheimer’s Disease


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Painting Central Park

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 10:00:00 +0000

Central Park has long been a magnet for New Yorkers and tourists alike. Some people are drawn to it because of the peace and quiet it can provide in the often obnoxiously loud city. Others are attracted to its ballfields.  And if you’re a runner, you may appreciate both its hilly and flat terrain. Since its inception, artists have also felt the tug of Central Park. Roger F. Pasquier has put together a book that explores how artists have depicted the park in their work dating back to the mid 1800s. Roger studied art history at Columbia and the University of California, Berkley.  He retired from his career as an ornithologist a few years ago, which freed him up to focus on his book, titled Painting Central Park. Roger is our guest on this week's Cityscape.


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Women and War

Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:00:00 +0000

Women have played a wide variety of roles during wartime. During World War I, their main role was to work in munitions factories, on farms and other areas to replace men drafted into the military. But, as the years progressed, women got more and more involved in war efforts, including serving as journalists covering the combat. On this week’s Cityscape, we’ll talk with a New York City resident who’s penned a novel that explores the role of female journalists on the battleground and in the newsroom during the Vietnam War.  We'll also attend a retreat that takes an unusual approach to helping female veterans cope with PTSD.


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Unlocking the Doors to NYC's Most Impressive Sites

Wed, 14 Oct 2015 10:00:00 +0000

From landmark buildings like City Hall to hidden gems like New York Marble Cemetery in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood, New York is a city of endless discoveries. For one weekend each year, the organization OHNY, which stands for Open House New York, invites the public to explore hundreds of New York City’s most impressive sites. On this week's Cityscape we're talking with OHNY Executive Director Gregory Wessner, as well as checking out a couple of sites featured in this year's OHNY weekend.


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Everything Bagels

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 12:30:00 +0000

One could argue that no food item is more New York than the bagel. For a lot of people buying bagels on a Sunday morning is a ritual. But, let’s face it, New York City is a great place to grab a bagel any day of the week. The city is home to a wide variety of places to get a bagel fix. On this edition of Cityscape, we're taking a bite into the history and culture of the bagel in New York City.


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Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 10:00:00 +0000

You can see a lot of New York City from the top of a double-decker bus. But, outside views of the Empire State Building and the Metropolitan Museum of Art are limiting. If you never venture inside these kinds of iconic places you’ll miss out on some pretty spectacular interiors. A new book encourages readers to look beyond buildings’ facades.  It’s called Interior Landmarks: Treasures of New York. On this week's Cityscape, we're talking with the book's authors, Judith Gura and Kate Wood.


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Medical Marijuana

Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:00:00 +0000

New York City will soon be among the places where people can acquire medical marijuana with a prescription. The city’s first marijuana dispensary is scheduled to open in January near Manhattan’s Union Square. Under a law signed by Governor Cuomo in June 2014, five companies will be allowed to grow cannabis and operate 20 dispensaries throughout New York State. Many have slammed the legislation as being the most restrictive in the country. On this edition of Cityscape, we're exploring the issue of medical marijuana in New York.


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Are Libraries Still Relevant?

Wed, 16 Sep 2015 10:00:00 +0000

In the age of e-books and digital information, are libraries still relevant? The answer is a resounding yes if you ask Michael D.D. White and Carolyn McIntyre. The Brooklyn residents are the founders of the group Citizens Defending Libraries. They're our guests on this week's Cityscape, along with the author of a new book about an especially fierce battle against a project that would have demolished the beloved stacks at the main branch of the New York Public Library on 5th Avenue at 42nd Street in Manhattan. We'll also dive into the history of the marble lions that stand guard outside what's officially known as The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building. 


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Bar Life

Wed, 09 Sep 2015 10:00:00 +0000

As summer comes to a close, it’s likely that orders of cold beers will turn into orders of hot toddy’s. But regardless of your drink of choice, there are no shortage of places in New York City to throw one back. On this edition of Cityscape, we’ll delve into the history of some of New York City’s most noteworthy bars, and talk with a local bartender who holds the Guinness Record as the world’s fastest.


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Cityscape: Eyes Down

Wed, 02 Sep 2015 10:00:00 +0000

New York City is constantly evolving -- both above ground and underground. On this edition of Cityscape, we’ll hear about efforts to construct what’s billed as the world’s first underground park in an abandoned trolley terminal on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, as well as other efforts to re-invent under-utilized spaces in the Big Apple. We'll also delve into a little bit of history, or rather mystery. Are there cow tunnels under the streets of New York City?  Yes – cows as in "moo."


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One Righteous Man

Wed, 26 Aug 2015 10:00:00 +0000

Samuel Battle is far from a household name in New York City, yet he holds a very important place in the Big Apple’s history. Battle was the first African-American to join the NYPD. But, the road to becoming a police officer was not an easy one for Battle, and even after he got on the force, the challenges continued. He had to deal with racist colleagues, death threats and government corruption, along with criminals and gang members. A new book traces Samuel Battle’s amazing journey. It’s called One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York. The author is New York Daily News Editorial Page Editor, Arthur Browne. Browne joins us on this edition of Cityscape. Samuel Battle is far from a household name in New York City yet he holds a very important place in the Big Apple’s history. Battle was the first African-American to join the NYPD. But, the road to becoming a police officer was not an easy one for Battle, and even after he got on the force, the challenges continued. He had to deal with racist colleagues, death threats and government corruption, along with criminals and gang members. A new book traces Samuel Battle’s amazing journey. It’s called One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York. The author is Daily News Editorial Page Editor Arthur Browne. He's our guest on this edition of Cityscape. - See more at: http://www.wfuv.org/content/cityscape-one-righteous-man#sthash.ZCjasNoD.dpuf Samuel Battle is far from a household name in New York City yet he holds a very important place in the Big Apple’s history. Battle was the first African-American to join the NYPD. But, the road to becoming a police officer was not an easy one for Battle, and even after he got on the force, the challenges continued. He had to deal with racist colleagues, death threats and government corruption, along with criminals and gang members. A new book traces Samuel Battle’s amazing journey. It’s called One Righteous Man: Samuel Battle and the Shattering of the Color Line in New York. The author is Daily News Editorial Page Editor Arthur Browne. He's our guest on this edition of Cityscape. - See more at: http://www.wfuv.org/content/citys[...]


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A Peek Inside NYC's Social Clubs

Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:00:00 +0000

New York City is home to a wide variety of clubs where you can mix and mingle with people with similar interests and backgrounds, some more exclusive than others. In fact, the city has a rich history of elite social clubs dating back to the 1830s.  On this edition of Cityscape, we're exploring that history and taking a peek inside a couple of clubs that have been around for quite some time. 


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Guide to the Bronx

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 10:00:00 +0000

Out of all five boroughs in New York City, the Bronx is often not the first that comes to mind for visitors to the Big Apple.  Manhattan is typically the big draw.  With places like the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty getting a whole lot of love.  But, the Bronx has a lot to offer tourists and locals alike. A new guidebook spotlights a wide variety of cultural and historical attractions in the Bronx.  It’s called The Bronx: The Ultimate Guide to New York City's Beautiful Borough, and it’s written by Bronx Borough Historian and Fairleigh Dickinson University History Professor, Lloyd Ultan and former University Professor Shelley Olson. Lloyd and Shelley are our guests on this edition of Cityscape.


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Bourbon Empire

Mon, 10 Aug 2015 19:52:42 +0000

When it comes to Bourbon, Brooklyn resident Reid Mitenbuler is giving it to us straight. Mitenbuler’s written a book about Bourbon.  Its called Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey. Mitenbuler is our guest on this week's Cityscape.


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Brooklyn Spaces

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000

Brooklyn wasn’t always a borough known for art and culture. But, today it’s bursting with it. Brooklynites are doing a wide range of interesting things in some pretty interesting places. Just ask Oriana Leckert.  She writes about this kind of stuff on her blog called Brooklyn Spaces. Oriana also just published a book by the same name. She joins us on this edition of Cityscape to talk all about what she calls Brooklyn's "hubs of culture and creativity."

 


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Bitter Bronx

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000

Jerome Charyn is an award-winning American author who’s published nearly 50 books. Throughout his career, he’s written novels, memoirs, graphic novels, short stories, plays and non-fiction works. Born and raised in the Bronx, Jerome hasn’t forgotten his roots. The Bronx consistently seeps into his writing. His latest work is a collection of thirteen stories called Bitter Bronx. Jerome is our guest on this edition of Cityscape.


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A Chat with Sesame Street's "Maria"

Wed, 15 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000

For the first time in decades pedestrians and bicyclists can now travel over New York City’s oldest standing bridge.  The High Bridge, connecting Washington Heights in Manhattan to Highbridge in the Bronx, re-opened to the public last month after being closed for more than 40 years. A new children’s book aims to educate kids about the High Bridge.  It’s called The Lowdown on the High Bridge: The Story of How New York City Got Its Water.  It’s written by none other than Sonia Manzano, best known as Maria from Sesame Street.  Manzano grew up in the Bronx.  She is our guest on this edition of Cityscape.


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Coffee and Tea

Wed, 08 Jul 2015 10:00:00 +0000

New York City is dotted with coffee shops. They’re pretty much on every block. Some streets might even have two or three. Each and every morning people line up to get their java fix before heading off to work or school. On this edition of Cityscape we’re exploring a bit of the New York coffee scene. But we’ll have something for tea drinkers too.

 


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Independence Day

Wed, 01 Jul 2015 11:00:00 +0000

A lot of us associate Independence with America’s independence from British rule, but there are plenty of ways to look at it. On this week’s edition of Cityscape, we’re looking at independence from various perspectives, including a kid’s independence from the diaper. We’ll also talk with the executive director of an organization that works to help disabled New Yorkers live as independently as possible. We’ll learn about the famous Macy’s 4thof July Fireworks from its creative director. And we’ll delve into New York City’s Revolutionary War history with a tour guide who knows all about it. 


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Strike a Chord: Kids Making a Difference

Wed, 24 Jun 2015 10:00:00 +0000

WFUV's Strike a Chord campaign is shining a spotlight on kids who care.

The campaign highlights kids making a difference in their communities through volunteer efforts.

We produced this panel discussion in conjunction with BronxNet Television.  Our guests include: 8-year-old Maeve Ryan who is involved with a project called Operation Christmas Child; 15-year-old Sean Martin, the founder of Kids Adopt a Shelter; and Naomi Hirabayashi with DoSomething.org.


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"Seeing Home"

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 10:00:00 +0000

Baseball took his sight, but gave him a life.  That’s what Ed Lucas says about the sport in a book he penned with his son, Christopher, called Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story -- A Blind Broadcaster’s Story of Overcoming Life’s Greatest Obstacles. Ed Lucas might not be as familiar a name in baseball history as Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio, but his story is no less remarkable.  Ed and his son Christopher are our guests on this week's Cityscape.


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Exploring Red Hook

Wed, 10 Jun 2015 10:00:00 +0000

Red Hook, Brooklyn is one of those New York City neighborhoods that might fall under the radar. It’s a waterfront community that’s a more than 20-minute walk from the nearest subway station. Some people might only know it because it's home to an IKEA. But, there's a lot more than a popular furniture store to explore in Red Hook. On this week's edition of Cityscape, we're spending time in Red Hook.


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NYC's Meow

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 10:00:00 +0000

When you think of cats in New York City – what comes to mind? For some people, it might the Broadway show Cats. But, the Big Apple is home to a lot of real-life felines. According the New York City Economic Development Corporation, 500,000 cats live in the city as pets. On this week's Cityscape, we're talking all about cats.  Our guests include the creator of the Felines of New York blog;a co-founder of a so-called cat cafe on Manhattan's Lower East Side known as Meow Parlour; and someone who knows all about the big cats at the Bronx Zoo.


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50 Years of New York City Landmarks

Wed, 27 May 2015 22:00:00 +0000

Imagine a skyscraper in place of Grand Central Terminal, or construction crews gutting the interior of the famed Radio City Music Hall.  It’s been five decades since New York City Mayor Robert Wagner signed a measure to help preserve the city’s history.  A new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York explores the roots and impact of the city’s landmarks law.  It’s called Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks.  The exhibit is complemented by a book of the same name.  The guys behind both are Donald Albrecht, the Museum of the City of New York’s Curator for Architecture and Design and Andrew Dolkart, the Director of Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University.  They’re our guests on this edition of Cityscape. 

 


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Wildlife in the Concrete Jungle

Wed, 20 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000

A lot of people who visit New York hit up the Bronx or Central Park zoos to get an up-close look at wildlife. After all, the only wild animals the city is most known for are rats and pigeons. But, the fact of the matter is the city is teaming with wildlife. On this week's Cityscape, we’re exploring wildlife in the concrete jungle – from spotted salamanders to parrots. 


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Mom and Pop Shops

Wed, 13 May 2015 10:00:00 +0000

It's become an all too familiar story for a lot of New Yorkers.  Their favorite dive bar or cafe is turned into a 7-Eleven or Apple Store.  On this week's Cityscape, we're talking with folks about the plight of mom and pop shops in an increasingly corporate retail environment.


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The Bug Show

Wed, 06 May 2015 11:30:00 +0000

How about a side of crickets with that burger?  Might sound uninviting here in the United States.  But, eating insects is common to cultures in many parts of the world. On this week's Cityscape we’ll delve deeper into the idea of insect-eating and its potential benefits for the planet.  Our guests include Lou Sorkin, an entomologist at the Museum of Natural History and David George Gordon, the author of the Eat-A-Bug Cookbook.  We'll also talk with a researcher who studied what ants are eating in the Big Apple, and found some of them have a penchant for junk food.


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On the Water

Wed, 29 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000

Spring is in the air in New York City.  And after a long, cold winter, it’s finally safe to give some serious consideration to spending time on the water. And while sometimes it’s easy to forget, the Big Apple is surrounded by H2O.  On this week's Cityscape, we're visiting the last wooden barge in New York Harbor, and checking out the sailing scene on City Island. 

 


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Unique Fitness

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 11:30:00 +0000

The clock is ticking toward summer. And for a lot of people you know what that means -- there are only a couple of months left to get in shape for the beach.

Now that the countdown to summer is on, we’re devoting this episode of Cityscape to fitness.  We’ll check out an exercise class in Manhattan that gets you on a surfboard -- no wetsuit required.  We’ll also visit an exercise class that gets you in the air, think Cirque du Soleil, and another fitness class that involves trampolines.  We’ll also talk with New York City fitness expert Marc Perry for advice on getting in shape.


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A Best Of

Wed, 15 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000

It's a "best of" show this week for WFUV's spring membership drive.  We'll learn about some of the most iconic New Yorkers of all time, delve into the history of the knish, chomp into New York City pretzels, go sailing in New York Harbor, and much more.  Join us and do your part for member-supported, commercial-free WFUV!


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Exploring Art Deco in NYC

Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000

When you think of Art Deco what comes to mind?  For some people it’s South Beach in Miami. But, right under our noses here in New York City is an amazing array of Art Deco architecture -- from the Chrysler Building to apartment buildings along the Bronx’s Grand Concourse. This week we’re looking at Art Deco up high and down low -- from skyscrapers to the mailboxes in their lobbies.


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Urban Exploration

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:00:00 +0000

New York City is a place of endless discoveries. There’s so much to see and do here. But, some places, you’ll never find on a tourist map. On this week's Cityscape, we’re talking with a couple of guys who’ve ventured to places that show a side of New York City that couldn’t be any more different than the glitz and glamor of Times Square. Both gentlemen have new books out that take us beyond restricted access and no trespass signs. Matthew Litwack is a co-author of a book that shines a light on a graffiti art scene that exists in a dark and gritty place – the city’s underground. The book is called Beneath the Streets: The Hidden Relics of New York’s Subway System. Photographer Will Ellis spent three years exploring the city’s abandoned places, including decaying asylums and hospitals.  He first posted his images on a blog called Abandoned NYC, but now he also has a book of the same name.


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What are We Touching and Eating, Exactly?

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:00:00 +0000

Each and every day we touch and eat things often without giving it a second thought.  We hold on to the handrail walking down the stairs to catch a subway train.  We top a cup of pudding with a little cool whip.  

On this edition of Cityscape, we’re talking with folks who’ve actually given a lot of thought to what we touch and eat -- from subway turnstiles to spray cheese. 

The show features:

  • Chris Mason, a geneticist at the Weill Cornell Medical Center.  He and a team of research assistants collected DNA throughout the New York City subway system to identify germs. 
  • Writer Patrick DiJusto took a good hard look at what’s inside everyday products.  His new book is called This is What You Just Put in Your Mouth?: From Egg Nog to Beef Jerky, the Surprising Secrets of What's Inside Everyday Products.


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Just Kids from the Bronx

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:00:00 +0000

What do Al Pacino, Regis Philbin, Mary Higgins Clark and Colin Powell all have in common? They're all Bronx natives.  And all of them are featured in a new book called Just Kids from the Bronx: Telling it the Way it Was: An Oral History.  The book includes the stories of more than 60 native Bronxites who have gone on to make important contributions in nearly every field imaginable, from acting to science to athletics.  Author Arlene Alda, who happens to be the wife of television and film star Alan Alda, is our guest on this edition of Cityscape.


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Digging into Pizza

Wed, 11 Mar 2015 10:00:00 +0000

New York-style pizza tops “best of” lists across the web. A google search turns up images of mostly big, hearty cheese slices.  The kind of photos that make your mouth water.  Pizza has a long history in the Big Apple.  In fact, Lombardi's in Manhattan is said to be the first pizzeria in America.  Brooklyn resident Scott Weiner is an expert on all things pizza.  He turned his love for the food into a career. Scott runs tours of significant pizzerias in New York City.  We recently visited with him at his apartment in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn, where he keeps a super large collection of pizza boxes.  You'll hear that interview on this week's Cityscape.  Also on this week's show, we'll visit a pizza school on Manhattan's Lower East Side, and talk with a co-owner of a Staten Island pizza joint that's been around since 1937.


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Strike a Chord: Access for All

Wed, 04 Mar 2015 11:00:00 +0000

This coming July marks the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  But, just how far have we come in securing equal access and equal opportunity for all, and what more needs to be done?

As part of WFUV's Strike a Chord campaign focused on efforts to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, we teamed up with Bronxnet for a special panel discussion.

Our guests included:

James Weisman.  James is an ADA pioneer and civil rights advocate.  He’s been involved in the disability rights movement since the beginning.  James currently serves as the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of United Spinal Association.

Edith Prentiss, chair of the Taxis for All Campaign.

And...

Miranda Appelbaum.  Miranda is Senior Manager of Accessibility and Visitor Services at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.  She’s also the chair of the steering committee for the Museum Access Consortium.  The Consortium works to improve access to cultural resources throughout New York City, including museums and botanical gardens.


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Bringing the Outdoors Indoors

Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:00:00 +0000

Since spring won’t officially arrive until March 20th, and we’re bound to still have some cold days to contend with, we’ve decided to do a show focused on bringing the outdoors indoors, where it’s still warm and cozy.  We’ll pay a visit to the New York Earth Room, a SoHo loft filled with 280,000 pounds of dirt, get our hands dirty with the owner of a plant store in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn who will give us tips on how best to grow and care for indoor plants, and meet a commercial taxidermist in Middle Village, Queens. 


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Tawking the Tawk

Wed, 18 Feb 2015 11:00:00 +0000

The New York City accent is distinct and unmistakable.  From James Cagney to Woody Allen to Rosie Perez, you know they’re from New York as soon as they open their mouths.  On this week’s Cityscape, we’ll talk with a filmmaker who made a documentary that tells the story of the New York City accent. We'll also take you to an accent slam where New Yorkers competed for the best New York City accent, and we'll talk with an accent-elimination coach who helps people rid themselves of their "fuhgettaboutits."


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Love is in the Air

Sat, 14 Feb 2015 12:30:00 +0000

Saturday is Valentine’s Day and love might be in the air.  But, why is it that we fall in love in the first place?  On this week's Cityscape, renowned anthropologist and love expert Helen Fisher talks about the science of falling in love. We'll also hear from a couple of dating coaches about how they help people find love in the Big Apple, a German-born photographer will join us to talk about his love affair with New York City, and we’ll find out why business is coming up roses for florists courting millennials.


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From Drug Kingpin to Fitness Entrepreneur

Wed, 04 Feb 2015 11:00:00 +0000

New York City resident Coss Marte went from being a drug kingpin to a fitness entrepreneur. While serving time in prison he lost 70 pounds thanks to an exercise routine he worked up in his cell. Marte is now out from behind bars and operating a fitness bootcamp in Manhattan based on his prison workout routine.  Marte joins us on this week's Cityscape to talk about he how reinvented himself.


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The Knish

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:00:00 +0000

In New York City everything is at your finger tips. With so many options for food, music, and culture, it can sometimes feel overwhelming. But instead of taking the classic New Yorker approach by kvetching, this week, we’re settling down to dig into a classic Yiddish tradition: the knish.  Our guest is Laura Silver, author of Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food. We'll also pay a visit to the famed Yonah Schimmel Knish Bakery on Manhattan's Lower East Side.


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"Comfort Food"

Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:30:00 +0000

On this week's Cityscape, we're revisiting some of our favorite segments related to cooking and baking as part of WFUV's winter membership drive.  We'll revisit our interview with the makers of the legendary baked goods at Levain Bakery in Manhattan, as well as head back to the iconic Peter Pan Donut and Pastry Shop in Brooklyn.  We'll also make other stops as we ask you to do your part for member-supported, commercial-free WFUV.


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