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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.