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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.