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One Righteous Man

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/cityscape-one-righteous-man#sthash.ZCjasNoD.dpuf

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A Peek Inside NYC's Social Clubs

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

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

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

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

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"

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

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

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

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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