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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.