WFUV's Cityscape

WFUV's Cityscape

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Bringing the Outdoors Indoors

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

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

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

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

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"

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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Walking Queens

New York City is often considered a cultural hub. It’s known for its music, fashion, and food.  The city and its five boroughs are a blend of international flavors.  This week we’re travelling to Queens — a borough that’s been heralded as the most multicultural place on Earth.  Our guest is Adrienne Onofri.  She’s a tour guide and the author of a new book that features 30 walking tours. It’s called Walking Queens.

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Remembering the Garment District's Heyday

Once upon a time New York’s garment district employed hundreds of thousands of workers, and produced most of the clothing made in the United States.  But, thanks to outsourcing and technological advances, the district is now just a shadow of what it once was.  Our guest on this edition of Cityscape has fond memories of the garment district’s heyday.  Leonard Bernstein’s family founded a children’s wear business in 1928.  He took over the company in 1953.  Bernstein’s children now run the business, but the Brooklyn native says he can still hear the hum of sewing machines in his head.  Bernstein is now a published author.  He’s written six books, including a collection of short stories in which he draws a lot from his experiences in the garment district.  The collection is called Death By Pastrami.

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Cityscape: A New York City Bucket List for the New Year

The ball just dropped in Times Square, and you know what that means.  It’s time to make and stick to a new round of New Year’s resolutions. A lot of people promise themselves that they’ll kick bad habits, like smoking, or perhaps spend more time at the gym.  But, what about resolving to explore places you haven’t been before?

To kick off 2015, this week we’re bringing you a New York City bucket list. Our guest is James Heidenry, author of 100 Things to Do in New York City Before You Die.

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Cityscape: The Bronx Remembered

The Bronx has been experiencing a development boom in recent years with a number of projects sprouting up across the borough, from new hotels to shopping malls. But, it was only a few decades ago when arson fires, rampant crime and poverty made the borough a national symbol of urban decay.

On this week's Cityscape, we’re revisiting the Bronx in different eras.  We'll talk with author Avery Corman about his new memoir My Old Neighborhood Remembered, as well with Photographer Stephen Shames about his new book, Bronx Boys.  

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