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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Baseball took his sight, but gave him a life. That's what Ed Lucas says about the sport in a book he penned with his son, Christopher, called Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story — A Blind Broadcaster's Story of Overcoming Life's Greatest Obstacles. Ed Lucas might not be as familiar a name in baseball history as Babe Ruth and Joe DiMaggio, but his story is no less remarkable. Ed and his son Christopher are our guests on this week's Cityscape.
Red Hook, Brooklyn is one of those New York City neighborhoods that might fall under the radar. It's a waterfront community that's a more than 20-minute walk from the nearest subway station. Some people might only know it because it's home to an IKEA. But, there's a lot more than a popular furniture store to explore in Red Hook. On this week's edition of Cityscape, we're spending time in Red Hook.
When you think of cats in New York City – what comes to mind? For some people, it might the Broadway show Cats. But, the Big Apple is home to a lot of real-life felines. According the New York City Economic Development Corporation, 500,000 cats live in the city as pets. On this week's Cityscape, we're talking all about cats. Our guests include the creator of the Felines of New York blog;a co-founder of a so-called cat cafe on Manhattan's Lower East Side known as Meow Parlour; and someone who knows all about the big cats at the Bronx Zoo.
Imagine a skyscraper in place of Grand Central Terminal, or construction crews gutting the interior of the famed Radio City Music Hall. It's been five decades since New York City Mayor Robert Wagner signed a measure to help preserve the city's history. A new exhibit at the Museum of the City of New York explores the roots and impact of the city's landmarks law. It's called Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks. The exhibit is complemented by a book of the same name. The guys behind both are Donald Albrecht, the Museum of the City of New York's Curator for Architecture and Design and Andrew Dolkart, the Director of Historic Preservation Program at Columbia University. They're our guests on this edition of Cityscape.