Cityscape An inside look at the people, places and spirit of New York City and its surroundings, with host George Bodarky.



An inside look at the people, places and spirit of New York City and its surroundings, with host George Bodarky.

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Women Shaping Today's Food World

A lot of people's fondest memories revolve around food, whether it be a birthday dinner with friends or cooking in the kitchen with grandma. Our guests on this week's Cityscape relate to that: Rozanne Gold is a chef, author, journalist, philanthropist, and now a podcast host. Her podcast is called One Woman Kitchen. Each episode features a woman making a unique impact in the culinary world. Priya Krishna is a regular contributor forThe New York Times, Bon Appétit, The New Yorker and others. She's also the author of a new cookbook called Indianish: Recipes and Antics From a Modern American Family. It's filled with Indian-American hybrid dishes inspired by her own mother's cooking.

Nonnas in the Kitchen

One could argue that nothing comes close to the quality of grandma's home cooking. So when you go out to eat, you might miss that authenticity. But, a restaurant on Staten Island says you shouldn't have to. This week we're heading to Enoteca Maria, where the chefs are a rotating cast of nonnas.

The Making of the AMNH

For generations, the American Museum of Natural History has been wowing visitors with its diverse exhibits, from its vast collection of dinosaur fossils to its Hall of Ocean Life, complete with a blue whale model that hangs from the ceiling. But, how did the museum become the major hub of education, research and innovation we know and love today? Our guest this week is Colin Davey. He's the author of a new book titled The American Museum of Natural History and How It Got That Way.

Back to the Garden: Remembering Woodstock

50 years ago, throngs of music lovers descended upon the small town of Bethel in New York's Catskill Mountains. An estimated 500,000 people drove, hitchhiked and walked to get to the Woodstock Music Festival. It was billed as a three-day festival, but spilled into a fourth day — from August 15th to the 18th. Dairy Farmer Max Yasgur agreed to host the event on his land after the town of Wallkill, New York backed out of holding the festival. But, unlike most music festivals today, with tight security and ticket scanners, the idea of accepting tickets was abandoned as the crowd grew ever larger. So the festival was essentially free for anyone who just showed up. By 1969, the country was well into the Vietnam War. With a lot of young people fed up with the political climate, Woodstock served as a respite — a weekend of "Peace and Music," which was the slogan used to promote the festival. And music was a central part of Woodstock. The lineup featured top artists of the day — Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Jefferson Airplane to name a few. But, rain, mud and a lack of food plagued the festival. Still that didn't discourage concertgoers. What it did was create a lifetime of memories. The legacy of Woodstock means something different to everyone. In Back to the Garden: Remembering Woodstock, people who were there 50 years ago reflect on some of the most iconic performances in music history, and share some of the most memorable experiences of their lives.

Bronx Graffiti Artist Promotes Vision Protection

Tony Cruz is an award-winning graffiti artist from the Bronx who's working to spread the word about protecting your eyesight. That's because he himself is losing his eyesight everyday from type two macular telangiectasia. Cruz joins us this week to talk about his vision protection awareness campaign.

40 Years a Yankee Stadium Vendor

Thousands of people flock to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx every baseball season to take in a game. Many, of course, will purchase something while there — a hot dog, a beer, a hat perhaps. On this week's show we're looking at Yankee Stadium, not from the fan perspective, but from the view of a vendor, and a long-time one at that. Stewart J. Zully began vending at Yankee Stadium when he was just 15 years old, and he continued working there into his 50s. Zully describes his experiences as a vendor in his new book My Life in Yankee Stadium: 40 Years As a Vendor and Other Tales of Growing Up Somewhat Sane in The Bronx.

Urban Park Rangers at 40

On this week's show, we're stepping out of the comfort of the WFUV studios and into the heart of nature. Yes, even in the concrete jungle, nature is far from elusive. The New York City Parks Department oversees more than 30,000 acres of land in all 5 boroughs, including Central Park. The Urban Park Rangers are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year. They came on the scene during a very different time in New York City. They're mission has evolved, but they still play a critical role in the Big Apple. We're talking with Marc Sanchez, Deputy Director of the Urban Park Rangers, and Rob Mastrianni, an Urban Park Ranger Supervisor Sergeant.

Summertime in Central Park

From outdoor movies to outdoor concerts, New York City has a lot to offer in the summertime. Among the ways to experience live performance in the open air is through the City Parks Foundation's SummerStage Festival. Several parks throughout the five boroughs host concerts (most of them for free) as part of SummerStage, but the series traces its roots to Central Park, where concert goers this summer are in for a whole new experience. That's because Central Park's SummerStage concert venue has undergone a five-and-a-half million dollar renovation. We'll check out the revamped SummerStage digs on this week's show. We'll also explore the many statues in Central Park with photographer Catarina Astrom. She's behind the photos in a new book called The Statues of Central Park.

Q&A with NYC's Sustainability Chief

New York City is taking several steps to reduce its carbon footprint, including proposals to retrofit buildings and make more use of renewable energy. As part of WFUV's Strike a Chord campaign, WFUV News Director George Bodarky sits down for a conversation with Mark Chambers, Director of the Mayor's Office of Sustainability.

A New Book Uncovers Brooklyn's Queer Past

New York City is rich with history — a lot of which is well-documented in books and museums. But, when Hugh Ryan went on the hunt to find out about Brooklyn's queer history, he struggled. So he took it upon himself to uncover that past. The result is his book When Brooklyn Was Queer. Hugh joins us on this week's Cityscape to talk about it.

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