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This week marked the first day summer and our first extreme heat of the season. And when the temps reach the 90 degree mark, some of the typical summer food like hot dogs and hamburgers can start to seem less appealing. Our friends at Eater New York are here to help. Senior critic Robert Sietsema is back with a list of dishes to help us chill out o…
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New Jersey's political world is having quite a year. The latest chapter is the indictment of George Norcross, long considered one of the most powerful men in New Jersey. WNYC's Nancy Solomon has been investigating and reporting on the south Jersey party boss for the past five years, first with a series of stories with ProPublica called "The Real Bo…
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The first heat wave of the year arrived in the New York region this week. New York City, like any other city, has greater potential for trapping heat and making it feel hotter than neighboring suburbs. Jennifer Brady is a researcher for Climate Central who studies urban heat island effects across the country. She joined WNYC's Sean Carlson to discu…
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Throughout June, WNYC is highlighting the voices of LGBTQ+ New Yorkers for Pride Month. Our Community Partnerships Desk recently spent time at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center in Crown Heights to talk with folks about the complexities of identity, acceptance, and resilience in today's world. In this segment, we hear from Brooklyn resident Paul A…
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Nijere Stewart is still haunted by the five months he spent at a Brooklyn juvenile jail at age 15 — months during which he says he was sexually abused so often that he sat awake all night with his foot jammed against his door to keep people from coming in. Now, at age 30, Stewart has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from the city for the abuse he sa…
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An affluent New Jersey city has rejected community members’ proposal for an all-affordable housing development in its downtown and instead plans on selling the large piece of land to the highest bidder for market-rate units. Summit, where the average home is valued at nearly $1.2 million, is operating under an agreement with the state to “make all …
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Avi Davidov didn’t expect to become a celebrity in the hip-hop world, let alone have his work displayed at the American Museum of Natural History. Davidov, who's from Queens, said all he wanted while growing up was financial stability. He thought he’d become a lawyer, but couldn’t shake his love for jewelry, which was also the family business. For …
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Four decades before enslaved African Americans in Texas were given news of their freedom on June 19, 1865, now known as Juneteenth, a small population of African Americans would do what seemed impossible in the United States: own land. Together with immigrants from Europe, they would buy land and live in the area that's today known as Central Park.…
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Nijere Stewart is still haunted by the five months he spent at a Brooklyn juvenile jail at age 15 — months during which he says he was sexually abused so often that he sat awake all night with his foot jammed against his door to keep people from coming in. Now, at age 30, Stewart has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from the city for the abuse he sa…
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Throughout this Pride Month, WNYC is spotlighting the diverse experiences of LGBTQ+ New Yorkers. Our Community Partnerships Desk recently sat down with individuals at the Brooklyn Community Pride Center in Crown Heights to explore the challenges, the triumphs, and the meaning of pride in their lives. Brooklyn resident Dani Figueroa shares this stor…
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Rents for New York City’s roughly 1 million rent-stabilized apartments will increase by 2.75% starting in the fall, the city Rent Guidelines Board voted on Monday.The nine-member board of housing experts voted to allow landlords to increase rents by 2.75% on new one-year leases and by up to 5.25% on two-year leases. The hikes apply to leases signed…
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It’s primary season, who’s ready to party?Registered Democrats and Republicans can already cast their ballots in the June primary elections in New York City. Early voting is underway through Sunday, and polls will reopen for voting on Tuesday, June 25 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.Not every voter will find those headline-grabbing congressional primary races…
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George E. Norcross III, a powerful executive and political figure in New Jersey for decades, was indicted Monday on racketeering and related charges, the state attorney general announced. The sweeping indictment alleges he led a criminal enterprise that used extortion to promote his vast business and political and philanthropic empire — in the proc…
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As soon as I heard about the Wolf Conservation Center’s program “Sleeping with Wolves,” I couldn’t NOT do it. My kids have been asking to go camping and my oldest is obsessed with wolves. A friend had mentioned it casually as we sat in the park, watching our kids play. I pulled out my phone and signed us up on the spot – my partner, our 7- and 11-y…
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The pioneering independent music label Fania Records is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. Fania helped define the sound of salsa — right here in New York City. Leila Cobo, Chief Content Officer of Latin Music at Billboard, joined WNYC Morning Edition host Michael Hill to talk about the genre's New York City roots and how Fania helped deve…
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According to the Department of City Planning, New York City is made up of 339 neighborhoods. Photographer Rob Stephenson bumps that number up to 350 -- and he's visiting every one of them. He's documenting his visits with images and audio in his weekly newsletter, The Neighborhoods. Rob joined Weekend Edition host David Furst this week to talk abou…
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We're kicking off another round of early voting in New York. The presidential primary was held back in April. This time, it's the state legislative and congressional primaries. Saturday, June 15 marks the first day of early voting, with Election Day on Tuesday the 25th. WNYC's Brigid Bergin joins Weekend Edition host David Furst for a quick explain…
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A WNYC review of internal documents shows that the team behind Eric Adams' bid for mayor regularly sought guidance from campaign finance officials even before he declared his candidacy. But as the New York City Campaign Finance Board asked more questions to ensure the Adams' team was in compliance, the campaign stopped replying. Now, the Adams camp…
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A newly released trove of internal documents show that the team behind Eric Adams' mayoral bid was regularly seeking guidance from campaign finance officials long before Adams declared his candidacy.But when the New York City Campaign Finance Board asked more questions about donations from small donors to ensure Adams' team was in compliance, the A…
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Gov. Kathy Hochul has long been a vocal fan of diners as places to eat and listen to “ordinary” New Yorkers’ concerns. Nevertheless, she surprised many reporters on Friday when she justified her unexpected 11th hour decision to delay congestion pricing — a plan to charge most drivers $15 to enter Manhattan south of 60th Street — with conversations …
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One reason New Yorkers are seeing and complaining about more mopeds zooming down city streets is governmental sluggishness in making the moped’s slower, greener cousin — the e-bike — easier and safer to use, according to delivery workers and experts. E-bikes took off during the pandemic as the go-to choice for app delivery workers bringing meals to…
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Lawmakers in the New York State Assembly have failed to pass a bill that would have preserved public access to police radio dispatches. Right now, anyone who knows how to tune in can listen to the department talking about active responses to 911 calls. The push for the new bill came after the NYPD said last year it planned to fully encrypt its radi…
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