Joel Rose http://wuis.org en Al Sharpton, FBI Informant? New Claims Revive '80s Mob Story http://wuis.org/post/al-sharpton-fbi-informant-new-claims-revive-80s-mob-story Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Reverend Al Sharpton has admitted to working with the FBI and recording conversations with alleged mobsters. The website The Smoking Gun published documents detailing Sharpton's involvement, saying he's the guy referred to in the document as Confidential Informant 7. This was back in the 1980s during some of the bureau's biggest mafia investigations.<p>As NPR's Joe Rose reports, Sharpton denies any wrongdoing.<p>JOEL ROSE, BYLINE: Today, Al Sharpton is a host on MSNBC, an establishment figure who rubs elbows with the president and attorney general. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Joel Rose 22565 at http://wuis.org Amazon Unveils Fire TV, Its Video Streaming Device http://wuis.org/post/amazon-unveils-fire-tv-its-video-streaming-device Amazon is making an aggressive move toward your living room TV with a new video-streaming device. Amazon Fire TV joins a crowded field of devices vying for the same spot. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 10:07:00 +0000 Joel Rose 22203 at http://wuis.org Internal Report Clears Christie Of Bridgegate, But Dems Don't Buy It http://wuis.org/post/internal-report-clears-christie-bridgegate-dems-dont-buy-it Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel.<p>We now have the results of an internal investigation into the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. Today's report was commissioned by the administration of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and it finds the governor did nothing wrong. It won't be the last word. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Joel Rose 21775 at http://wuis.org In The Face Of Disaster, Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Designs Solutions http://wuis.org/post/face-disaster-pritzker-winner-shigeru-ban-designs-solutions Each year the Pritzker Architecture Prize goes to a star architect with a long list of glamorous commissions around the globe. This year's winner is a little different.<p><a href="http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com/works.html">Shigeru Ban</a> has designed museums, homes and concert halls. But Ban is best known for a more humble kind of work: The temporary structures he's built for refugees and evacuees all over the world.<p>Ban may be the only architect in the world who makes buildings out of paper — cardboard paper tubes, to be precise.<p>"It's very inexpensive. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Joel Rose 21543 at http://wuis.org In The Face Of Disaster, Pritzker Winner Shigeru Ban Designs Solutions Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria http://wuis.org/post/turning-food-waste-fuel-takes-gumption-and-trillions-bacteria Every year, Americans send millions of tons of food to the landfill. What if you could use all of those pizza crusts and rotten vegetables to heat your home? That's already happening in one unlikely laboratory: the <a href="http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/environmental_education/newtown_wwtp.shtml">Newtown Creek</a> Wastewater Treatment Plant in Brooklyn.<p>The plant's longtime superintendent, Jimmy Pynn, shows off the plant's crown jewels: eight huge, shiny, oval-shaped steel tanks known as digester eggs. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 07:06:00 +0000 Joel Rose 20577 at http://wuis.org Turning Food Waste Into Fuel Takes Gumption And Trillions Of Bacteria Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible http://wuis.org/post/shifting-gears-make-bike-sharing-more-accessible <em><em>This story is part of a project on commuting in America.</em></em><p>Millions of commuters across the country have a new way to get around. In the past few years, bike-sharing systems have popped up from Boston to Minnesota to Washington, D.C. They're supposed to make commuting easier, greener and cheaper. But the people who arguably need these bikes the most are often the least likely to access them.<p>These bike-sharing systems have a lot of different names: Divvy, Hubway, Nice Ride. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 10:22:00 +0000 Joel Rose 14831 at http://wuis.org Shifting Gears To Make Bike-Sharing More Accessible Remembering The Singing 'Mayor Of MacDougal Street' http://wuis.org/post/remembering-singing-mayor-macdougal-street <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2LgFHGBu8NY</p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 11:49:00 +0000 Joel Rose 14569 at http://wuis.org Remembering The Singing 'Mayor Of MacDougal Street' NYC Race Focuses On Income Gap, But How Much Can A Mayor Do? http://wuis.org/post/nyc-race-focuses-income-gap-how-much-can-mayor-do Voters in New York City go to the polls Tuesday to choose their next mayor, and it appears all but certain that they'll elect Bill de Blasio, the city's public advocate.<p>The Democrat has built a wide lead in the polls by distancing himself from the incumbent mayor, billionaire Michael Bloomberg. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 22:46:00 +0000 Joel Rose 12357 at http://wuis.org NYC Race Focuses On Income Gap, But How Much Can A Mayor Do? Art Or Act? New Yorkers Give Banksy Residency Mixed Reviews http://wuis.org/post/art-or-act-banksys-reviews-are-mixed All through October, the secretive British street artist known as Banksy has been placing graffiti-inspired paintings and installations on the streets of New York City in an outdoor exhibition called "<a href="http://www.banksyny.com/">Better Out Than In</a>." Now that the month is almost over, we asked fans and critics for their reviews of Banksy's New York residency.<p>"I really love the art. But I love the fact that he's using an entire city as his canvas," says Kevin Sieg. Thu, 31 Oct 2013 09:18:00 +0000 Joel Rose 12044 at http://wuis.org Art Or Act? New Yorkers Give Banksy Residency Mixed Reviews The Slow, Uneven Rebuilding After Superstorm Sandy http://wuis.org/post/slow-uneven-rebuilding-after-superstorm-sandy After Hurricane Sandy, the south shore of Staten Island looked like it had been hit by a tsunami. The storm surge devastated whole neighborhoods suddenly, in a matter of hours. In the year since the storm, some families have been rebuilding their homes and their lives. Others are ready to sell their flood-damaged properties and move on.<p>Joe Salluzzo lives in a neighborhood called New Dorp Beach, a few blocks from the ocean. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 07:41:00 +0000 Joel Rose 11824 at http://wuis.org The Slow, Uneven Rebuilding After Superstorm Sandy Booker Gets A Run For His Money In N.J. Senate Race http://wuis.org/post/booker-gets-run-his-money-nj-senate-race Cory Booker, the celebrity mayor of Newark, N.J., was expected to cruise to victory in the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat of the late Frank Lautenberg. But just a week before voters go to the polls, he's facing a surprisingly strong challenge from Tea Party favorite Steve Lonegan.<p>The race was supposed to be a mismatch: Booker, the Democrat, and his 1.4 million Twitter followers versus the Republican former mayor of Bogota, N.J. Wed, 09 Oct 2013 06:58:00 +0000 Joel Rose 10557 at http://wuis.org Booker Gets A Run For His Money In N.J. Senate Race Time For Superstorm Sandy Evacuees To Check Out Of Hotels http://wuis.org/post/time-superstorm-sandy-evacuees-check-out-hotels Almost 300 Sandy victims are still living in hotel rooms on the taxpayers' dime — but not for long. City officials say the program is expensive, and it's time for those remaining Sandy evacuees to move out.<p>This week, the displaced families living in hotels got a letter from New York City officials telling them they will not pay for those rooms after Friday.<p>This was the message they sent back on Wednesday: <em>Heck no, we won't go! Thu, 03 Oct 2013 21:55:00 +0000 Joel Rose 10236 at http://wuis.org Time For Superstorm Sandy Evacuees To Check Out Of Hotels Hundreds Of Safety Net Hospitals Face Uncertain Future http://wuis.org/post/hundreds-safety-net-hospitals-face-uncertain-future Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>Hospitals that serve the neediest patients are bracing themselves through the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act. These safety-net hospitals treat large numbers of people with no health insurance and many are struggling. Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:24:00 +0000 Joel Rose 10138 at http://wuis.org New York's Next Mayor, Bound To Be A Brooklynite http://wuis.org/post/new-yorks-next-mayor-bound-be-brooklynite This week, the center of New York City's political universe was downtown Brooklyn.<p>With the dust settling from the mayoral primary, the two candidates who will be on the ballot to replace outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg both live in the city's biggest borough.<p>On Thursday, Republican candidate Joe Lhota shook hands with voters pouring out of the subway a few blocks from his home in Brooklyn Heights.<p>"When I first moved here 25 years ago, no one wanted to come visit me in Brooklyn," Lhota says. "Now they all live here as well. Sat, 21 Sep 2013 11:45:00 +0000 Joel Rose 9374 at http://wuis.org New York's Next Mayor, Bound To Be A Brooklynite Taking Back 'Funkytown': Songwriters Prepare For A Custody Battle http://wuis.org/post/taking-back-funkytown-songwriters-prepare-custody-battle <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwtBqamUNJw</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Joel Rose 8807 at http://wuis.org Taking Back 'Funkytown': Songwriters Prepare For A Custody Battle Yet Another Democrat Takes The Lead In NYC Mayor Race http://wuis.org/post/yet-another-democrat-takes-lead-nyc-mayor-race <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgvXniTz7D8</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URVZbOs2W-k</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:31:00 +0000 Joel Rose 8028 at http://wuis.org Atheists Take Old Hymns Out Of The Chapel And Into The Streets http://wuis.org/post/atheists-take-old-hymns-out-chapel-and-streets <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cr4raP3NBaA</p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 16:03:00 +0000 Joel Rose 7838 at http://wuis.org Atheists Take Old Hymns Out Of The Chapel And Into The Streets New York City Council To Vote On Tough Police Oversight Laws http://wuis.org/post/new-york-city-council-vote-tough-police-oversight-laws Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>In New York, the city council is poised to vote today on some of the toughest police oversight laws in decades. The vote comes just weeks after a judge ruled that the NYPD violated the civil rights of minorities with its practice of stopping mostly young men of color on the streets.<p>Mayor Michael Bloomberg is appealing the judge's ruling and refusing to back down on a policing program he has championed. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 09:01:00 +0000 Joel Rose 7669 at http://wuis.org Cory Booker: Supermayor Or Self-Promoter? http://wuis.org/post/cory-booker-supermayor-or-self-promoter In one week, voters in New Jersey go to the polls in a special primary election for a U.S. Senate seat.<p>No one on the ballot has more name recognition than Cory Booker, the 44-year-old mayor of Newark, who is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. But Booker's critics say he's been more focused on his own ambitions than on governing New Jersey's largest city.<p>In the seven years since Booker was elected mayor, he has been ubiquitous on Twitter and on TV. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 20:33:00 +0000 Joel Rose 6851 at http://wuis.org Cory Booker: Supermayor Or Self-Promoter? Maxwell's, The Beloved New Jersey Venue, Closes http://wuis.org/post/maxwells-beloved-new-jersey-venue-closes The rock club Maxwell's is a tiny space that's hosted some of the biggest names in music for more than 30 years. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15155026/r-e-m">R.E.M.</a>, <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15446165/nirvana">Nirvana</a> and many more bands have squeezed onto Maxwell's stage in Hoboken, N.J. Native son <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/14837922/bruce-springsteen">Bruce Springsteen</a> recorded the <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vQpW9XRiyM">music video for "Glory Days"</a> there. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 17:03:00 +0000 Joel Rose 6501 at http://wuis.org Maxwell's, The Beloved New Jersey Venue, Closes Fast-Food Strikers Demand A 'Living Wage' http://wuis.org/post/fast-food-strikers-demand-living-wage At a Wendy's restaurant in Lower Manhattan on Monday, protesters urged the lunchtime crowd to skip the Value Menu for one day. They blocked the sidewalk and half of the street.<p>Shanell Young held a red strike sign over her head. Young earns the minimum wage, $7.25 an hour, at another Wendy's in New York. She says that's not enough to support her and her 5-year-old son.<p>"It's horrible," says Young. "Everything goes up. It's unfair. You can't find an apartment. You can't pay for children's school uniforms. Everything is unfair. Tue, 30 Jul 2013 07:51:00 +0000 Joel Rose 6472 at http://wuis.org Fast-Food Strikers Demand A 'Living Wage' New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries http://wuis.org/post/new-york-toasts-long-awaited-revival-its-distilleries A century ago, New York could claim that much of its liquor was local, thanks to distilleries large and small that supplied a lot of the whiskey, gin and rum that kept New York City (and the rest of North America) lubricated. Then Prohibition arrived and the industry largely dried up, before trickling back to life in the 21st century.<p>Now, distillers in New York state are toasting a revival 80 years in the making.<p><a href="http://www.tuthilltown.com/">Tuthilltown Spirits</a> is one of the first boutique distilleries to open in New York since Prohibition. Mon, 22 Jul 2013 07:33:00 +0000 Joel Rose 6088 at http://wuis.org New York Toasts Long-Awaited Revival Of Its Distilleries Big Personalities Are Front And Center In NYC Mayoral Race http://wuis.org/post/big-personalities-are-front-and-center-nyc-mayoral-race Everything about the New York City mayor's race is supersized.<p>No less than a dozen candidates are vying to succeed Michael Bloomberg as leader of the nation's biggest city — five Republicans and seven Democrats. Sat, 06 Jul 2013 20:26:00 +0000 Joel Rose 5328 at http://wuis.org Big Personalities Are Front And Center In NYC Mayoral Race At Coney Island, The (Mermaid) Show Must Go On http://wuis.org/post/coney-island-mermaid-show-must-go Not even Superstorm Sandy could keep the mermaids from coming back to Brooklyn.<p>The Mermaid Parade is a nautically themed and occasionally naughty parade that draws close to a million people to Coney Island, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, each June. Sandy nearly drowned the organization that hosts the parade, but supporters donated more than $100,000 to get the parade back on its fins this year.<p>Every year, hundreds of artists, musicians and other assorted weirdos put on skimpy, mermaid-themed attire and makeup to parade through the streets of Coney Island. Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:20:00 +0000 Joel Rose 4656 at http://wuis.org At Coney Island, The (Mermaid) Show Must Go On Cooper Union Students Fight For Freedom From Tuition http://wuis.org/post/cooper-union-students-fight-freedom-tuition When students at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York took over the president's office one month ago to protest the school's decision to charge tuition, they painted the lobby black.<p>They also took a painting of the school's founder, and hung a piece of red fabric from the frame, as if Peter Cooper himself had joined in the protest.<p>This small, highly selective college for artists, engineers and architects had been one of the last remaining tuition-free schools in the country. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 21:33:00 +0000 Joel Rose 4077 at http://wuis.org Cooper Union Students Fight For Freedom From Tuition Documentary Shows George Plimpton's Best Story Was His Own http://wuis.org/post/documentary-shows-george-plimptons-best-story-was-his-own Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>George Plimpton boxed with Archie Moore, played quarterback for the Detroit Lions, and played percussion for the New York Philharmonic. He did these jobs, and many others, as an amateur. Plimpton was a professional writer. Wed, 22 May 2013 22:40:00 +0000 Joel Rose 3095 at http://wuis.org Boston Bombings Prompt Fresh Look At Unsolved Murders http://wuis.org/post/boston-bombings-prompt-fresh-look-unsolved-murders An unsolved triple murder in the Boston suburbs is getting a closer look in the wake of the marathon bombings. One of the victims may have been a friend of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. That's prompting authorities to revisit the 2011 case.<p>The murders took place in Waltham, Mass. On Sept. 12, 2011, police responded to a house in the leafy suburb a few miles west of Boston.<p>"They went to the second floor and saw a very graphic crime scene — three dead bodies in the apartment," said Gerry Leone, who was then district attorney for Middlesex County. Fri, 17 May 2013 21:29:00 +0000 Joel Rose 2856 at http://wuis.org Boston Bombings Prompt Fresh Look At Unsolved Murders Cyber Criminals Drain $45 Million From ATMs Around The World http://wuis.org/post/cyber-criminals-drain-45-million-atms-around-world Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>All right, prosecutors are calling it the biggest bank heist in New York City since the 1970s. They say a gang of cybercriminals drained $45 million from ATMs around the world.<p>Here's NPR's Joel Rose.<p>JOEL ROSE, BYLINE: United States Attorney Loretta Lynch says the eight men charged in New York were able to withdraw $2.8 million in cash in just one day, in February.<p>LORETTA LYNCH: This was a 21st century bank heist. Fri, 10 May 2013 09:45:00 +0000 Joel Rose 2446 at http://wuis.org New York Tobacco Regulations Light Up Public Health Debate http://wuis.org/post/new-york-tobacco-regulations-light-public-health-debate If you're under 21, you may soon have a hard time lighting up in New York City. Thu, 02 May 2013 07:02:00 +0000 Joel Rose 2041 at http://wuis.org New York Tobacco Regulations Light Up Public Health Debate NYC's Fast-Food Workers Strike, Demand 'Living Wages' http://wuis.org/post/nycs-fast-food-workers-strike-demand-living-wages Fast-food restaurants were a little bit slower Thursday in New York City. Hundreds of workers staged a one-day strike in what organizers are calling the biggest job action ever in that industry. It's a growing segment of the economy, but workers complain that fast-food jobs don't pay enough to survive in New York City.<p>The current <a href="http://www.labor.state.ny.us/workerprotection/laborstandards/workprot/minwage.shtm">minimum wage</a> in New York is $7.25. That's what many fast-food workers in the city earn, including Joseph Barrera, who works at a KFC restaurant in Brooklyn. Thu, 04 Apr 2013 22:27:00 +0000 Joel Rose 694 at http://wuis.org NYC's Fast-Food Workers Strike, Demand 'Living Wages'