An inside look at the people, places and spirit of New York City and its surroundings, with host George Bodarky.
info_outline A Bronx Tale of Race and Ethnicity 11/20/2019
A Bronx Tale of Race and Ethnicity Many of the neighborhoods in New York City’s five boroughs have a rich and storied history, including Parkchester in the eastern Bronx. Parkchester was built as a planned community. It opened in 1940 and was celebrated as a “city within a city.” But, the neighborhood’s early history involved the exclusion of African Americans and Latinos. It was a “whites only” development until the late 1960s. Author Jeffery Gurock takes readers through the history of Parkchester in his new book Parkchester: A Bronx Tale of Race and Ethnicity. Gurock is our guest on this week's Cityscape.
info_outline Strike a Chord: Emergency Preparedness 11/13/2019
Strike a Chord: Emergency Preparedness Hurricanes and blizzards can sweep in quickly without a lot of time to prepare. But when a crisis hits, there are ways to be ready for it. And thankfully, when we’re caught completely off guard, there are organizations to help us pick up the pieces. We’re very pleased to be teaming up with Bronxnet for our latest campaign focused on emergency preparedness, response and recovery. Joining us for this 1/2 hour discussion are two people on the front lines of helping people prepare for and recover from disasters: Allison Pennisi is Director of Communications for NYC Emergency Management. Neil Glassman is a Team Rubicon coordinator. Team Rubicon utilizes the skills and experiences of military veterans to help disaster survivors and their communities.
info_outline B-Ball in NYC 11/06/2019
B-Ball in NYC Basketball is a staple activity in New York City. From large venues like Madison Square Garden to local neighborhood courts, you’re bound to find a game of hoops going on. This week, we’re stepping off the court and taking a look at it from behind the lens. Larry Racioppo is a NYC-based photographer. He’s a regular guest on Cityscape, and this time he’s here to talk about his new book, B-Ball NYC. It features basketball courts in all five boroughs of New York, from traditional hoops to homemade ones, some dating back decades.
info_outline Coming of Age in Coney Island 10/23/2019
Coming of Age in Coney Island For generations, Coney Island has been a must-see attraction for native New Yorkers and tourists alike. It’s known for its beach, games of chance, hot dogs and thrill rides, like the Cyclone Roller Coaster. But a new book takes readers on a Coney Island-inspired rollercoaster ride of its own. The book is Zayde’s Arcade: Coming of Age in Coney Island. It focuses on Jason, a 16-year-old who spends his summer working at his grandfather’s penny arcade. Zayde’s Arcade is penned by actor and author Andy Smith. We recently talked with him about his book and his own summers spent at the beachfront in southeast Brooklyn.
info_outline America's Most Storied Woman 10/16/2019
America's Most Storied Woman The Statue of Liberty is one of the most instantly recognizable symbols of America. But, how did Lady Liberty find her home in the waters of New York Bay? It’s a story of hopes and dreams and failures and successes, and one that features a number of significant people in history. A new book takes a deep dive into the history of the Statue of Liberty. It’s called Lady Liberty: An Illustrated History of America’s Most Storied Woman. The book includes essays by Joan Marans Dim and paintings by Antonio Masi. Joan and Antonio are our guests on this week's Cityscape.
info_outline Artist Works to Preserve History of NYC's Lesbian Bars 10/09/2019
Artist Works to Preserve History of NYC's Lesbian Bars You can find a map of almost anything in New York City, from where the best restaurants are to famous movie locations. But, our guest on this week's Cityscape has created a map to showcase an underrpresented aspect of the city's history and culture. Gwen Shockey is a New York City-based artist whose latest project is an online map called the Addresses Project. It's designed to show how sacred safe spaces are for lesbian and queer people.
info_outline A Peek Inside New York City's Oldest Bookstore 10/02/2019
A Peek Inside New York City's Oldest Bookstore With so many options to buy or read books online, brick and mortar bookstores are becoming harder and harder to find. But one bookstore in New York City has been around since 1925 and is known for its extensive collection of rare and used books. Argosy Bookstore is the oldest independent bookstore in all of NYC. It is located in a six-story townhouse that is filled with antiquarian and used books, maps, prints and autographs. The main floor and basement alone hold over 60,000 out-of-print books on a range of subjects. The bookstore is now in its third generation of family ownership. We recently talked with Naomi Hample, one of the three sisters who owns and runs Argosy.
info_outline Tickling Steinway Piano History 09/25/2019
Tickling Steinway Piano History Steinways are often referred to as the Rolls Royce of pianos. The company has a more than 150 year old history that began on Varrick Street in Manhattan’s West Village. Steinway and Sons was founded by a German immigrant in 1853. Today, Steinway and Sons has two factories. One is in Hamburg, Germany. The other is in Queens, New York. Our guest this week is Anthony Gilroy, Senior Director of Marketing and Communication for Steinway & Sons in the Americas.
info_outline Kindess as a Prescription for Happiness 09/18/2019
Kindess as a Prescription for Happiness Questions like “how’s your social life?” or “did you spend time with family this weekend?” aren’t typically asked during an annual check up at the doctor’s office. Most physicians tailor their questions to how a patient is physically feeling, not the status of their social calendar. But, our guest on this week's Cityscape focuses on how factors like friendship and compassion can lead to a healthier life. Dr. Kelli Harding is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Her new book is The Rabbit Effect: Live Longer, Happier, and Healthier with the Groundbreaking Science of Kindness. It focuses on the science of human connection rather than traditional biological health.
info_outline Walk with Frank: Raising PTSD Awareness 09/04/2019
Walk with Frank: Raising PTSD Awareness Frank Romeo is an artist, an educator, and a Vietnam veteran who was diagnosed with 100 percent post-traumatic stress disorder. In March of this year, Frank walked over 750 miles across New York State to raise awareness about PTSD. During the walk, which was completed in June, Frank stayed in homeless shelters and visited veterans facilities. He documented his encounters and is hoping to turn the footage into a documentary. Frank is our guest on this week’s Cityscape.
info_outline Bullet Space: 'We're Still Kickin!' 08/28/2019
Bullet Space: 'We're Still Kickin!' New York City is home to a variety of alternative art spaces, but perhaps none have a story like this. In the mid-1980’s a group of squatters took over an abandoned building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. They broke in using a sledgehammer and made the place their own, even putting on art shows and plays in the space. They called the location Bullet Space (find out why in this episode of Cityscape). Andrew Castrucci and Alexandra Rojas are artists and residents of Bullet Space. Andrew’s been living there for over thirty years and was one of the original squatters. They recently took Cityscape on a tour of the building, and explained why Bullet Space is far from just another transformed tenement in the concrete jungle.
info_outline Women Shaping Today's Food World 08/21/2019
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.
info_outline Nonnas in the Kitchen 08/14/2019
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.
info_outline The Making of the AMNH 08/07/2019
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.
info_outline Back to the Garden: Remembering Woodstock 08/06/2019
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.
info_outline Bronx Graffiti Artist Promotes Vision Protection 07/31/2019
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.
info_outline 40 Years a Yankee Stadium Vendor 07/24/2019
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.https://www.wfuv.org/cityscape
info_outline Urban Park Rangers at 40 07/17/2019
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.
info_outline Summertime in Central Park 07/10/2019
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.
info_outline Q&A with NYC's Sustainability Chief 07/03/2019
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.
info_outline A New Book Uncovers Brooklyn's Queer Past 06/19/2019
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.
info_outline Father Up 06/12/2019
Father Up In New York City, one out of three children under the age of 18 is growing up without a father. That’s according to the New York City Young Men’s Initiative. And that number climbs to 51 percent for black children and 46 percent for Latino children. The Fatherhood Initiative at Rising Ground in the Bronx is working to turn things around. Nearly 300 fathers have successfully completed the program, which encourages struggling fathers to be more involved with their kids. On this week's Cityscape, we're talking with Reginald Mitchell, head of the Fatherhood Initiative at Rising Ground, and D'ron Waldron, a father of four and a graduate of the program.
info_outline Brooklyn Photographer Captures 'Unseen' NYC 06/05/2019
Brooklyn Photographer Captures 'Unseen' NYC There’s much more to New York City than meets the eye. But, a lot of us are too consumed looking at our smartphones to take notice of it. Not Stanley Greenberg, however. He’s a Brooklyn-based photographer with a lifelong curiosity about urban infrastructure. Stanley’s published four books, including Invisible New York: The Hidden Infrastructure of the City and Waterworks: A Photographic Journey through New York’s Hidden Water System. His latest project is called Codex New York: Typologies of the City. Stanley Greenberg is our guest on this week's Cityscape.
info_outline Locker Room Talk with CEO Travis Hollman 05/22/2019
Locker Room Talk with CEO Travis Hollman If you’ve been to a SoulCycle recently, chances are you’re familiar with this week’s guest on Cityscape. Maybe not by name, but by his lockers. Travis Hollman is the CEO of Dallas-based Hollman Inc, which has designed lockers for SoulCycle and many other clients, from major sports teams to the New York Times. Travis joins us on this week's Cityscape to talk about his company’s history and some of its many projects in New York City.
info_outline 200 Years of Bicycling History in NYC 05/15/2019
200 Years of Bicycling History in NYC When it comes to transportation in New York City, there are plenty of options. You can drive (if you own a car), hop in a cab, or take the bus or subway. And then if you want to be environmentally friendly, you can bike. Bicycling in New York City has a long, bumpy history. In his book On Bicycles, author Evan Friss takes readers through over 200 years of bicycle history in the Big Apple. Friss is our guest on this week's Cityscape.
info_outline Dishing It Up With Celebrity Caterer Mary Giuliani 05/08/2019
Dishing It Up With Celebrity Caterer Mary Giuliani A lot of people play the “what will I be game” while growing up. But, things don’t always turn out the way we envision. Just ask celebrity caterer Mary Giuliani. She never set out to be a caterer to the stars, but that’s exactly what happened. Mary Giuliani is an author, party and lifestyle expert, and founder and CEO of Mary Giuliani Catering and Events. Mary regularly works with A-list clients in the worlds of art, fashion and film. Her latest book is called Tiny Hot Dogs: A Memoir in Small Bites. Mary's our guest on this week's Cityscape.
info_outline Brooklyn Man Battles Deadly Infection 05/01/2019
Brooklyn Man Battles Deadly Infection When it comes to illnesses, outbreaks like Ebola, Zika and now the measles are quick to make headlines. But despite killing tens of thousands of Americans every year, C. diff often fails to gain widespread attention. Brooklyn resident Christian Lillis is working to change that. After his mother died from complications from a C. diff bug, Lillis founded an organization to educate the public and shape policy surrounding health care-associated infections. It’s called the Peggy Lillis Foundation. Christian is our guest on this week’s Cityscape.
info_outline Established 1884: Inside Garber Hardware 04/24/2019
Established 1884: Inside Garber Hardware Before the Manhattan Bridge or the Chrysler or Empire State buildings were built, there was Garber Hardware. The business has been in the same family for five generations. The first store was located at the corner of Horatio Street and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan’s West Village. In 2003, Garber Hardware moved to Greenwich Street, and has since expanded to a second location in the Chelsea neighborhood. On this week’s Cityscape, we're going inside one of New York City’s longest-running mom and pop businesses.
info_outline Inside America's Oldest Apothecary 04/17/2019
Inside America's Oldest Apothecary C.O. Bigelow Apothecary is the oldest apothecary in America. The Greenwich Village pharmacy and shop is run by 3rd generation pharmacist, Ian Ginsberg. Ian works alongside his son Alec who is the 4th generation pharmacist at the New York City locale. C.O. Bigelow’s is a staple of the village, serving many prominent personalities since it was established in 1838. Mark Twain, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Thomas Edison are among some of the original customers. Legend has it Edison burned his fingers while making an early prototype of light bulb and soothed them with balm from Bigelow’s. Cityscape producer Fiona Shea caught up with Ian and Alec Ginsberg, the father-son duo, and talked about what it’s like to run this well-known apothecary today.