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The Aerial View – On the Street

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In the first episode of The Aerial View, reporters Jessica Simeone, Rachel Senatore and Mark Morales took us through the streets of New York City.  Senatore rode with a Greenpoint moped gang and introduced us to a resurgence in the trend of mopeds.  Morales introduced us to an artist that looks at manhole covers as art.  Finally Simeone takes a look at the troubles facing street vendors as they fight for licenses of which there is a limited supply.

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The Aerial View: Up in the Air

For this podcast, we looked to the skies of New York City.

Window washing in your own home might not be a big deal. But what if you were 40 stories high? While hanging off the side of a building might sound terrifying, that’s how thousands of New Yorkers are making their living. The business of window washing, however, is a lot harder than wiping a squeegy on some glass. Reporter Mark Morales took a deeper into the window washing business and the battle between unionized and independent workers for jobs during a recession.

Then, hear from an expert on NYC airspace. Dr. Maxine Lubner is a professor of aviation safety at the Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Queens, and a licensed pilot. She joined us to talk about how air traffic controllers keep all of those planes in the sky.

And lastly: They’re everywhere in this city.  Look up, and you’ll see pigeons on fire escapes, building ledges and perched on statues. The hearty bird has thrived here, despite the harsh realities of urban life.  While some New Yorkers accept that pigeons are just another part of city living, others think the animals are no different than rats or cockroaches – pests that need to be controlled. Rachel Senatore has more on life for pigeons in New York City – and a new idea on how to curb the population.

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The Aerial View: New York Underground

 

An interested tourist enters the 100-year-old Atlantic Avenue Tunnel

An interested tourist enters the 100-year-old Atlantic Avenue Tunnel

 

In our latest show, the Aerial View takes the microphones underground to report on the city life beneath our feet.

After discovering one of the long forgotten original LIRR Subway Tunnels in 1982, Bob Diamond now takes interested transit buffs on a tour of the Atlantic Avenue tunnel. Originally constructed in 1860’s, Diamond tells reporter Jessica Simeone about the history of the tunnel and how he found it. Also, Diamond reveals his hope for making one last great find in the tunnel. Is he close?

Also joining us on the program is Joan Geismar, president of the Professional Archeologists of New York City.  She talks to us about archeology in New York City including her biggest find, where she’d like to dig next, and her take on the old school yard, “Finders Keepers” rule.

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After an early morning fire killed three Bangladeshi immigrants in Woodeside, Queens back in November, FDNY officials determined their only escape route had been blocked. The basement of the home, where the victims lived, had been converted into illegal basement apartments, and didn’t account for an escape route. The issue, a long time problem in New York City, has sparked some change in the way officials are tackling the issue. Reporter Mark Morales looks at the problem and even talks to one resident who currently calls this potentially dangerous situation, “Home.”

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