Pests in the City

These days the mere sight of a mattress left on the street is enough to make your skin crawl. But, the fear of bedbugs is justified.  The blood sucking insects are a growing problem in New York City.   In fact, not even the city’s most iconic building is safe.  Bedbugs were recently found at the Empire State Building.  On this week's Cityscape, we’re focusing our attention on bedbugs and other pesky critters.

 

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Street Games

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Over the years, in New York City's five boroughs, kids found a variety of ways to amuse themselves in the streets.  They played, and sometimes even invented games, using whatever was at hand; bottle caps, a stick, or a piece of chalk.  On this edition of Cityscape, we're talking about street games; stickball, handball, stoopball and more – the world where the spalding ball met your mama’s broom handle.

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Hot Time in the Old Town

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This summer’s heat may have given us something to gripe about, but it pales in comparison to what New Yorkers suffered through in August of 1896. A 10-day heat wave claimed the lives of more than 1,300 people in Manhattan alone. One local newspaper described the city as “an inferno of brick and stone."  Joining us this week to talk about this largely forgotten natural disaster in U-S history is Edward Kohn.  He’s the author of a new book called Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great Heat Wave of 1896 and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt.

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Tiny Things in the Big Apple

It's often said that we should "learn to appreciate the little things in life."  Well, we’ve decided to take a closer look at that saying, quite literally!  On this week's Cityscape, we’re delving into all manner of teeny tiny things in New York City; from a Brooklyn artist’s ant farms to a miniature book collection to a film maker’s version of a toy land, to a Manhattan woman's collection of tiny troll dolls.

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