A lot people will stay up late to celebrate the New Year in all sorts of ways, including by watching the ball drop in Times Square. But New Year’s celebrations weren’t always as we know them today. On this week's Cityscape we’ll talk about the history of the Times Square ball drop and learn about 19th century New Year’s traditions. We’ll also take a look back at some great music writing with The New Yorker critic Alex Ross.

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From the tree at Rockefeller Center to the elaborate department store holiday window displays, Christmastime in New York City is a big deal. And it’s been a big deal here for a long time. On this week's Cityscape, we're looking back at Christmases past in New York City, and exploring the origins of some of the city’s long standing holiday traditions.

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From the astrological map on the ceiling of Grand Central Terminal to the Empire State Building, New Yorkers have many reasons to look up. But, on this week’s Cityscape, we’re peering down. We’ll look into the history and art of manhole covers, as well as check out the artwork within the New York City subway system.

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The Bronx is bursting with Latin flavor. In fact, according to the 2010 census, Hispanics make up 53.5% of the borough's population, up from just over 43% a decade ago. On this week's Cityscape, we're exploring Latino history and culture in the Bronx.

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New Yorkers are known for being blunt -- they’re not afraid to speak their minds or express an opinion -- whether it be about the weather or world politics. On this week's Cityscape, we’ll delve into two new books that tap into the wisdom of some of the city’s most noteworthy residents.

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Food writer, award-winning cooking instructor, former chef and New York City resident Michael Krondl talks about his new book Sweet Invention: A History of Dessert.

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A lot of people love the smell of brand new things – cars, shoes, carpet, books. But, there’s a lot to be said for stuff that’s a bit more worn out, or at least older. New York City is full of places to buy vintage goods, from typewriters to shoes to pots and pans.  On this week's Cityscape, we hit the streets in search of vintage.

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In today's economic climate, knowing how to manage money effectively and make well-informed financial decisions is critical for everyone. As part of WFUV’s Strike a Chord campaign on financial literacy, this week's show is all about money matters.

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Daylight saving time ends tomorrow at 2 AM in the U.S, which means Americans will turn their clocks back one hour. On this week's show we’ll be exploring the clocks of New York City, as well as talking with a Brooklyn guy who makes watches using parts from vintage timepieces.

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This coming Tuesday is All Saints Day. It’s a day on which the Roman Catholic Church celebrates and honors all the Christian faithful, both known and unknown. All Saints Day has inspired us to do a show with a Saints theme. This week we’ll meet a Staten Island priest with a massive collection of saint statues and pay a visit to St. Mark's Place in Manhattan's East Village to learn all about the street's storied past.

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New York City may no longer be the manufacturing capital of America, but a whole lot of stuff is still made in the five boroughs, from soda pop to chocolate to maraschino cherries. On this week's Cityscape, we’re showcasing products with the made in NY stamp, including pickles from Brooklyn.

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Since its beginnings, hip hop has influenced so many aspects of life, from educational children’s albums to fashion. Hip Hop got its start in New York City. On this week’s Cityscape, we’re exploring those origins, and looking at hip hop from several other angles.

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Let’s face it -- older and younger generations don’t always see eye-to-eye. For example, they often have different tastes in music. And while technology is helping to widen the divide, it’s also bringing generations closer together. On this week’s show, texting while parenting. We’ll also learn a new language – teen speak.

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Autumn officially arrives this week, and that means the days will grow shorter and shorter until the winter solstice on December 22nd. But, an early nightfall has its bright sides, including more time to spot owls in the city. On this week's Cityscape, we'll go owl watching in Central Park, as well as get some tips on taking nighttime photos.

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When it comes to murky waters, it doesn’t get much murkier than Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. In fact, the waterway was once dubbed “Lavender Lake” for its purplish chemical hue. The Environmental Protection Agency designated the 1-point-8 mile canal a Superfund site in March 2010. On this week's Cityscape, we're learning all about the Gowanus.

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September 11th, 2001 is a date that will forever weigh heavily on the minds of Americans. On this week's Cityscape, we're reflecting on the events of ten years ago with a museum curator, a journalist and artists, including singer-songwriter Juliana Hatfield, who penned a song about the forever changed Manhattan skyline.

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The term “hero” connotes great feats of courage akin to rescuing someone from a burning building, but there are other, smaller acts of kindness that we might consider heroic. On this week's Cityscape, we're talking with "everyday heroes" in New York City, including a taxi driver who helped to nab a violent offender.

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New York City is known for a lot of things – its skyscrapers, its frenetic energy, and let’s not forget -- its accent. It’s not New York…it’s New Yawk. It’s not coffee…it’s cawfee. And for some people… it’s not 33rd and 3rd...it's Toidy Toid and Toid. That’s a more classic pronunciation that you’re probably less likely to hear on the streets today. In fact, some say New York’s accent is disappearing as the city becomes more gentrified. On this week's Cityscape, we're exploring the NYC accent.

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Great inventors of the past have influenced the world we live in today. Thomas Edison gave us the light bulb, phonograph, and motion picture camera. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone. Guglielmo Marconi invented the radio – we’re especially thankful for that one. And let’s not forget Brooklyn born inventor George Lerner for his famous American Toy, Mr. Potatohead. Today, the Big Apple is home to the creators of many interesting inventions, from a solar powered, MP3 charging bikini to a hoodie that takes photos when your heart rate increases. This week, we’re talking with modern day inventors based in New York City.

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When you think of New York City’s food vendors, the hot dog carts or ice cream trucks scattered about probably come to mind, but there’s quite a variety of food you can buy on the street including cupcakes, schnitzels, dumplings, and even lobster. Coming up on this week's Cityscape, we'll explore the history of the city's mobile food vendors and take a look at the issues and challenges they face today.

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Greenwich Village, also referred to as just “The Village,” is a largely residential part of Manhattan, and was once known as a Mecca for artists and writers like Bob Dylan and Jack Kerouac. Though surges in rent have sent many starving artists to other neighborhoods, bohemian culture continues to pervade the coffee shops, bars and bookstores of this historic district. On this week's Citsycape, we're immersing ourselves in the "culture" of Greenwich Village.

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On this week's Cityscape, we're exploring the "People's Palace" -- the New York Public Library's main branch on 5th Avenue. We'll delve into the architecture and decoration of the building, and look into other aspects of the 100-year-old institution.

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New York-based journalist and author David Browne drops in to talk about his new book "Fire and Rain: The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor, CSNY, and the Lost Story of 1970."

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New York is considered on of the fastest paced cities in the world, and we're not slowing things down by any means. On this week's Cityscape, we're exploring the different ways New Yorkers get things done fast -- from speed decorating to speed walking.

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If you live in an old house, chances are many, many people walked the same floors and slept in the same rooms over the years. But, have you ever wondered who they were, what their lives were like? On this week’s Cityscape, a Manhattan resident shares her story of uncovering the long history of her Lower East Side rowhouse, after finding out it was in jeopardy of collapse. Katharine Greider's new book is called The Archaeology of Home: An Epic Set on a Thousand Square Feet of the Lower East Side.

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Strawberry Fields is the most visited site in Central Park. On this week’s Cityscape, we’ll talk with the author of a new book about the memorial to John Lennon. Also this week, we'll visit a place in Queens that’s more reminiscent of Amish country than New York City; the Queens County Farm Museum.

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Summer’s officially here. The season arrived exactly at 1:16 pm Tuesday. So you can expect those who complained about the cold and snow -- to start complaining about the heat and humidity. But, there are plenty of ways to beat the heat in the baking Big Apple, including at one of the city’s many outdoor pools. On this week's Cityscape, we’ll look back at the history of the city’s public swimming pools -- a history that involves charges of racism. We'll also visit Embee Sunshade Company in Brooklyn. They've been making beach and patio umbrellas since 1933.

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The Bay Plaza Shopping Center just south of Co-op City in the Bronx attracts shoppers to places like Barnes & Noble and JCPenney, but half a century ago the area packed people in for another reason. The site was home to an amusement park bigger than Disneyland. On this week’s Cityscape, we’re remembering Freedomland. It opened to the public 51 years ago this weekend, but only lasted five seasons.

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Neighborhood parks are the focal point of many communities.  Kids frolic in playgrounds, people read on shaded benches, or simply meet and converse with their neighbors.  As part of WFUV's Strike a Chord campaign, we're focusing our attention on neighborhood parks, including the people who help keep them vibrant. 

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In New York, like in many American cities, mom-and-pop shops are slowly disappearing. Owners who can no longer afford their rent abruptly fold, retire with no one in the family interested in taking over the business, or simply decide it’s not worth competing against the big box store that opened up down the street. On this week’s Cityscape, the disappearing face of New York. We’ll talk with a husband and wife photography team who’ve made it their mission to document generations-old storefronts before the shops vanish forever. We’ll also pay a visit to some New York City establishments that have somehow managed to buck the trend and stand the test of time. Like JJ Hat Center in Manhattan, billed as the oldest hat shop in all of New York City.

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The term addiction often conjures up images of people struggling to kick bad habits with alcohol or drugs, but people can get addicted to all kinds of things. On this week's Cityscape, we’re taking a closer look at addiction, from people who literally can’t get enough of video games to a Manhattan woman who says she’s addicted to ventriloquism.

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Between work, chores and everything in between, it can be hard to find time to relax. But, experts say it’s vital to balance work and play, and some say there’s no better way to decompress than to engage in a hobby. On this week's Cityscape, we’re getting our “hobby-on,” from Lego building to model boat sailing. We'll also pay a visit to an old-school hobby shop in Astoria, Queens.

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If you somehow missed the ads for flowers, jewelry or brunch specials -- Sunday is Mother’s Day. On this week's Cityscape, we're celebrating motherhood with several mom-related segments, including an interview with a Manhattan woman who became a single mom by choice.

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Domestic violence knows no boundaries. It can happen to anyone – regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, orientation or socio-economic status. On this week's Cityscape, we're shining a light on the dark subject of domestic violence, including domestic abuse in the Muslim and LGBT communities.

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New York City is arguably the fashion capital of the world, but on this week's Cityscape, we're stripping it down to where clothes don't matter. From a naked comedian to naked yoga to nude dining, we're baring it all on this week's show.

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This week's show is all about making "a brand new start of it, in old New York." Our guests include Rob Silverman, the author of a new book called New York, New York: So Good They Named It Twice An Irreverent Guide to Experiencing and Living in the Greatest City in the World.

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New York City is an amazing place during any season, but after the winter we just went through, on this week's Cityscape, we're singing the praises of Spring in the Big Apple. This week's show includes an interview with the authors of Garden Guide: New York City. And since, as they say, "April showers bring May flowers," we've produced a couple of segments on umbrellas, including the story of a Brooklyn woman who makes dresses, tote bags, and even doggie clothes out of broken, discarded umbrellas.

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The creator of the "I 'heart' NY" logo, Milton Glaser, joins us on this week's Cityscape. We'll also talk with the author of a new book called Heart of the City: Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York, and visit Heart Gallery NYC, an organization that works with professional photographers to help match foster children with adoptive parents. We're getting to the heart of it all on this week's show ;)

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Opa! Greek in NYC

It’ll be all Greek to New York Sunday (3/27/11), as the annual Greek Independence Day Parade makes its way through Manhattan’s 5th Avenue.  This year’s event celebrates the 190th anniversary of Greek independence from Turkish rule.   The parade’s a city tradition, dating back to 1938.  It found a home on 5th Avenue in 1951. On this edition of Cityscape, we’re exploring all things Greek, from ancient literature to the cuisine.

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We all face a new set of challenges as we get older.  All this month, WFUV has been highlighting organizations that work to assist older adults as part of our Strike a Chord campaign.  We’ve also been delving into many of the issues that impact seniors.  This week on Cityscape, we’ll be continuing that exploration, including a look into the lives of grandparents tasked with raising their grandchildren and LGBT seniors.

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March 25th marks the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in downtown Manhattan.  The tragedy led to changes in workplace labor and fire safety laws.  On this week's Cityscape, we’re looking back on this pivotal piece of New York City and American history.

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Death – a lot of us try to avoid the subject at all costs, but it’s the one inevitable part of life.  On this week's Cityscape, we're exploring death from a variety of perspectives, including that of 19th century New York City.  We'll also hear from a New York Times obituary writer and talk with an expert in end-of-life planning at Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx.

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Staten Island Chuck and Punxatawney Phil agreed this winter won’t last much longer, but with the wacky weather we’ve experienced this season, it’s hard to tell what to expect. We still have more than 20 days to go until the first day of Spring, so this week we're sharing some ways to help make the last bit of winter warm and cozy in New York City. On this week's Cityscape, we'll visit a tropical oasis in the Bronx, a hot chocolate festival in Manhattan and other warm places. 

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This year Staten Island celebrates its 350th birthday. But, despite its rich history, the borough is often overlooked or thought of only for its old landfill.  On this week’s Cityscape, we’re uncovering the riches of this often forgotten borough, including a Tibetan museum and a hospital that discovered a cure for TB.

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With the Westminster Kennel Club’s 135th annual dog show kicking off Monday at Madison Square Garden, we thought there’s no better time to do a show about dogs in the city.  On this week's Cityscape, we'll talk with a judge from the Westminster Dog Show, go for a walk with a professional dog walker and her canine client, and learn all about the efforts of Animal Care and Control of New York City. 

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On this week's Cityscape, we’re exploring New York from an aerial view – you might say we’re flying high above the city.  We'll be talking with a long-time window washer, a helicopter traffic reporter and an operator of the Roosevelt Island Tram.  We'll also keep an eye out for bald eagles in the skies over the city. 

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As WFUV kicks off its winter membership drive, Cityscape looks back at some of our favorite segments and asks for your support.  WFUV is member supported public radio.  We can't do it without you!

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We all experience ups and downs in life – some more than others.  On this week's Cityscape, we're talking with the "more than others," including an elevator operator on Manhattan's Upper West Side.

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New York City's museum mile runs along Fifth Avenue from 82nd to 104th Streets in Manhattan.  Along the mile you'll find widely recognized museums like the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim, but have you ever heard of the International Paper Museum in New York City?  On this week's Cityscape, we're paying a visit to some "off the beaten path" museums in the Big Apple.

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Leonard Bernstein is recognized as one of the greatest musical minds of all time.  During his illustrious career, he composed the music for West Side Story and Candide.  But, perhaps he’s best known as the longtime music director of the New York Philharmonic.  His distinctive style of conducting was unmistakable.  Bernstein died in 1990 at the age of 72.  A new book gives us a peek inside the world of this remarkable maestro.  Our guest is performing arts photographer Steve Sherman.  Sherman's book is called Leonard Bernstein at Work – His Final Years 1984 – 1990.

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For some people New Year's Day is all about tradition, like eating a particular meal for good luck.  On this week's Cityscape, we're delving into New Year's traditions in New York City, including a birding expedition in Central Park, the Coney Island Polar Bear Club's New Year's Day plunge and a poetry reading marathon on Manhattan's Lower East Side. 

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