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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