Street food in New York City has a long and rich history. In fact, pushcart vending in New York dates all the way back to the late 1600’s. Fast forward more than three centuries, and street food is as popular as ever. On this week's Cityscape, we’re digging into street food culture in New York City, and exploring what it takes to get into the food truck business. Also, a cemetery might be the last place you’d think to go to explore the city’s culinary past. But, Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx is the final resting place of a veritable who’s who of culinary greats. The cemetery recently held a tour of noteworthy gravesites related to the city’s food history. On this week's show, we'll pay the cemetery a visit to learn more about the famous foodies buried there.

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Saturday is “It’s My Park Day” in New York City -- an annual event in which New Yorkers give a little back to their favorite parks. Residents in all five boroughs will be taking time to spruce up parks and playgrounds in their neighborhoods. It’s volunteer efforts like this one that New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe says make a big difference in the care and upkeep of parks. Commissioner Benepe is our guest on this week's Cityscape. He'll talk with us about the state of the city’s parks system and a whole bunch more, including how music helps to inspire him to build and maintain parks.

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It’s the kind of story that keeps moviegoers on the edge of their seats -- a lethal pandemic quickly spreads through a crowded city as the medical community races to stop it. But, throughout history, health officials in New York City have had their own real-life dramas dealing with disease, including bouts with smallpox.  Today there are vaccines available to protect adults and children against at least 17 diseases, but health officials sometimes struggle to convince people that vaccines are safe. A new exhibit set to open Tuesday at the New-York Historical Society explores the history of vaccination, including the conflict between the need to manage disease in an urban environment and the rights of individuals to resist government interference in their private lives. Joining us on this week's Cityscape is the exhibition’s team, as well as an immunization expert from the New York City Health Department.

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For an artist, inspiration can strike at any moment. Something as simple as a sunset might inspire a painter to reach for a brush. The birth of a child might prompt a musician to pen a new song. But, it’s not always happy occasions that spark an artist to launch a new project. On this week’s Cityscape, we’ll talk with New York City artists who are turning cancer diagnoses into artistic statements.

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