What does the future hold for New York City? As we stand at the brink of a new year, we’re looking at some exciting projects in the works: from an underground park in Manhattan, to a swimming pool in the East River to a giant observation wheel on Staten Island.

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Winter is here, for the next three long months. We’re all familiar with the phrase the winter blues, but how do you get through the dark, cold months without getting the doldrums? On this week’s Cityscape, we’re looking at ways to avoid letting the winter get the best of you. We’ll be talking with a clinical psychiatrist about ways to beat “cabin fever,” as well as simply searching out fun things to do to get your mind off the cold.

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According to culinary historians, the first cookies were made by accident. Cooks used a small amount of cake batter to test oven temperatures before baking a large cake.  And so, the decadent dessert was born. During the holidays, the smell of fresh baked cookies is ubiquitous. What’s your favorite type of cookie? Chocolate chip, oatmeal, maybe Snickerdoodle? On this week’s Cityscape, we talk cookie legacies, creative recipes, and “Baking it Forward.”

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The New York City taxi is an iconic automobile with a rich social history, and some of the men – and women – that get us from point A to point B have seen a lot along the way.  This week's Cityscape is all about the taxi – from personal stories of cab drivers, to high tech cabs, to taxis doubling as photography studios.

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Singer, pianist, composer and Brooklyn native Neil Sedaka is famous for writing songs like the 1962 hit, Breaking Up is Hard to Do. But his career stalled when the Beatles shot to prominence, and for 12 years Sedaka struggled to get back on the charts. On this week's Cityscape we'll talk with author Rich Podolsky about his new book Neil Sedaka: Rock’n’Roll Survivor: The Inside Story of His Incredible Comeback.

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If you notice more men growing facial hair this month, it may be because of Movember, a movement to raise awareness about men’s health in November. With that in mind, this week's Cityscape is all about facial hair. We'll talk with playwright and circus performer Jennifer Miller, who has lived most of her life as a woman with a beard. We'll also check in with the president of Gotham City Beard Alliance. And, for those who want to lose the facial hair, we'll visit a Manhattan barber shop that's always ready to provide a good old fashioned shave.

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Food pantries and soup kitchens provide a lifeline to countless individuals and families in need of assistance. They often get a ton of volunteers around the holidays, but food pantries and soup kitchens need help all year long.  As part of WFUV’s Strike a Chord Campaign, this episode of Cityscape takes a look at the demand for emergency food assistance in New York City, and the efforts of food pantries and soup kitchens to meet that demand. 

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The big city is full of bright lights, but since daylight saving ends this weekend, it’s time to turn back the clocks and extend darkness a little longer. With that in mind, we're focusing on clocks and darkness on this week's Cityscape. We'll pay a visit to a good old-fashioned clock repair shop in Manhattan. We’re also talking about how the invention of artificial lighting influenced the work of writers and artists in early New York City, and attending a dance party in the dark in Brooklyn.

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Each week, WFUV's Cityscape explores the people, places and spirit of New York City in new and unique ways. We journey to fascinating places and meet interesting people, but we wouldn’t be able to do that without support from listeners who appreciate this kind of programming. WFUV is a commercial free, member supported, public radio station. We rely on contributions from listeners like you to keep Cityscape going strong. In this episode, we’re here to do what we always do, and that’s bring you great stories and discoveries. But we need you to do your part, and that’s make a financial pledge of support at WFUV.org.

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What do the Bee Gees, waterbeds, and pet rocks all have in common? How about platform shoes, The Hustle, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show? They were all popular in the 1970s. On this week's Cityscape, we’re exploring New York City in the 70s -- the photography, the music, and the fashion. But it wasn’t all disco and bell bottoms – the city experienced rampant crime and was on the brink of financial disaster in the '70s. We'll explore that side of 1970s NYC as well.

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