During the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, poet Walt Whitman declared it “the grandest physical habitat and surroundings of land and water the globe affords." His poem “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” is celebrated by poetry lovers every year in an event in which they cross the Brooklyn Bridge reading poems about the bridge and city. So many poets, like Jack Kerouac and Frank O’Hara have drawn inspiration from New York City. And the city continues to be a literary muse for poets today. On this week's Cityscape, we're tapping into New York City's poetry community -- past and present.

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Does the clack clack sound of typewriter keys make you nostalgic? How about the crackle of vinyl spinning on a record player? You may consider typewriters and record players relics of the past, but there are plenty of people keeping them alive and well. In this episode of Cityscape we talk with people using machines from decades past.

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At any time of year in New York City, the smell of warm pretzels wafts through the streets. Most hot dog vendors sell them from their carts. But many New Yorkers say they don’t taste as good as they smell, so chefs have been introducing new twists to the salted bread. On this week’s Cityscape, we’re digging our teeth into the pretzel.

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You see them along the East and Hudson Rivers, and snaking through Central Park. Arms pumping with a determined look on their faces. We’re talking about runners. They’re pretty much everywhere in New York City. On this week's show we're delving into the world of runners, including efforts to get kids into the sport as a way to inspire them to get fit and stay in school. We'll also talk with the author of a new book called Runners and Lovers. The novel is set in the Riverdale section of the Bronx.

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