Some historians travel far and wide to uncover the fascinating stories that our ancestors have left behind. But, for author Richard Panchyk, the fascinating stories he wanted to share weren’t so far at all. A proud native of Elmhurst, Queens, Panchyk had always been interested in the borough he called home. On this week's Cityscape, we talk with Richard about his new book, Hidden History of Queens. Richard discovered many complex narratives that still run through the veins of his beloved borough. He shares that many authentic structures and locations are eager to share their rich stories, if you’re willing to take a deeper look. From rare Newtown Pippin apples to old Revolutionary War buildings, we learn that Queens has a lot to reveal about the people who once inhabited New York City’s largest borough.

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The date September 11 will forever evoke recollections of unimaginable tragedy. Nearly 3,000 people died in the terrorist attacks on that date in 2001. Psychotherapist Edy Nathan was called upon on 9/11 to tend to the emotional well-being of first responders at the site of the terrorist attacks in Lower Manhattan, known at the time as ground zero. Edy joins us on this week's Cityscape to talk about the grief and trauma of 9/11 and how that reverberates in our lives 17 years later. Her newly published book is called It’s Grief: The Dance of Self-Discovery Through Trauma and Loss.

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Labor Day weekend is upon us and for a lot of people you know what that means – barbecues with enough food to make your belt buckle burst. Our guest this week knows the struggles of maintaining a healthy waist size all too well. It took Mary Prenon 19 years to achieve her goal of losing 50 pounds. Mary is a former journalist. She now works as the communications director for a Realtor association in New York’s Hudson Valley. Mary has penned a book about her weight loss journey. It’s called I’m Lazy and I Love to Eat.

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In a city like New York, you can't walk an inch without encountering one of these -- a bold little feathered creature that'll either stare you down or snatch a piece of the bagel you dropped. On this week's Cityscape, why pigeons deserve more than to be called rats with wings.

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At major league baseball games, there are lots of opportunities to interact with the high-energy action. Cheering, doing the wave, getting on the jumbotron, and attempting to catch foul balls have become the standard for fans across the country. New York City resident Zack Hample has made a name for himself as a ball catching phenomenon. Since the age of 12, Zack has accumulated over 10,000 baseballs from major league games in North America. His ball collection not only exceeds that of any other baseball fan in history, but it celebrates many prominent baseball moments. He caught the Mets’ last home run at Shea Stadium in 2008, Alex Rodriguez’s 3,000th career hit in 2015, and Zack snagged the Reds infielder Alex Blandino’s first career home run in May of this year. We caught up with Zack in Riverside Park to learn more about how his childhood hobby of catching foul balls grew to become the famed career he holds today.

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Harlem, like most New York City neighborhoods, has seen a lot of change in the last few decades. Burned-out buildings and vacant lots have given way to luxury developments and trendy eateries. But, a new book affords viewers a look at Harlem before the effects of gentrification. It’s called Once in Harlem, and is the work of Japanese-American photographer, Katsu Naito. Katsu is our guest on this week's Cityscape.

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In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, a Bronx filmmaker is working to shine a spotlight on her native Puerto Rico. Known for her stop-motion work, Alba Garcia has turned to live puppetry to focus in on Puerto Rico’s indigenous past. Her upcoming film seeks to revive Taino culture, and create awareness of the devastating impact Hurricane Maria has had on Puerto Rico. Alba Garcia is our guest on this week's Cityscape.

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New York City is chock full of history. You literally can even find it tucked away in cracks and crevices. Enter The Tenement Museum on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Historians amassed a diverse collection of historic trash in the making of the museum. They found everything from old perfume bottles to doll heads to tins of aspirin as they worked to convert two historic tenement buildings into a place to tell the story of immigrant life in the 19th and 20th centuries. On this week’s show, a look inside the Tenement Museum’s archive of antique garbage and cast-offs.

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In a city known for its cool and unusual places, even the Wild Bird Fund might surprise. It's basically a hospital for sick and injured birds on Manhattan's upper West Side. From pigeons to ducks to owls, the Wild Bird Fund treats all kinds of feathered patients. On this week's Cityscape, we're heading inside New York City's hospital for wild birds.

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When it comes to luxury living, there’s no shortage of it in New York City. From penthouses with panoramic views of Manhattan to townhouses with historic architectural elements, the city has a plethora of draw-dropping properties to call home. That is if you have the bank account to match. On this week’s show we’re getting an inside view of New York City’s luxury real estate market. Our guests are Manhattan real estate agents Augusto Bittencourt and Jared Barnett.

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If streets could talk, imagine the stories they would tell. Author Fran Leadon gives a voice to Broadway in his new book Broadway: A History of New York City in Thirteen Miles. Leadon is our guest on this week's Cityscape.
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From disposable coffee cups to worn-out kitchen cabinets to leftover meatloaf, a lot of what many of us throw out each day adds up to a whole lot of landfill. This Spring, WFUV’s Strike a Chord campaign is focusing its attention on reducing waste. Join us for a special panel discussion, produced in conjunction with BronxNet TV, exploring efforts to cut down on what ends up in our waste stream.

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New York City is comprised of a lot of concrete and steel, but throughout this great metropolis is a whole lot of green. On this week’s Cityscape, we’re visiting two draw-dropping green spaces – The Lotus Garden on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and Brooklyn Grange. The Lotus Garden is located 20 feet above West 97th Street, on the roof of a parking garage. The New York Times has called it “one of the most lush and tranquil spots in New York.” Brooklyn Grange is a sprawling urban farm atop a former warehouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.

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From over easy to scrambled to poached to sunny side-up, there are many ways to cook an egg. On this week's Cityscape, we’re serving up an episode focused on eggs, from an egg-themed pop up exhibit on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, to a company that rents chickens so you can have your own freshly laid eggs, to an executive chef who’s putting a modern spin on the classic breakfast egg sandwich.

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This summer, for the first time in history, Fiddler on the Roof will be performed in Yiddish in the United States. And that performance will take place in New York City. The National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene is presenting the show at the Museum of Jewish Heritage starting July 4. Our guest this week is Folksbiene CEO Christopher Massimine. We'll also hear from Kolya Borodulin, Director of Yiddish Programming for The Workmen's Circle.

 
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Nails are a big business in a city like New York. You can’t walk a block without seeing a place to get a manicure or a pedicure. But the industry has come under fire in recent years. On this week’s Cityscape we’re catching up with New York Times staff reporter Sarah Nir, who three years ago, uncovered big problems in the nail salon industry. Her expose shined a light on labor violations and poor health conditions that led to significant change. We'll also bring you other nail salon-related segments.

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Philadelphia and Boston often hog the limelight when it comes to Revolutionary War history, but New York City also played a significant role during that era. Our guest this week is Karen Quinones. She brings history to life as the owner and historian of Patriot Tours. Karen joins us to talk about New York City's Revolutionary past, including her new walking tour that explores the role espionage played during that time period.

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Growing up isn’t always easy. But, if you’re lucky enough, someone -- a coach, a teacher, a parent, will help you along the way. Our guest this week is Dr. Arthur Langer. He’s the founder of Workforce Opportunity Services, a non-profit organization that works to develop the skills of untapped talent from underserved and veteran communities. Art knows full well the importance of a little support and encouragement from his own experiences as a kid growing up in the Bronx.

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In a city that is ever changing, some things have managed to stay the same. On this week’s Cityscape, we’re focusing on two New York City family businesses that have stood the test of time. The Goldberger Doll Company and Moscot Eyewear have both been in business for more than a century.

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Claire Grunwald has been making wigs and beards for Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community for decades. She learned wig making in Germany when she was 14-years old. On this week’s Cityscape, we’re wigging out at Claire Accuhair in Midwood, Brooklyn.

 

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From the newfound avocado addiction to the cronut craze, New Yorkers are constantly snapping pictures of their food to post on social media sites. Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook are full of recipe ideas and perfectly captured table settings. For some people, going out to eat has become less about the food, and more about the spectacle and aesthetic value of the meal. On this week's Cityscape, how social media is impacting the New York City food scene.

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David Spampinato, Devin Clementi, and Emmanuel Berbari discuss the Mets hot start. Will this last? Is this team for real? They give their takes on the Yankees recent struggles and how the rotation will hold up and whether or not Giancarlo Stanton's struggles will continue. They finish up discussing Shohei Otani's first bump in the road against the red hot Boston Red Sox. 

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For a lot of people, New York City is a place where dreams come true, but for some being in the Big Apple can be a nightmare. On this week’s Cityscape, we’re shedding light on human trafficking. According to the International Labour Organization, 24.9 million people are victims of forced labor, which includes forced sexual exploitation.

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When it comes to the most famous clocks in the world, the one at Elizabeth Tower in London, commonly referred to as “Big Ben,” usually tops the list. But New York City is also home to historic clocks of note. On this week's Cityscape, we’re talking with the folks behind an organization called Save America’s Clocks. The non-profit is dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of all of America's public clocks. Here in New York, the group has been in a long standing battle to protect a 19th century clock atop 346 Broadway in Manhattan.

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When thinking back to American history class, you might recall discussing the Declaration of Independence, the Civil War and the civil rights movement. At an early age, kids learn about the lives and stories of figures like Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr., but what about other events and influential figures in American history, specifically those involving the LGBTQ community? On this week's Cityscape, how one organization is working to train teachers to bring LGBTQ history into U.S. classrooms. We'll also talk with the creator and host of the Making Gay History podcast.

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You can’t go a block in a city like New York without seeing someone walking a dog. Dogs are a big part of many people’s lives and families. So much so the city is now home to a cafe that’s literally gone to the dogs. This week's Cityscape is all about our canine companions, from a visit to New York City's first dog-friendly cafe to a breakdown of every dog registration in the city.

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Just in time for the start of spring a new book is out focusing on New York City’s public gardens. It’s called City Green: Public Gardens of New York. Our guest this week is the author of City Green, Jane Garmey. Her book takes us on a tour of a wide variety of green spaces in New York City, from pocket gardens to more expansive ones.

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New York City is constantly evolving. Businesses open and close. New buildings go up and old ones come down. But, if you look closely enough, in the midst of all this change, you’ll find remnants of the past. On this week's Cityscape, we'll hear how a Brooklyn-based photographer has found reflections of old New York at flea markets and other venues. Ray Simone joins us to talk about what he’s uncovered through retouching and restoring original camera negatives. We'll also talk with Ben Passikoff, author of The Writing on the Wall: Rediscovering New York City's "Ghost Signs". His book gives us a glimpse into the New York City of yesteryear through advertisements painted across the facades of buildings, some that date back more than 90 years.

 

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From becoming a foster parent to simply being a mentor, there are many ways to help foster children in need. Kids in foster care face a variety of challenges, especially older kids who face "aging out" of the system without knowing what they're next step will be. As part of WFUV's Strike a Chord campaign, we're teaming up with BronxNet TV, to present a special panel discussion on issues facing kids in foster care.

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New Yorkers are known for pounding the pavement to get what they want. But, you can't pound the pavement without a good pair of shoes. On this week's Cityscape, we're talking to shoemakers and cobblers, including the third-generation owner of Jim's Shoe Repair in midtown Manhattan

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In today’s digital age, dolls might not be the flashiest toy on the market, but they still hold a place in the hearts of kids and adult collectors alike. On this week’s Cityscape, we’re pushing Barbie aside, to focus on other dolls and their makers, including Robert Tonner, who’s company developed what’s said to be the world’s first transgender doll. We're also talking with a Bronx artist who's celebrated for doll creations that are more Tim Burton than Walt Disney.

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If you spend any time in New York City, you no doubt have heard some Yiddish spoken on the street, or at least in the bagel shop. You may have heard someone say “I’ll take a bagel with a schmear,” for instance. On this week's Cityscape, we’re schmoozing with a couple of people with a rich knowledge of Yiddish language and culture: Kolya Borodulin, Director of Yiddish Programming for The Workmen's Circle and Edna Nahshon, Professor of Theater and Drama at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Nahshon is also the editor and author of several articles and books, including New York’s Yiddish Theater: From the Bowery to Broadway.

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When Coss Marte went to prison in 2009, he was faced with not one, but two big challenges: lose weight and discover a legitimate career upon release. Luckily for him, overcoming the first obstacle helped him find the answer to the other. Marte, a former drug kingpin, is now helping others get into shape through his fitness company -- ConBody. ConBody markets a "prison style" boot camp based on Marte’s former prison workout routine. Ironically, his studio is located in the very same neighborhood on Manhattan’s Lower East Side where he used to sell drugs. In addition to running his fitness studio, Marte is now out with a new book called ConBody: The Revolutionary Bodyweight Prison Boot Camp, Born from an Extraordinary Story of Hope. Marte is our guest on this week's Cityscape.

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Joe’s Pub in Manhattan is preparing to host a one-person show from NYC-based trans actor Becca Blackwell. They, Themself and Schmerm deals with sexuality, gender, family, identity and child abuse, all in what’s described as “laugh-out-loud fashion." Blackwell shares their personal story that led to the show's creation on this week’s Cityscape.

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Rentals aren’t just for groomsmen in need of a tux or a parent who wants a cotton candy machine for a kid’s birthday party. In today’s day and age, you can pretty much rent anything, including paparazzi. On this week’s Cityscape we’re exploring things you can rent – from paparazzi to bridesmaids to chickens. That’s right chickens!

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The world is chock full of hidden attractions, cool sights and unusual things, and if you know where to look, you'll find some of those wondrous discoveries in New York City. On this week's Cityscape, we'll pay a visit to a venue in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan that takes a page from ancient European catacombs. We'll also visit a cabinet of curiosities on Manhattan's Lower East Side. Obscura Antiques and Oddities at 207 Avenue A sells a wide variety of weird wares.

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When you think of a superhero, who comes to mind? Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman? But, not all superheroes are fictional characters who come to life in comic books or are on the big screen. On this week’s Cityscape we’re focusing our attention on real-life superheroes -- every day citizens who take it upon themselves to fight crime or address other issues in their communities, dressed in costume. Our guests are Nadia Fezzani, author of the book Real Life Super Heroes, and Chris Pollak, a martial arts instructor and self-proclaimed real-life superhero in New York City, known as Dark Guardian.

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Is there is a doctor in the house? Well, that might be uncertain. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, the U.S. will face a significant shortage of doctors in the next decade. Many of them, primary care physicians. Our guest this week is Neal Simon. He’s the president and co-founder of the American University of Antigua College of Medicine. Neal has made it his mission to help increase the supply of primary care doctors and break down the barriers that present underrepresented minorities from pursuing a career in medicine. Many of his school's graduates are working in the tri-state area.http://www.wfuv.org/cityscape

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