New York City is home to a variety of alternative art spaces, but perhaps none have a story like this.

In the mid-1980’s a group of squatters took over an abandoned building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. They broke in using a sledgehammer and made the place their own, even putting on art shows and plays in the space. They called the location Bullet Space (find out why in this episode of Cityscape).

Andrew Castrucci and Alexandra Rojas are artists and residents of Bullet Space. Andrew’s been living there for over thirty years and was one of the original squatters. They recently took Cityscape on a tour of the building, and explained why Bullet Space is far from just another transformed tenement in the concrete jungle.

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A lot of people's fondest memories revolve around food, whether it be a birthday dinner with friends or cooking in the kitchen with grandma. Our guests on this week's Cityscape relate to that:

  • Rozanne Gold is a chef, author, journalist, philanthropist, and now a podcast host. Her podcast is called One Woman Kitchen. Each episode features a woman making a unique impact in the culinary world.
  • Priya Krishna is a regular contributor forThe New York Times, Bon Appétit, The New Yorker and others. She’s also the author of a new cookbook called Indianish: Recipes and Antics From a Modern American Family. It’s filled with Indian-American hybrid dishes inspired by her own mother’s cooking.
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One could argue that nothing comes close to the quality of grandma’s home cooking. So when you go out to eat, you might miss that authenticity. But, a restaurant on Staten Island says you shouldn’t have to.

This week we’re heading to Enoteca Maria, where the chefs are a rotating cast of nonnas.

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For generations, the American Museum of Natural History has been wowing visitors with its diverse exhibits, from its vast collection of dinosaur fossils to its Hall of Ocean Life, complete with a blue whale model that hangs from the ceiling.

But, how did the museum become the major hub of education, research and innovation we know and love today?

Our guest this week is Colin Davey. He’s the author of a new book titled The American Museum of Natural History and How It Got That Way.

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50 years ago, throngs of music lovers descended upon the small town of Bethel in New York’s Catskill Mountains. An estimated 500,000 people drove, hitchhiked and walked to get to the Woodstock Music Festival. It was billed as a three-day festival, but spilled into a fourth day -- from August 15th to the 18th. Dairy Farmer Max Yasgur agreed to host the event on his land after the town of Wallkill, New York backed out of holding the festival. But, unlike most music festivals today, with tight security and ticket scanners, the idea of accepting tickets was abandoned as the crowd grew ever larger. So the festival was essentially free for anyone who just showed up.

By 1969, the country was well into the Vietnam War. With a lot of young people fed up with the political climate, Woodstock served as a respite -- a weekend of “Peace and Music,” which was the slogan used to promote the festival.

And music was a central part of Woodstock. The lineup featured top artists of the day -- Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Jefferson Airplane to name a few.

But, rain, mud and a lack of food plagued the festival. Still that didn’t discourage concertgoers. What it did was create a lifetime of memories.

The legacy of Woodstock means something different to everyone. In Back to the Garden: Remembering Woodstock, people who were there 50 years ago reflect on some of the most iconic performances in music history, and share some of the most memorable experiences of their lives.

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