For anyone who has never experienced bias or prejudice, it might be hard to understand the true meaning of stigma.

On this week’s Cityscape, we get an inside view of what it's like to live on the other side of stigma, and hear about efforts to break stereotypes about physical and mental differences.

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In a city like New York, pizza is not hard to come by. But, over the past decade, two cousins have been making a big name for themselves in the competitive pizza scene here. Francis Garcia and Sal Basille are pretty much building a pizza empire one slice at a time.

The cousins left the family business on Staten Island to open their own pizza shop in Manhattan in 2008.

Since establishing Artichoke Basille Pizza in a tiny space in the East Village, Garcia and Basille have opened 13 other eateries and they continue to expand.

Garcia and Basille literally grew up in the restaurant industry, from their great grandparents down, family members have owned everything from sandwich shops to bakeries to restaurants and pizzerias.

The charismatic cousins have not only kept that traditional alive, they’ve taken it several steps further. They’re now franchising. And they’ve even starred in TV shows – one appropriately called Pizza Cuz.

We recently caught up with Garcia and Basille at Artichoke Pizza on 10th Avenue in Manhattan. We shared a slice and then slipped next door to their specialty coffee shop, Frankie Portugal, where we sat down for a chat.

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For a lot of people the holidays are the most magical time of the year, and one could argue that there’s no other place more magical than New York City during this time.

From the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree to the elaborate window displays at stores like Macy’s and Saks Fifth Avenue, the city is bursting with holiday spirit.

Photographer Betsy Pinover Schiff captures the distinctive and unexpected ways Christmastime is celebrated in the city in her new book 'Tis the Season New York.

Betsy spent the six weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve photographing all five boroughs. Her book includes over 160 pages of photographs taken mostly at night. Some of the locations are extremely recognizable, while others are a little less traveled by. This week, we sit down with Betsy to hear all about her project.

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When it comes to comedy in New York City, Gotham Comedy Club is about as elite for comedians as Lincoln Center is for ballet dancers. But not everyone that gets to grace Gotham’s stage is a celebrity, or even old enough to vote.

On this week's Cityscape, we're checking out Kids ‘N Comedy, a program that teaches young people how to write and perform stand-up comedy.

The classes are held at Gotham Comedy Club, and participants go on to perform sketches there before a live audience.

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In today’s world where we can access our offices and apartments by simply typing a code into a keypad or swiping or tapping a card, a keychain full of keys is quickly becoming a relic of a bygone era. But, in New York’s Greenwich Village, one key-related establishment is still going strong. On this week’s Cityscape, locks and keys, including a visit to Greenwich Locksmiths and a chat with the curator of the Lock Museum of America.

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In times of trouble or uncertainty, a lot of us turn to outside support for help -- a psychologist, a pastor, or maybe even a psychic. But what happens when a fortune teller costs you a fortune? Our latest episode explores that question.

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In a digital era where you can quickly google search pretty much any recipe, the idea of flipping through a cookbook for inspiration in the kitchen may feel antiquated. But, for Bonnie Slotnik and many others, cookbooks are far from obsolete and offer much more than just recipes. Slotnik owns a vintage cookbook shop in the East Village of New York City. She moved to 28 East Second Street after being priced out.

When you walk into Bonnie’s shop, it’s like stepping back in time to an internet-free world. Her store is filled to the brim with vintage cookbooks from around the globe. We recently sat down with Bonnie to talk about her history and love of cookbooks.

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Inclusivity and understanding are the pathways to accepting and getting to know the people around us. This fall, WFUV's Strike A Chord Campaign is focusing its attention on autism acceptance.

Listen to this special panel discussion produced in conjunction with BronxNet Television featuring:

  • Amanda Friedman, the founder and executive director of the Atlas Foundation for Autism. The organization is dedicated to improving educational opportunities for autistic individuals through after-school, therapeutic, and other scholastic programs.
  • Michele Sanchez-Stierheim, the founder and executive director of Spectrum Warriors, Inc. Spectrum Warriors helps families with autistic members who feel isolated to become a part of their community again.
  • Florencio Flores Palomo, the founder and executive director of REACH Swim Academy. REACH offers swim lessons to autistic kids, giving them a safe space to socialize in small groups and get some exercise.
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New York City can be a photographer's paradise. There's no shortage of people or places to capture in a photo, from the Flatiron Building to straphangers waiting on the platform for the A train. On this week's Cityscape, we're talking with two New York City-based photographers who capture their own unique perspectives of the Big Apple. Larry Racioppo is out with a new book called Brooklyn Before: Photographs, 1971-1983 and Herb Bardavid focuses on the city's elderly population in his project "Getting Old and Getting Out in New York City."

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It’s been called the "miracle of World War II." This month marks the 75th anniversary of the rescue of more than 7,000 Danish Jews from holocaust. It was a heroic example of neighbors helping neighbors.

The scholarship fund, Thanks to Scandinavia, recognizes the ordinary people who performed extraordinary acts in Scandinavia and Bulgaria during World War II to save the lives of their Jewish neighbors.

Joining us this week to talk about this often untold story is Thanks to Scandinavia Executive Director Kelly Ramot and Denmark’s Consul General in New York, Ambassador Anne Dorte Riggelsen.

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What does the word, “laser” bring to mind? An iconic spy movie, perhaps? In actuality, lasers aren’t just this glamorized phenomenon we’ve seen in movies like Mission Impossible and Star Wars. In New York City you can get up close and personal with lasers with the help of a man known as “Dr. Laser.” 

Dr. Laser’s not going to fix your broken bones with powerful rays. What he is going to do is show you around the Holographic Studios, his laboratory for creating three dimensional images on East 26th Street in Manhattan.

Dr. Laser combines art and technology to produce captivating installations. He showed Cityscape around his studio, and introduced us to his life of holography.

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Restaurants come and go all the time in New York City. But Neary's, located in the Turtle Bay area of Manhattan, has stood the test of time. The classic Irish pub has been around for more than 50 years, and has served everyone from astronauts to presidents. 

On this week's Cityscape, Julia Seebode interviews Irish immigrant and restaurant owner, Jimmy Neary. Jimmy shares his American Dream story - one that began a long time ago in County Sligo, Ireland.

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Believe it or not, tattooing as we know it today has only been legal in New York City since 1997.

On this week's Cityscape, we're delving into the past and present of tattoo culture in New York City.

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When you look up the definition of masculinity, you get a short, simple definition -- “possession of the qualities traditionally associated with men.” But, what does that really mean? Author and journalist Thomas Page McBee works to answer that question in his new book Amateur- A True Story About What Makes a Man. The book follows McBee, a trans man, as he trains to fight in a charity boxing match at Madison Square Garden while struggling to untangle the relationship between masculinity and violence. Through his boxing training, McBee examines the weight of male violence, the pervasiveness of gender stereotypes, and the limitations of conventional manhood. McBee is our guest on this week’s Cityscape.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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