New York


Mon October 27, 2014
Book News & Features

75 Years Of 'Colossal Poets' And Live Literature At NYC's 92nd Street Y

Originally published on Tue October 28, 2014 10:58 am

W.H. Auden at the 92nd Street Y Poetry Center in 1966.
Diane Dorr-Dorynek Courtesy of the 92nd Street Y


Mon October 27, 2014
Shots - Health News

New York's Disease Detectives Hit The Street In Search Of Ebola

Originally published on Mon October 27, 2014 4:25 pm

A woman on the L train in New York City last week covers her face, fearful because a doctor with Ebola rode the train days earlier. Epidemiologists say people on the subway were not at risk.
Stephen Nessen WNYC

A little-seen force has fanned out across New York City intent on stopping the spread of Ebola virus – disease detectives go looking for contacts who might be infected.

"They're just really good at finding people," says Denis Nash. He worked for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York City Health Department, tracing the spread of HIV and West Nile virus. He says these trained applied epidemiologists are experts at finding almost anybody, with only a vague description.

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Fri October 17, 2014
Arts & Life

Twenty Years Later, 'Klinghoffer' Still Draws Protests

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 4:26 pm

Several hundred protesters picket the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera season at Lincoln Center, Sept. 22, 2014. "You will be made to destroy that set," Jeffrey Wiesenfeld said.
John Moore Getty Images

The Metropolitan Opera in New York is bracing for one of the more controversial productions in its history. Since its first performance more than 20 years ago, some critics have charged that composer John Adams' The Death of Klinghoffer is anti-Israel, and even anti-Semitic. But the opera's supporters dispute that. They argue that Klinghoffer is a dramatic masterpiece that deserves to make its Met debut on Monday.

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Fri October 17, 2014

For Father-And-Son Locksmiths, The Key Is Hard Work

Originally published on Fri October 17, 2014 6:53 am

When Phil Mortillaro dropped out of school in eighth grade, he started work as a locksmith. Now he and his son, Philip Jr., run their own shop in Manhattan.

Phil Mortillaro and his son, Philip Jr., run Greenwich Locksmiths in Manhattan. The elder Mortillaro has been practicing the trade since he dropped out of school after eighth grade.

"I was one of those kids who would show up when school first started," Phil tells his son on a visit to StoryCorps in New York. "Then they would see me again around Christmastime. And then they would see me in June to tell me that I had to do the grade over again. So dropping out of school was — it was inevitable."

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Wed October 15, 2014

'Culture Of Violence' Pervades Rikers' Juvenile Facilities

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 2:19 pm

An inmate at Rikers Island juvenile detention facility carries a plastic fork behind his back as he walks with other inmates. A recent report found that juvenile detainees are subjected to routine violence, both by other inmates and by correction officers.
Julie Jacobson AP

For most of New York, Rikers Island is out of sight and out of mind. It's in the middle of the East River between Queens and the Bronx. There's only one unmarked bridge that leads on and off. But a recent report on violence by correction officers, or COs, was no surprise to those who've spent time there.

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