In this edition of MetroFocus we look at where we are four months after Sandy with reports from three regions. In New Jersey, NJ Today’s David Cruz reports from Hoboken on how that city is struggling to find ways to prevent flooding from future storms. In Manhattan, two students from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism return to the South Street Seaport where they first met the owners of the Paris Café right after the storm struck. Today Paris Café is still closed and many businesses are still boarded up. On Long Island, Jim Paymar, host of the Long Island Business Report, talks to Randi Dresner, President and CEO of Island Harvest, a food bank and charity that feeds hundreds of thousands more people after Sandy.
Rafael Pi Roman interviews Vin Cipolla, president of The Municipal Art Society, about plans to make major changes to Manhattan’s East Midtown area. The Center for an Urban Future’s David Giles, author of a year-long study called “Branches of Opportunity,” talks to Pi Roman about the city’s libraries and their new role providing services and programs to immigrants and low income communities.
Our “Listening in” segment features an excerpt from a talk called “Tackling Poverty,” sponsored by City Limits and the Institute for Children, Poverty & Homelessness. And finally The New York Times’ Samantha Stark introduces us to the happiest man in city government, James Mitchell, who marries as many as 200 couples a week at the Manhattan Marriage Bureau.
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