MetroFocus Full Episode: NYC Parks, Bridges, The Village, Sandy Art

July 10, 2013 4:39 PMvideo

This edition of MetroFocus features a report on a new plan to help struggling city parks connect big money to some of the smallest budgets. New York State Senator Daniel Squadron joins host Rafael Pi Roman to explain his proposed Neighborhood Parks Alliance.

NJ Today Managing Editor Mike Schneider talks to transportation expert Martin Robins, Director of the Alan Voorhees Transportation Center and Former Executive Director of NJ Transit, about a multi-billion dollar project to rebuild some of the region’s biggest bridges.

What makes Greenwich Village the Village? Author John Strausbaugh takes viewers through the history of The Village, which he has chronicled in his new book, The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, a History of Greenwich Village.

Meet upstate New York artist Gary Weisman. Binghamton station WSKG profiles Weisman at work in his studio and foundry where his bronze sculptures come to life.

And, NJ Today correspondent Lauren Wanko takes viewers down the shore to see art emerge from among the ruins of shattered boardwalks and homes after Superstorm Sandy.

Watch the individual MetroFocus segments below and stay up to date on MetroFocus news from the New York region on Twitter.

Are all parks equal? State Senator Daniel Squadron calls for an alliance to level the playing field across the city park system.
Martin Robins of the Alan Voorhees Transportation Center said the project is way overdue.
From the pre-WWI arts scene to the birth of the gay rights movement to the recent real estate boom, Greenwich Village has been an integral part of many moments in New York City's history.
As Jersey Shore towns get rid of storm-damaged debris to make way for the new boardwalks, artist Roddy Wildeman uses that debris to create art.


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