Preview Nov. 14: Buildings for Billionaires, NYC Veterans, School Recycling and more

November 08, 2013 at 12:42 pm

The next edition of MetroFocus features The New York Times reporter Julie Creswell and her @nytvideo report, “Buildings for Billionaires.” Ride to the top of New York City’s residential skyscrapers and see why foreign investors are snapping up apartments in the sky that cost tens of millions of dollars each.

Host Rafael Pi Roman asks Creswell if these new buildings are symbols of the “tale of two cities,” the slogan Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio uses to describe the city’s growing gap between rich and poor. “The more that these buildings go up,” Creswell says, “some would argue, the less that you have for housing for middle class or even lower class people in New York City.”  

Brooklyn College professor Philip Napoli shares poignant stories of New York’s Vietnam veterans on this Veterans Day week. Napoli worked as a researcher for Tom Brokaw on the World War II oral history project, “The Greatest Generation.” Napoli began his Vietnam project in 2004 and his hundreds of hours of interviews became his latest book, “Bringing It All Back Home: An Oral History of New York City’s Vietnam Veterans.”

Thinking about cranberries for Thanksgiving dinner? NJTV NewsLauren Wanko will show you how family farmers in New Jersey help make the Garden State the nation’s third leading producer of the bog-grown berries.

In the upstate New York town of Tupper Lake, students made green the color of the season. Mountain Lake PBS reporter Tomeka Weatherspoon shows us how student-run recycling projects are cutting waste and cutting costs.

And meet Mohammed Fairouz, a 28-year-old New Yorker who has already composed four symphonies and an opera and had his music performed in Carnegie Hall.

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