7/24: NYC Small Business Services, Marshall Project, Tammany Hall History, North Brother Island
On the next edition of MetroFocus, Maria Torres-Springer, commissioner of New York City’s Department of Small Business Services, talks to host Rafael Pi Roman about the city’s more than 200,000 small businesses, new programs for immigrant-owned businesses and recovery from Superstorm Sandy.
Bill Keller, formerly editor-in-chief of The New York Times, is now editor of The Marshall Project, a new nonprofit journalism initiative created to cover the U.S. criminal justice system. Keller joins guest host Jack Ford for a conversation about The Marshall Project and we see an excerpt from the PBS POV series documentary 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story, about juvenile justice and changes to sentencing laws.
In an interview with Pi Roman, historian, journalist and author Terry Golway examines the legacy of New York’s political organization Tammany Hall, the subject of his book Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics.
And a trip to an uninhabited island in the East River. In 2008, photographer Christopher Payne got permission from the New York City Parks Department to make repeated trips to North Brother Island which closed to visitors in 1963. Payne’s book of photographs, North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City documents the island’s return to nature.