Brooklyn is the largest of New York City’s boroughs, and it’s caught a lot of flack for being the freshly-gentrified home to New York City’s hipsters. But tonight in this special episode of MetroFocus, we’re only showing you the best of the borough from Coney Island to Bushwick.
No trip to Coney Island would be complete without a stop at Nathan’s Famous in Brooklyn, but do you know the history behind those iconic hot dogs? Author, filmmaker, and grandson of its founder, Lloyd Handwerker talks about his recent film and subsequent book titled Famous Nathan that chronicles the story of how his grandfather, Nathan Handwerker, started the family business and grew it into the American success story it is today.
Meryl Meisler first stepped off the subway at the intersection of Myrtle and Wyckoff Avenues in December of 1981. She was about to start a full-time job as a public school art teacher in the neighborhood that hadn’t recovered from the riots four years earlier. Instead of letting devastating scenery get her down, she started a photo project in which she took photos of the people and places that celebrated the spirit of Bushwick. For decades, she kept her photos to herself, but in 2007, she started showing them in galleries, eventually pairing these photos with pictures of the disco era snapshots she had from 1970’s disco clubs. She tells us about her book, A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick and we get a glimpse of the Brooklyn she saw in 1981.
From Coney Island to Williamsburg, Brooklyn’s varied and eclectic neighborhoods that have been home to names like Barbra Streisand, Jay-Z, and the Brooklyn Dodgers, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by which place to visit first. Luckily, Ellen Freudenheim is a veteran of the Brooklyn scene after living there for more than 30 years, and she’s written four comprehensive Brooklyn guides over 25 of those years. Now, she stops by to talk about the ultimate Brooklyn guide that covers the borough’s history, culture, and cutting edge in her new guide The Brooklyn Experience.
Some of New York’s top politicians – both past and present – have been making headlines for all the wrong reasons as of late. Tonight we’ll begin a new series called Corruption Watch, which takes you inside the most prominent public corruption cases from our area. Former federal prosecutor Jennifer Rodgers is the executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, and she joins us with her take on the ongoing investigations of Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration. Rodgers will also tell us what a U.S. Supreme Court decision could mean for former state lawmakers Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos, who were convicted of corruption in separate cases and sentenced to federal prison last month.
Then, a Frontline documentary, airing tonight at 10 p.m. on PBS, takes a look at one police department that has been asked to change their process of policing. The force in question is that of the one in Newark, New Jersey. A three-year probe found that 75% of stops by officers in that city had no legal justification. New Yorker writer, Jelani Cobb, had the chance to spend time with the force on the frontline and he joins us to discuss his provocative documentary which explores whether the police department in Newark is changing its ways amid violent crime that continues to plague their city.
Finally, it seems the world still cannot believe that its beloved ‘King of Pop,’ Michael Jackson, has been dead for just under seven years. Mystery still surrounds the final days of this international pop star’s life, and the events that led up to his demise. Host of The Tavis Smiley Show and author of Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, Tavis Smiley is a huge fan of MJ himself, and he joins us to discuss the final days of this legend’s life, and how he continues to impact his fans years later.
It seems the world still cannot believe that its beloved ‘King of Pop,’ Michael Jackson, has been dead for just under seven years. Mystery still surrounds the final days of this international pop star’s life, and the events that led up to his demise. Host of The Tavis Smiley Show and author of Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, Tavis Smiley is a huge fan of MJ himself, and he joins us to discuss the final days of this legend’s life, and how he continues to impact his fans years later.
Tonight, Newsday political editor Jack Sirica takes us inside some of the most contentious primary races in the state taking place tomorrow, and explores the impact of their outcomes for New York ahead of the November election. We also discuss the proposal by Councilman Joe Borelli for Staten Island to secede from New York City. Next, Author & Journalist Tavis Smiley joins us to address the biggest political issues facing America currently. The host of the Tavis Smiley Show on PBS discusses his Ending Poverty Initiative and his thoughts on how President Obama has handled the poverty crisis plaguing the nation. Smiley, who in the past has termed Donald Trump a ‘religious and racial arsonist’, also offers his perspective on the 2016 presidential election and how the Republican nominee has resonated with a large swath of voters across the country. Finally, Marilu Henner, best known for starring on the hit sitcom ‘Taxi,’ joins us with her husband Michael Brown to discuss how they beat Brown’s bladder and lung cancer. And get this: they did it without chemotherapy or radiation. Together, they tell the story in Henner’s new autobiography ‘Changing Normal: How I Helped My Husband Beat Cancer.’
Marilu Henner, best known for starring on the hit sitcom ‘Taxi,’ joins us with her husband Michael Brown to discuss how they beat Brown’s bladder and lung cancer. And get this: they did it without chemotherapy or radiation. Together, they tell the story in Henner’s new autobiography ‘Changing Normal: How I Helped My Husband Beat Cancer.’
Tonight, after events like the tragic attack in Orlando, security is often higher than normal, and in the days and weeks following what happened at Pulse nightclub, police departments, club venue owners, and event planners have been calling their level of safety into question. How does a venue hold a Pride event that celebrates and maintains the spirit of acceptance, freedom, and positivity, all while not compromising the protection of their revelers? Safety and security consultant Bill Stanton stops by to explain not only how law enforcement and private security can step up their surveillance, but also how the community can help protect Pride Week participants as they celebrate. Then, in the immediate aftermath of the Orlando attack, the faithful of the Catholic Church were among the millions who shared their prayers for the victims and their families. Still, Father James Martin, a member of the Jesuit order, took exception to the fact that of all the prayers and condolences offered by the church’s hierarchy, the phrase LGBT was in most cases absent. Father Martin shares why he thinks the omission reflects the invisibility of that community in the Catholic Church, and how the Church can be more inclusive of its LGBT members. Finally, First Person is back! The web series is purposed with the mission to light-heartedly tell the stories of LGBT community members through candid, personal narratives, and comedian Mike Kelton is set to host its second season. Little more than a week ago, First Person went live on Facebook to react to the recent shootings in Orlando. Now, Mike Kelton stops by to talk about the web show’s second season, what’s next, and how it will fit into current LGBT events.