Every June, the New York Yankees reach out to shine a spotlight on five people, families, or organizations that are giving back to the community and impacting them in a positive way. This year, one of the honorees Alvin Irby has been recognized for starting a non-profit called Barbershop Books, which helps young boys connect and get excited about reading. We were invited to help tell that story and get in on the fun as a group of school children were surprised by several Yankee players at a Harlem Bookshop.
Every once in a while, a band comes together and redefines an entire genre of music that influences a generation. In the 50’s, there was the Four Seasons, in the 60’s there was the Beatles, and in the 70’s there was the Ramones, and they took punk to another level. The band took shape in Forest Hills, Queens, and their 1976 debut album titled simply “The Ramones” launched a career that spanned two decades. Although the four original Ramones from Forest Hills have since passed away, their music and their fans live on. Now, the Queens Museum is displaying their art and other memorabilia in an exhibit called “Hey! Ho! Let’s Go: The Ramones and the Birth of Punk.” We take you through the exhibit and talk about the illustrious career of these punk rockers.
Tonight, every weekday over 200,000 people use the “L” train to shuttle between Brooklyn and Manhattan, and now, talks of a shutdown could mean that all of them would need to find another way to get around. The reason? The tunnel linking the two boroughs has needed repairs since Superstorm Sandy flooded the city in 2012. And while another option is on the table, that plan would take twice as long as a full tunnel shutdown and drastically reduce service on one of the city’s busiest subway lines. Vincent Barone, a transportation reporter for amNewYork, is on top of this story and joins us tonight to break down both options and tell us what a shutdown could mean for the city.
Next, the Orlando massacre was a harrowing reminder of the legitimate safety fears that members of the LGBT community face every day. For LGBT youth, these alarming challenges of harassment, abuse, and bullying can be part of their daily lives as they go to school. Research shows that more than 81 percent of LGBT youth reported being harassed because of their sexual orientation. Now, New York City’s Department of Education has taken an important step in providing positive and supportive school environments for LGBT students. For the first time, the department is hiring an LGBT community liaison to facilitate making schools an inclusive space for these students and developing an LGBT curriculum for teachers. New York City Council Member Daniel Dromm spearheaded this initiative and he joins us tonight to talk about it.
Finally, Political commentator and #1 New York Times best-selling author Brad Thor has written over 16 books featuring Scot Haravath, a former navy seal turned espionage and counter-terrorism operative. In his latest installment to this thriller series, Foreign Agent, the story continues as Haravath goes on a journey to track down a dangerous terrorist. It’s certainly a story that bears relevance to current events, and Thor is with us today to talk about the Orlando terror attacks, his latest novel, and to speak on some controversial statements he made on the Glenn Beck Show
Political commentator and #1 New York Times best-selling author Brad Thor has written over 16 books featuring Scot Haravath, a former navy seal turned espionage and counter-terrorism operative. In his latest installment to this thriller series, Foreign Agent, the story continues as Haravath goes on a journey to track down a dangerous terrorist. It’s certainly a story that bears relevance to current events, and Thor is with us today to talk about the Orlando terror attacks, his latest novel, and to speak on some controversial statements he made on the Glenn Beck Show.
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.