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May 14, 2016 at 5:58 am

The Bronx is on fire, but probably not the way you’d think. A new report from the Real Estate Board of New York shows that the city’s often forgotten outer boroughs, The Bronx and Staten Island, are hot with buyers. Over the last twelve months, these boroughs have seen a 35% surge in home sales; the largest gains in the metropolitan area so far this year. Reporter Ivan Pereira of amNew York has an inside look at what’s behind this outer borough housing boom. Then, Ally Hilfiger’s childhood was not easy despite being the daughter of renowned fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger. Her arduous health ordeal began at the age of seven when she was bitten by a tick. Her test was inconclusive, and for years she dealt with unbearable pain and misdiagnoses, from rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, to fibromyalgia and a developed marijuana habit that ultimately led to her being committed to a psychiatric hospital. In her new book Bite Me: How Lyme Disease Stole My Childhood, Made me Crazy, and Almost Killed Me, Hilfiger opens up about her personal battle with Lyme disease, and shares how she hopes to help others. Finally, In 1981, six gay men and their supporters gathered in playwright, author and LGBT rights activist Larry Kramer’s living room to address what was being called “gay cancer” at the time: AIDS. That meeting would provide the foundation for the first HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy organization now known as Gay Men’s Health Crisis. Anthony Hayes, the organization’s vice president of public affairs and policy, joins us to celebrate their 35th anniversary and to discuss their annual AIDS walk happening this Sunday May 15th in Central Park.

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May 13, 2016 at 6:28 pm

The Bronx is on fire, but probably not the way you’d think. A new report from the Real Estate Board of New York shows that the city’s often forgotten outer boroughs, The Bronx and Staten Island, are hot with buyers. Over the last twelve months, these boroughs have seen a 35% surge in home sales; the largest gains in the metropolitan area so far this year. Reporter Ivan Pereira of amNew York has an inside look at what’s behind this outer borough housing boom.

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May 06, 2016 at 6:27 pm

Love horse racing? Live in New York? Want to place a bet? You can’t! Not anymore. Tomorrow is the Kentucky Derby, but as some prepare to bet on those competing on the track, we’ll look back on New York in the 1970’s when the city was the only place outside of Nevada to legalize off-track betting. During that time, OTB parlors generated millions of dollars in bets each year, before it was wiped out in 2010. Filmmaker Joseph Fusco covers the rise and fall of this notorious chapter in his new documentary “Finish Line: The Rise and Demise of Off Track Betting.”

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May 06, 2016 at 6:26 pm

You’ve probably heard of “The Three Tenors” and the “Three Musketeers,” but what about the “Three Doctors?” As part of our ongoing initiative “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America,” MetroFocus contributor Mike Schneider talks to Dr. Sampson Davis about how a pact between him and his friends when they were teenagers helped him survive the mean streets of Newark and achieve his dream of being a doctor.

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May 03, 2016 at 5:42 am

Lately there has been plenty of finger-pointing among Republicans over what led to the rise of Donald Trump and his status as GOP front runner. Steven Rattner, a contributing opinion writer for The New York Times and a former treasury advisor to President Obama, believes he knows the real reason for the billionaire businessman’s ascension and joins us tonight to share his take. Hint: Republicans should take a long, hard look at themselves. A year ago, Carmelyn Malalis took over as Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Within weeks of being in office, Malalis vowed to enforce the city’s human rights laws and revitalize the agency. Now, we speak with her to see what has been accomplished and what still needs to be done for undocumented immigrants who find themselves at the mercy of the law and discrimination. Every year, on the first Monday in May, New York City hosts its most fashionable and star-studded party, held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Not many score a ticket to the affair, organized by Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, and even less get to see what goes into planning the event. Now, in a new documentary, The First Monday in May, filmmaker Andrew Rossi gives us an inside look into last year’s exclusive Met Gala. He joins us to discuss the documentary and the extravagant “A-list” metropolitan event. Then finally, is the Bronx heading towards a renaissance? An article in the American Prospect is calling attention to new businesses and investments that are injecting the northern-most borough with greater life. Bronx Council Member Ritchie Torres and executive editor of the American Prospect Harold Meyerson analyze this revival and consider whether or not these small changes are indicators of what’s to come.

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May 02, 2016 at 6:27 pm

A year ago, Carmelyn Malalis took over as Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Within weeks of being in office, Malalis vowed to enforce the city’s human rights laws and revitalize the agency. Now, we speak with her to see what has been accomplished and what still needs to be done for undocumented immigrants who find themselves at the mercy of the law and discrimination.

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May 02, 2016 at 6:26 pm

Every year, on the first Monday in May, New York City hosts its most fashionable and star-studded party, held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute. Not many score a ticket to the affair, organized by Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour, and even less get to see what goes into planning the event. Now, in a new documentary, The First Monday in May, filmmaker Andrew Rossi gives us an inside look into last year’s exclusive Met Gala. He joins us to discuss the documentary and the extravagant “A-list” metropolitan event.

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May 02, 2016 at 6:25 pm

Is the Bronx heading towards a renaissance? An article in the American Prospect is calling attention to new businesses and investments that are injecting the northern-most borough with greater life. Bronx Council Member Ritchie Torres and executive editor of the American Prospect Harold Meyerson analyze this revival and consider whether or not these small changes are indicators of what’s to come.

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April 29, 2016 at 5:49 am

Donald Trump is never one to back down from a fight, and now he has a new one involving his now defunct Trump University. The university has faced a number of lawsuits over the years, with the most recent being one from New York’s Attorney General alleging that it operated illegally, and defrauded it’s students. Trump has pointed to overwhelmingly positive reviews of the university by its former students, but in a recent exclusive investigation by the New York Times, some very different feedback emerged. Steve Eder, the New York Times reporter who broke the story, dives into what the investigation has uncovered so far. Students dealing with poverty, abuse and instability at home often have a harder time achieving academic success and going on to higher education. The non-profit Children’s Defense Fund-New York advocates for children’s rights to education, health, safety and equity. As part of our ongoing initiative “Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity and America,” we have a look at the organization’s Beat the Odds scholarship program, which recognizes a handful of students who have overcome tremendous obstacles. Next, under a new initiative, drug users could inject heroin while supervised by a nurse. Finally, performer Megan Hilty has made her mark on Manhattan. Best known for her role as Ivy Lynn on NBC’s musical drama “Smash,” Megan Hilty is also a seasoned Broadway actress, having starred in “Wicked” and “9 to 5 The Musical.” More recently, Hilty snagged a Drama League Award nomination for her portrayal of Brooke Ashton in the revival of the slapstick comedy “Noises Off.” Now, she shares with us what it’s like channeling big names like Dolly Parton, and she talks about her upcoming live performance at the New York staple, the Café Carlyle.

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