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June 30, 2016 at 6:26 pm

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.

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June 25, 2016 at 5:30 am

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.

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June 24, 2016 at 6:29 pm

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.

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June 24, 2016 at 6:27 pm

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.

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June 23, 2016 at 6:35 pm

A simple walk down 8th Avenue would be more than enough proof that New York City deals with homelessness on a broad scale. Shelters overflow with men, women, and children on a daily basis, and it’s to the point where the city is relying on low-budget hotels to house the homeless along with regularly paying guests. WPIX-11’s Jay Dow and Mario Diaz started reporting on New York’s homelessness crisis more than one year ago, before the subject started making major headlines. This special Chasing the Dream: Poverty and Opportunity in America episode of MetroFocus goes into the new reality of homelessness across our region and takes takes us into the shelters that you might have stayed in during your last stay in the city.

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June 21, 2016 at 5:30 am

We’re kicking off this week by celebrating the LGBT community, as the city gears up in anticipation of the Pride Parade that is taking place this coming Sunday. But while this month is a celebration of the rights this community has obtained thus far, it is important to remember that there is still much to do. Michealangelo Signorile, radio talk show host and a leading voice for gay activism, is here to tell us why homophobia is still very much an issue that this community faces and what’s next in their fight. Next, last week in our nation’s capitol, both elected representatives and the media gathered to break bread at the 72nd Annual Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner. The night, normally intended for putting partisanship aside and enjoying each others company, usually involves a few laughs courtesy of a featured entertainer. But this year’s speaker, Daily Show Correspondent Hasan Minhaj, wasn’t there just for the comedy. We listen in to his sobering speech concerning gun control laws in the wake of the Orlando massacre. Finally, Pride Month all started on June 28th, 1969, when LGBT New Yorkers rioted following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the West Village that was a safe haven for those in the community. The raid, and subsequent riot, was the spark that ignited the modern gay rights movement, and is still celebrated each June. Decades later, the mass shooting at a gar night club in Orlando is a remind of how far the LGBT community still has to go in their quest for equality and to feel safe. The community will continue marching forward for this year’s Pride Month, with countless gatherings, rallies, fundraisers, parades, and parties planned. Having trouble deciding which celebrations to participate in and show your pride? Time Out New York editor Will Pulos is here to tell you about the top five blowouts that you don’t want to miss.

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June 20, 2016 at 6:28 pm

Pride Month all started on June 28th, 1969, when LGBT New Yorkers rioted following a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the West Village that was a safe haven for those in the community. The raid, and subsequent riot, was the spark that ignited the modern gay rights movement, and is still celebrated each June. Decades later, the mass shooting at a gar night club in Orlando is a remind of how far the LGBT community still has to go in their quest for equality and to feel safe. The community will continue marching forward for this year’s Pride Month, with countless gatherings, rallies, fundraisers, parades, and parties planned. Having trouble deciding which celebrations to participate in and show your pride? Time Out New York editor Will Pulos is here to tell you about the top five blowouts that you don’t want to miss.

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June 03, 2016 at 6:41 am

Tonight, New York City food pantries have been running dry and that’s on top of Mayor DeBlasio proposing further funding cuts in his preliminary fiscal budget. Now, the organization Food Bank For New York City is asking the mayor to up funding from $8.2 million to $22 million in order to support the emergency food assistance program. The Vice President for Research and Public Affairs for this organization, Triada Stampas, sits down with us to explain the strain budget cuts have put on the city’s food banks and pantries and how they are working with the Mayor and city council to rectify the issue. We’re also joined by 69-year-old Myriam Rias. She’s worked her entire life but is still dependent on these pantries to feed her family. She offers us her thoughts on the impact further cuts will have on her livelihood and health. Next, he made millions building and selling tech companies and now he’s a star investor, swimming with the sharks on ABC’s hit show Shark Tank. Robert Herjavec, in his new book You Don’t Have to Be A Shark: Creating Your Own Success, draws from his life experiences to share tips on how you too can strike it rich using the skills you didn’t know you had. Then finally, you may know her as Thelma Harper in the hit ’80’s sitcom Mama’s Family but she’s also an alum of The Carol Burnett Show. Tonight, Vicki Lawrence is here reminiscing about some classic moments from The Carol Burnett Show ahead of the upcoming PBS special Carol Burnett’s Favorite Sketches where comedy legend Carol Burnett walks us through the stories behind some of her favorite scenes.

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June 02, 2016 at 8:12 pm

New York City food pantries have been running dry and that’s on top of Mayor DeBlasio proposing further funding cuts in his preliminary fiscal budget. Now, the organization Food Bank For New York City is asking the mayor to up funding from $8.2 million to $22 million in order to support the emergency food assistance program. The Vice President for Research and Public Affairs for this organization, Triada Stampas, sits down with us to explain the strain budget cuts have put on the city’s food banks and pantries and how they are working with the Mayor and city council to rectify the issue. We’re also joined by 69-year-old Myriam Rias. She’s worked her entire life but is still dependent on these pantries to feed her family. She offers us her thoughts on the impact further cuts will have on her livelihood and health.

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