January 04, 2017 at 5:32 am

Tonight, the Second Avenue Subway is up and running after decades in the making and around $4.5 billion spent. We’re going underground with amNY to learn what it means for straphangers.

Next, with just weeks until the inauguration of Donald Trump, FRONTLINE looks at the man who went from real estate mogul and reality show host to the presidency. Then,

racial bias in New York’s prison system. An investigation and it’s sobering findings from New York Times reporters Michael Winerip and Michael Schwirtz. Finally, filmmaker Sidney Lumet made magic on the silver screen. Tonight, we’ll take a look at the man behind the camera and a true American Master who brought us classics like 12 Angry Men and Dog Day Afternoon.

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December 15, 2016 at 5:05 am

Get paid to house your homeless friends and relatives for the holidays! We’ve got the details of New York’s “Home for the Holidays” program in an exclusive interview with Steven Banks, NYC Commissioner of Social Services.

Then, the Brooklyn-Queens Connection starts to gain steam! We’ve got the details of this ambitious $2.5 billion project, and four years ago today the worst mass school shooting in US history occurred: 20 children under the age of 7 were murdered along with 6 staffers in Newtown Connecticut. Can a community move forward after such horrific heartbreak?

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December 14, 2016 at 6:33 am

After the death of 2 children and other abuses while under the observation New York’s Children’s Services, the Commissioner, Gladys Carrion, has resigned. In a MetroFocus Exclusive, City Comptroller Scott Stringer calls for major reform – IMMEDIATELY!

Then, will New York’s immigrant-friendly ID cards lead to thousands of deportations? Bronx Councilman Richie Torres joins us to discuss, and do you hate entering the hell that is Penn Station or LaGuardia Airport? If so, help is on the way! We’ve got the details

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November 22, 2016 at 5:43 am

Tonight, the challenges of having a president-elect living in the heart of Manhattan are posing unprecedented problems for New York. News this weekend that future First Lady Melania Trump will stay in the city as Barron Trump finishes out the school year is only expected to further complicate plans to protect the incoming first family while also allowing New Yorkers to go about their daily lives. Former New York City traffic commissioner and leading transportation advocate Sam Schwartz, otherwise known as Gridlock Sam, tells us what the city can do to prevent “Trump-lock Armageddon.”

Next, President-Elect Donald Trump campaigned on repealing and replacing Obamacare, which he often called a catastrophe. But his recent interview on CBS 60 Minutes suggests he may have changed his mind about completely repealing the Affordable Care Act. Is the new posture merely a change in tone? And if he does still intend to at least radically reform Obamacare, how will the changes affect us here in New York? Paul Howard, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, explores what healthcare could look like under a Trump administration.

Finally, for more than 140 years, New York city’s 92nd Street Y has been a valuable center for the arts, culture and the community. They are now expanding their reach to connect people and communities around the world with their newly named Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact. We look at how the new addition is re-imagining the role of the community center in the digital world, allowing everyone to give back and transform lives.

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