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Grading New York City’s Schools

Grading New York City’s Schools

Isn’t receiving a grade of an F bad thing? In 2006 New York City–the largest school district in the United States–adopted a progress report system grading city schools from A to F. This program remains controversial. Hear opinions from Marcus Winters, Senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute; Jonah Rockoff, Faculty Research Fellow at the National […]

Posted: Nov 11th, 2008
Housing New Yorkers in the 21st-Century

Housing New Yorkers in the 21st-Century

Urban visionary and activist Jane Jacobs wrote that a strong sense of community is critical in creating dynamic and diverse neighborhoods. But today, it is increasingly difficult for New Yorkers of low and moderate income to live here. In the midst of these precarious economic times, how can planners, architects, city officials, and developers work […]

Posted: Nov 5th, 2008
Salvaging the Wreckage:  What’s Next for New York?

Salvaging the Wreckage: What’s Next for New York?

Some might argue that the global financial crisis started in New York. But whether the heart of the problem is on Main Street or on Wall Street, it is clear that the heart of the New York economy, the financial industry, has changed forever. Zanny Minton Beddoes, The Economist’s global economics editor, hosts a conversation […]

Posted: Oct 30th, 2008
Sidney Lumet in Conversation with Neal Gabler

Sidney Lumet in Conversation with Neal Gabler

Sidney Lumet is a master of cinema and was awarded the Oscar for lifetime achievement in 2005. Long Day’s Journey into Night, Serpico, Network, Dog Day Afternoon, and The Pawn Broker are just a handful of films on his resume. Dog Day Afternoon (1975), a complex masterpiece about a bungled bank robbery in New York […]

Posted: Oct 22nd, 2008
Solutions for Preserving New York’s Neighborhood Businesses

Solutions for Preserving New York’s Neighborhood Businesses

The proliferation of chain stores and bank branches is an increasing threat to the character of diverse neighborhoods throughout New York City. By highlighting successful innovations that have been adopted in other cities and exploring the distinct pressures faced by business owners, this program aims to provide local merchants, community members, and municipal representatives with […]

Posted: Oct 6th, 2008
M.F.K. Fisher: Poet of the Appetites

M.F.K. Fisher: Poet of the Appetites

Mary Frances Kennedy Fisher, master food writer, worked with many American food celebrities, including Julia Child, James Beard, and Alice Waters. In the year of the centennial of her birth, a panel of distinguished guests celebrate her life. Panelists include Amanda Hesser, editor, New York Times and author of the foreword to M.F.K. Fisher Among […]

Posted: Sep 22nd, 2008
Branding Democracy: Barack Obama and the American Void

Branding Democracy: Barack Obama and the American Void

Simon Critchley examines Obama’s subjectivity, the existential detachment that seems to haunt him, and its relation to democracy. When democracy is promoted as a brand, it can be seen to generate many desires, such as participation, freedom of expression, a sense of belonging, and the promise of individual success—all embodied in the notion of “liberty.” […]

Posted: Sep 18th, 2008
Coney Island at the Crossroads

Coney Island at the Crossroads

The City of New York’s Comprehensive Development and Rezoning Plan for Coney Island would reduce to 9 acres from 15 a city-owned open-air amusement park north of the Boardwalk between KeySpan Park and the New York Aquarium. It would transform the area into a year-round entertainment district, with abundant retail and as many as 5,000 […]

Posted: Sep 17th, 2008
The Bungalows of Rockaway

The Bungalows of Rockaway

Upcoming documentary The Bungalows of Rockaway, delves into the rich history of the bungalows on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens, NY, over the past 100 years. Co-producers Jennifer Callahan and Elizabeth Logan Harris discuss their upcoming documentary, along with Richard George of the Beachside Bungalow Preservation Association; preservationist Caroline C. Pasion, and; moderator Eve M. […]

Posted: Sep 9th, 2008
The Rockefeller Foundation Jane Jacobs Medal 2008 Awards Ceremony

The Rockefeller Foundation Jane Jacobs Medal 2008 Awards Ceremony

Pioneering urbanist Jane Jacobs’ research led to the 1961 publication of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, now considered a seminal work in the field of urban planning. The book was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, which established the Jane Jacobs Medal in 2007. The 2008 Jane Jacobs Medal winners—Peggy Shepard and Alexie […]

Posted: Sep 8th, 2008
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