Full Episode May 1: Aging Infrastructure, Toms River Dunes, Adirondack P-TECH

Encore: May 01, 2014

This edition of MetroFocus looks at infrastructure from two very different perspectives. In New York City, an alarming new report by the Center for an Urban Future, aptly titled “Caution Ahead,” found that upgrading all of the city’s infrastructure to make it safe and operational would cost more than $47 billion.

Many of the city’s bridges, roads and water mains are more than half a century old. Something needs to be done, says Adam Forman, the author of the report and a research and communications associate for the Center for an Urban Future. “Forty-seven bridges are both fracture critical and structurally deficient… and these bridges specifically need to be maintained so that we don’t have a disaster.”

In Toms River, N.J., the infrastructure debate is about building beachfront dunes. NJTV’s Lauren Wanko reports one of the largest landholders in Toms River has finally agreed to allow the federal government to build dunes to protect oceanfront property from future storms. Toms River suffered major damage after Superstorm Sandy.  

What do you get when you keep kids in school and teach them skills that could help get them jobs in the new tech economy? Tomeka Weatherspoon of Mountain Lake PBS reports from Beekmantown, N.Y. on the Adirondack P-TECH program, a new education model in which schools partner with local businesses to create curriculums based on the needs of employers. Supporters are hoping it will help reduce youth unemployment and keep graduates in upstate New York.

Real estate and page-turning thriller may not seem like an obvious marriage, but author Adam Gittlin has managed to turn real estate into real suspense in his latest book, The Deal: About Face. Gittlin tells MetroFocus host Rafael Pi Roman about the new thriller and how he turned his career in Manhattan’s commercial real estate industry into best-selling fiction.   

And MetroFocus multimedia producer Marisa Wong re-introduces us to a third-generation noodle maker who is turning ramen noodles into a restaurant best-seller. Kenshiro Uki is the general manager of Sun Noodle New Jersey, a company that specializes in making Japanese artisan noodles for local shops and restaurants.

The company plans to expand its popular tasting kitchen, RamenLab, to New York City this spring. “We always say it’s kind of like this reverse import, because in Japan, it started with this artisan ramen and then Momofuku Ando invented instant ramen for people throughout the war,” Uki said. “In the U.S., we started with instant ramen and now we’re kind of doing this artisan, craft ramen.”

TRANSCRIPT

> FROM THE WORLDS LEADIN CENTER FOR FINANCE, ARTS PUBLISHING, SCIENCE, MEDIA INNOVATION AND MUCH MORE THIS IS METRO FOCUS.

TONIGHT THE AGING INFRASTRUCTURE

WHEN NOT CONSTANTLY MAINTAINED, IT DEGRADES.

ONE NEW JERSEY SHORE TOWN

THIS IS THE HAPPY CULL MA NATION OF A YEAR'S EFFORT.

STUDENTS IN UPSTATE NEW YOR GET A HEAD START ON BUSINESS

THEY'RE LEARNING JOB SKILLS WORK FORCE SKILLS.

AND THE LATEST FOOD CRAZE

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> HELLO I'M RAFAEL WELCOME TO METRO FOCUS WHAT DO NEW YORK CITY ROAD WATER MAIN AS, BRIDGES HAVE IN COMMON THEY'RE PART OF THE CITY'S AGING INFRASTRUCTURE A NEW YORK CITY BASED COMPAN FOUND ALL OF NEW YORK CITY INFRASTRUCTURES MADE SAFE AN OPERATIONAL WOULD COST $47 BILLION.

AMONG THE PROBLEMS, 1,000 MILE OF WATER MAINS ARE OVER 10 YEARS OLD.

11% OF THE CITY'S BRIDGES AR STRUCTURALLY DEFICIENT THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION LISTS MORE THAN 30% OF ROADS I FAIR OR POOR CONDITION THE REASON GAS MAIN EXPLOSION IN EAST HARLEM AND LOSS OF LIFE DREW ATTENTION TO ONE OF THESE ISSUES FROM AIRPORTS TO PUBLIC HOUSING TO SUBWAYS T COURTHOUSES, THERE'S AGING INFRASTRUCTURE ALL AROUND US JOINING ME NOW FOR AN IN-DEPTH LOOK IS ADAM FOREMAN, RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AT AND AUTHOR OF THE NAMED REPORT 'CAUTION AHEAD.

WELCOME.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

NOW YOUR REPORT PAINTS A GRIM PICTURE OF THE STATE OF OU INFRASTRUCTURE HOW DID IT GET SO BAD?

IT'S OLD LIKE MANY CITIES I THE UNITED STATES.

WE HAVE OLD INFRASTRUCTURE YOU MENTIONED WATER AND SEWE MAINS.

OVER 160 OF OUR SCHOOLS AN BRIDGES ARE OVER 60 YEARS OLD.

WHEN NOT CONSTANTLY MAINTAINED IT SOMETIMES DEGRADES.

I THOUGHT MAYOR BLOOMBERG SPENT A LOT OF MONEY O INFRASTRUCTURE, MORE THAN HI PREDECESSORS IS THAT WRONG?

NO.

THAT'S ABSOLUTELY THE CASE MAYOR BLOOMBERG MADE A STRON COMMITMENT TO CITY INFRASTRUCTURE A LOT WAS TOWARDS NEW PRODUCTS NOT ALWAYS REHABILITATIN INFRASTRUCTURE WE SAW STREETS, WATER MAINS IN THE CITY DEGRADE THAT NEEDS TO BE EXISTING ASSETS NOT JUST NEW INFRASTRUCTURE.

LET'S GET SPECIFIC.

GIVE US SPECIFIC ABOUT OUR BRIDGES.

ARE SOME IN NEAR COLLAPSE?

I WOULDN'T SAY NEAR COLLAPSE.

THERE ARE 46 BRIDGES FRACTUR CRITICAL THESE BRIDGES SPECIFICALLY NEE TO BE MAINTAIN SO THAT WE DON' HAVE A DISASTER.

WHAT ABOUT OUR ROADS AN SUBWAYS.

KIND OF THE THINGS THAT WE CIVILIANS TEND TO NOTICE MOST.

WHAT IS A BASIC PROBLEM WITH THEM

SUBWAYS IT'S WHAT EVERYON SEES EVERYDAY.

SUBWAY STATIONS AR DILAPIDATED.

MORE STAIRWAYS, ELEVATORS, EAS ACCESS TO SUBWAYS.

OVER 35% ARE PASSER USE FO LIFE THESE SIGNALS GOVERN MOVEMENT OF TRAINS IF WE HAD MORE, WE COULD MOR MORE PER HOUR AND THEY WOULDN' BE AS CROWDED.

WHICH ARE IN BAD SHAPE?

HOW BAD A SHAPE?

PUBLIC BUILDINGS ARE A REAL ISSUE.

THE NEW YORK CITY HOUSING HA $140 BILLION DEFICIT OVER WHAT NEEDS TO BE SPENT AND WHAT WIL BE SPENT WATER FILTRATION HAPPENS, HEAT AND COOLING DOESN'T STAY WE'RE PAYING TOO MUCH FOR AI CONDITIONING FOR BOILERS IF WE HAD UPDATE INFRASTRUCTURE, THAT WOULDN'T BE HAPPENING.

ARE PEOPLE'S LIVES AT RISK IN THESE BUILDINGS?

IT'S DIFFICULT TO SAY AFTER HURRICANE SANDY, PEOPL WERE PUT AT RISK THAT'S MORE LOCATION OF TH PUBLIC HOUSING RATHER THAN THE INFRASTRUCTURE

GOING BACK, I COULDN' BELIEVE THIS, SOME ARE SO OL THE CITY DIDN'T KNOW WHERE THE ARE.

IS THAT THE CASE

THAT'S MANHATTAN, THEY DON'T KNOW WHERE THE WATER MAINS ARE.

I THINK DOING A SURVEY TO KNOW WHERE INFRASTRUCTURES ARE IS CRITICAL

YOUR REPORT SAYS WE NEED TO SPEND AT LEAST $47 BILLION T FIX THE INFRASTRUCTURE WHERE IS THAT MONEY GOING TO COME FROM?

IT'S AN ASTOUNDING NUMBER AND NOT GOING TO HAPPEN ALL AT ONCE.

WE NEED TO PRIORITIZ IMMEDIATELY AND DEVOTE MONEY T REHABILITATION A LOT IS NOT NEW INFRASTRUCTUR BUT ASSISTING.

THERE'S NEW INFRASTRUCTURES LIKE BRIDGES, NEW TOLLS, STONE WATE MANAGEMENT FEE IT'S REALLY CRITICAL THERE'S ALSO PAY AS YOU THRO TRASH COLLECTION OR PARKIN PERMITS.

THERE ARE A LOT OF AREAS W COULD BE TAXING IN ORDER T IMPROVE.

YOU ALSO ASKED THE FEDERA GOVERNMENT TO CHIP IN MONEY.

THAT GOING TO HAPPEN

THAT'S A DIFFICULT SALE WE NEED TO LOOK AT CITY AN STATE SOURCES.

THEY'RE NOT GOING TO BE KEE ON RAISING FEES OR TAXES UNLES THEY THINK VOTERS ARE WITH THEM.

WHAT'S YOUR SENSE?

ARE NEW YORKERS WILLING TO D WHAT'S FLES TO FIX OUR INFRASTRUCTURE

IN SOME CASES THEY HAVE N CHOICE CERTAINLY AFTER THE GA EXPLOSION, THAT RAISED A NEED.

LUCKILY THAT WAS ISOLATED.

DELAYS AND INCONVENIENCES HAPPEN EVERY DAY.

IT COMPROMISES OUR ECONOMI VITALITY INCLUDING NEW BUSINESSES AND NEW TALENT TO OUR CITY IT'S A GREAT SOURCE OF MIDDL INCOME JOBS.

A BILLION IN SEWERS CREATE UP TO 15,000 JOBS.

IT'S PART OF MAYOR DE BLASIO'S STRATEGY IF WE WANT TO INVEST IN MIDDLE CLASS, CREATE JOB, INVESTING I OUR INFRASTRUCTURE IS A GREA WAY TO DO.

SINCE WE NEED TO PRIORITIZE WHAT'S THE NUMBER ONE THING?

ROADS IS A CRITICAL ONE NOT ONLY ARE THEY IN BAD CONDITION AND DETERIORATING OVER THE LAST DECADE BUT WHEN ROADS ARE IN BAD CONDITION, THEY DON'T ABSORB THE VIBRATION OF CARS AND TRUCKS HURTING THE UTILITY LINES BELOW LEADING TO CRACKING.

DO YOU THINK THIS REPORT WILL SERVE AS A WAKE-UP CALL TO ALL OFFICIALS ABOUT WHAT A NEEDS T BE DONE?

THAT'S WHAT WE'RE HOPING FOR.

TO IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM BEFORE THINGS GET DONE.

HOPEFULLY THIS BROUGHT IT TO PEOPLE 'S RADARS AND WE'LL SEE DEFINITIVE ACTION.

THANK YOU SO MUCH

> FEW TOWNS IN THE NEW JERSE SHORE SUFFERED AS MUCH DAMAGE AS SUPER STORM SANDY AS TOM'S RIVER.

OFFICIALS HAVE BEEN STRUGGLING TO PERSUADE LAND OENERS TO ALLOW THE FEDERAL GO TO BUILD DUNES NOW THE LAST BIGHOLD OUT HAS HAD A CHANGE OF HEART.

WE HAVE THE STORY FROM TOM RIVER.

IT'S THE SIGNATURE TOMS RIVER MAYOR KELING GER HAS BEE WAITING FOR.

THE MAYOR'S ONGOING PUSH TOP GET THE OCEAN SIDE FINALLY THE EASEMENT IS SIGNED REQUIRED FOR THE PROJECT IT'S SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE McDONOUGH OWNS A LOT OF LAND HE OWNS THREE BEACH DEVELOPMENTS HERE'S IN TOMS RIVER 1,700 HOMEOWNERS LEASE FROM HIM.

I WAS CONCERNED WE WERE GOING TO TURN OVER TO GOVERNMENT, THEY WERE GOING TO BUILD THE DUNE AND THEY WERE GOING TO DISAPPEAR WHO WAS GOING TO TAKE CARE O OUR BEACHES?

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTIO BEGAN MEETING TO WORK OUT COMPROMISE McDONOUGH SAYS.

HE WANTED PROPERTIES TO CONTINUE CLEANING AND MAINTAINING THEIR OWN BEACHES.

THAT WAS SOMETHING WE WEREN'T GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO WITH THE PERMIT WE WERE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO THOSE THINGS

PEOPLE IN THE AREA WERE WATCHING WHAT HE DID

A LOT OF SMILES BETWEEN THE TWO, BUT THE RELATIONSHIP WASN'T ALWAYS WARM AND FUZZY.

THE MAYOR PUBLICLY CALLED HI OUT IN MAY FOR NOT SIGNING THE EASEMENT

I WAS DEDICATED I HAD PRESSURE ON ME TO GET THIS WORK DONE.

HE WAS ONE OF THE BIGGES PROPERTY OWNERS ON THE OCEAN FRONLT ETCH BAHS WITHIN TH BOUNDARIES OF TOMS RIVER McDONOUGH SAYS THERE ARE NO HARD FEELINGS

HE'S DOING HIS JOB WHAT H THOUGHT WAS RIGHT.

MANY ARE HAPPY WITH McDONOUGH'S DECISION

I THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA FO MOVEMENT IN THAT AREA.

IT'S A GOOD THING WE HAVE THE DUNES.

DUNES HAVE GOT TO BE BUILT.

IT'S A TIME BOMB WAITING T HAPPEN I'M GLAD HE FINALLY SIGNED IT.

I HOPE EVERYONE ELSE SIGNS

THE MAYOR HOPES THE REPLENISH WORK WILL BEGIN IN NOVEMBER.

> IN TODAY'S JOB MARKET, GRADUATES NEED EVERY ADVANTAGE THEY CAN GET WHY WAIT UNTIL SCHOOL IS OUT AN EXPERIMENTAL MODEL IS TESTE IN UPSTATE NEW YORK.

SUPPORTERS HOPE IT WILL HELP UNEMPLOYMENT AND KEEP GRADUATE IN THE AREA.

IN THE PROGRAM, SCHOOLS AR WORKING CLOSELY WITH BUSINESSE TO CREATE CURRICULARS BASED ON NEEDS OF EMPLOYERS WE REPORT NOW FROM NEW YORK.

I NEED TO TALK TO YOU LISTEN UP.

HOW ARE YOU MAKING PROGRESS ON YOUR DESIGN?

THIS LOOKS LIKE ANY TYPICAL HIGH SCHOOL CLASS.

REALLY IT'S AN EXAMPLE OF WORK SIMULATED PROJECT-BASE LEARNING

STUDENTS USE WHAT IS NORMALLY LIGHTING FIXTURE CRYSTALS TO CREATE WIND CHIMES FROM THEM

THIS IS ALMOST COMPLETED.

THEY'RE IN THE FINAL STAGES OF DESIGN PROCESS

THIS TYPE OF BUSINESS MIXED EDUCATION MODEL IS TESTED TO MEET THE DEMAND OF A TOUGH JOB MARKET THIS IS THE IDEA OF GIVING STUDENTS A SAMPLING OF REAL WORK FROM A LOCAL CRYSTAL MAKIN MANUFACTURE.

WE DO IT FROM THE MANUFACTURE BASE WHAT THEY'RE REALLY LEARNING ARE JUST JOB SKILLS, WORK FORC SKILLS, IDEA OF PROFESSIONALISM, BEING ON TIME, THOSE SKILL NEEDED NO MATTER WHAT TYPE O JOB YOU HOLD WHEN EMPLOYERS TALK ABOUT WHAT THEY NEED FROM OUR STUDENTS AS EMPLOYEES, THEY DON'T TALK ABOUT MORE MATH.

THEY DON'T TALK MORE FOREIGN LANGUAGE SKILLS.

WHAT THEY TALK ABOUT ARE SKILL THEY CAN'T TEACH ONCE YOU GE THERE.

WHEN THOSE COMPANIES HIR PEOPLE, THEY CAN TEACH THEM HO TO TO DO THEIR JOBS.

THEY CAN'T TEACH THEM TO BE GOOD EMPLOYEE.

50% OF STUDENTS HERE PLAN O GOING TO COLLEGE, MOSTLY SCHOOLS OUTSIDE THE NORTH COUNTRY.

THIS IS ONE OF A HANDFUL O PLACES LOOKING TO PREPARE TH OTHER HALF GOING DIRECTLY INTO THE WORK FORCE THIS EDUCATION SYSTEM SHIFTS FROM THE IDEA OF CREATING WELL EDUCATED YOUNG PEOPLE TO DEVELOPING AN EMPLOYABLE PRODUCT, SUCH IS THE GOAL FO THE HIGHLY EDUCATED PROGRAM.

WHERE WE'RE STANDING NOW, EACH DRAFTING TABLE WILL HAVE COMPUTER SCREEN FOR EACH STUDENT.

THIS HOLDS 24 KIDS TEMPERED GLASS WHERE KIDS DRAW DESIGNS, SOLVE MATH PROBLEMS THE END RESULT IS FOR OUR AREA BUSINESS PARTNERS TO GET A PRODUCT OF A STUDENT WHO I CAREER READY, COLLEGE READY, THAT WE KEEP KIDS IN THE NORTH COUNTRY.

IBM STARTED THE FIRST TECH SCHOOL IN BROOKLYN IN ITS THIR YEAR IBM PUT IN SEED MONE APPROXIMATELY $30 MILLION.

AND THE TYPICAL FOUR YEARS OF HIGH SCHOOL, THESE KIDS WILL B STARTING THE SIX YEAR TECH SCHOOL INSTITUTION EVENTUALL ENDING WITH AN ASSOCIATE'S DEGREE EACH WILL BE ASSIGNED A MENTOR FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES.

AFTER THE SECOND YEAR THEY'LL DECIDE WHICH DISCIPLIN THEY WANT TO BRANCH OFF INTO INDUSTRIAL MANUFACTURING ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES COMPUTER TECHNOLOGIES.

THE WAY THE PROGRAM I DESIGNED ALSO MEANS THAT KID HAVE TO MAKE BIG DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR FUTURE REGULAR HIGH SCHOOL OR APPLY T P TECH IT WASN'T A TOUGH CHOICE FOR THIS 14-YEAR-OLD APPLICANT

I WASN'T EXPECTING TO GO TO COLLEGE.

IF I DID IT WOULD BE A ONE T TWO YEAR THING I USED TO THINK SCHOOL WAS TIRED.

I WANTED TO GET MY DIPLOMA AND GO TO WORK WHEN THIS STARTED I THOUGH LET'S TRY IT

IT'S SOMETHING I NEVER GOT TO ACHIEVE IN MY LIFE, THIS KIND OF EDUCATION.

I AM NERVOUS

IT'S NEW AND EXPERIMENTAL P TECH IS ESSENTIALLY A HIGH SCHOOL WITHIN A HIGH SCHOOL.

THESE KIDS HAVE A LONGER SCHOO DAY AND SCHOOL YEAR THAN THEIR PEERS.

MANY HAVE APPLIED TO JOIN TH FIRST CLASS.

AROUND 30 GET IN

I HAVE 58 APPLICANTS.

EVERY STUDENT WHO APPLIES HA THE RIGHT TO SIT IN TH INTERVIEW WITH THE PANEL THEY'RE ASKED, WHY DO YOU WANT INVOLVED IN THE PROJECT?

GETTING THEM IN THE MIND SET SETS THE PACE FOR THEM WALKING IN SOME STUDENTS DON'T SE THEMSELVES READY FOR COLLEGE EVER IF THEY'RE SAYING NOW AT 13 AN 14 SAYING I'M READY FOR COLLEGE, IT HAS A HUGE IMPACT

SHE SAYS THIS IS THE PRIM AGE TO START ENGRAINING TH SKILLS OF EDUCATION AN ATTITUDE

SOMEONE 15 AND 16 ALREADY WORKING HAS THOSE HABITS I PLACE.

IF WE CAN SET THOSE IN MOTIO AND IMPACT THEIR EDUCATION A THE SAME TIME, IT'S A PERFEC FIT.

THERE'S A QUESTION OF WHETHER THIS MODEL ALLOWS FOR PROFIT BUSINESSES TOO BIG A HAND IN THE EDUCATION SYSTEM THERE'S ALSO A HOPE THE BUSINESS EDUCATION MIXED STRATEGY MEANS MORE OVERALL CAREER SUCCESS FO STUDENTS AND POTENTIALLY LON TERM FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR PROGRAMS LIKE P TECH

MOST BEST PAYING JOBS IN OU AREA ARE RELATED TO TECHNOLOGY P TECH IS GOING TO FILL A VOID OUR LOCAL SCHOOLS WEREN'T ABLE TO FILL BECAUSE OF THE FINANCIAL COST OF INVESTING IN SOME OF THESE ENGINEERING TYPE PROGRAMS.

IN NEW YORK, METRO FOCUS.

> WHEN YOU THINK OF PAGE TURNING THRILLER, DOES THE WORLD OF COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE COME TO MIND?

PROBABLY NOT THAT'S THE SETTING THIS AUTHOR HAS CHOSEN FOR HIS MYSTERY NOVELS I SPOKE TO HIM ABOUT THE INDUSTRY AND HIS PET CHIHUAHUA

ADAM YOU STUDIED AT SYRACUSE.

NOW YOU WRITE PAGE TURNING THRILLERS.

HOW DID YOU GET FROM THERE T HERE

WOW YEAH, KIND OF A JOURNEY AFTE BUSINESS SCHOOL.

I ALWAYS FIGURED I'D BE IN THE COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE WORLD I WASN'T SURE WHAT CAPACITY.

I STARTED WORKING AS A COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE BROKE AFTER SCHOOL THAT'S KIND OF WHERE HAVE AL THIS CAME FROM

YOUR NOVELS ARE ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS BUT MOSTLY ABOUT THE HIGH END COMMERCIAL REAL ESTAT BUSINESS HOW MUCH IS YOUR PERSONA EXPERIENCE

WELL, YOU KNOW CERTAINL UNDERSTANDING HOW THE BUSINESS WORKS.

IN TERMS OF CHARACTERS A LOT O THAT IS COMBINATIONS OF AL DIFFERENT PEEP

AS -- DIFFERENT PEOPLE.

AS IT TURNS OUT THE HIGH EN REAL ESTATE BUSINESS I FASCINATING.

WHY DO YOU THINK PEOPLE HAVEN' EXPLOIT HAD THE WORLD AS MUCH AS THEY EXPLOITED WALL STREET

I DON'T KNOW.

THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION THAT'S THE REASON I KIND OF TOOK TO IT.

YOU LOOK AT THE LEGAL STUFF, JOSEPH FENDER AND A LOT OF GUY THAT HAVE DONE GREAT STUFF I THE CORPORATE WORLD.

NOBODY USED THE COMMERCIAL REA ESTATE WORLD WHEN PEOPLE THINK REAL ESTATE, THEY'RE WITH MIND GOES T SOMEONE SHOWING THEM A APARTMENT OR HOME.

THEY THINK OF HOMEOWNER.

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE I PROBABLY THE BIGGEST BUSINESS OF ALL IN NEW YORK CITY

IS THAT YOUR TERRAIN IN THE SERIES

WE'RE GOING TO WORK THI SERIES OUT I THINK PEOPLE -- IT'S WHAT LOVE ABOUT THE SERIES.

YOU LOVE TO SEE HOW THE STOR DEVELOPS YOU GROW WITH THE CHARACTERS AS LONG AS WE'RE WRITING ABOUT JONAH AND HIS LIVE -

JONAH GRAY, THE PROTAGONIST IN THE NOVELS, LUXUR RESTAURANTS PLAY A BIG PART.

WHY?

YEAH.

I DON'T KNOW I THINK AS I TRAVEL, ONE OF TH THINGS ANY CITY I'M IN, I FIND THE RESTAURANTS ARE A SHOW CAS FOR THAT CITY, INTIMATE SETTING.

THERE'S SOMETHING INTERESTIN ABOUT HOW PEOPLE CAN BE CLOS TOGETHER WITH A LOT GOING ON AROUND THEM.

I DON'T KNOW IT SEEMS LIKE A SEXY KIND OF ATMOSPHERE FOR A LOT OF PERSONAL CONTACT.

WELL YOU KNOW, I LOVE THE WAY YOU WRITE ABOUT ORDINARY NEW YORK THE SUBWAYS, THE TRAFFIC, TH STREETS.

YOU GET IT RIGHT UNLIKE OTHE PEOPLE WHO WRITE ABOUT NEW YORK.

YOU MOSTLY DWELL ON THE RARE ATMOSPHERE OF THE CITY'S ONE PERCENT.

THESE ARE PEOPLE YOU DEAL WITH CLOSE UP ON A DAILY BASIS?

YES AND NO.

I THINK COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE IS ONE OF THE THINGS I LOV ABOUT USING IT FOR THESE NOVELS.

IT'S ALL OF IT YOU KNOW, YOU CERTAINLY RUN INTO THOSE TYPES.

WHEN YOU REALLY LOOK AT THAT KIND OF TOP UPPER CROSS, THAT' SOMETHING THAT'S INTERESTING T PEOPLE WHEN YOU GET A LITTLE GLIMPSE OF IT, IT'S SOMETHING PEOPLE FIND FASCINATING.

A LOT OF PEOPLE WON'T SEE THAT KIND OF THING.

YOU GIVE THEM A WINDOW

PROTAGONIST IS A NOVEL OF JONAH GRAY HE'S SOUGHT BY GOVERNMENTS AND CRIMINALS ALIKE.

WHEREVER HE RUN, HE TAKES HI PET CHIHUAHUA WITH HIM WHAT'S THAT ABOUT?

I DO HAVE A LONG HAIRED CHIHUAHUA WHO'S NAME IS THEO ACTUALLY WE WENT WITH NEO HE'S PART OF FAMILY.

ANYONE WATCHING KNOWS HIS DOG IS PART OF THE FAMILY WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FIRST BOOK, IN THE ORIGINAL DEAL AS WE INTRODUCED JONAH TO THE WORLD, ULTIMATELY WHAT WAS INTERESTIN AND A LOT OF PEOPLE TELL ME AL THE TIME HE BECAME THE CHARACTER THAT PEOPLE FOUND THEMSELVES ROOTING FOR.

THEY DIDN'T KNOW RIGHT OFF THE BAT HOW THAT WAS GOING TO HAPPEN I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS NE DID WAS HUMANIZE THIS GUY.

VALUES WERE AN ISSUE OFF THE BAT.

SOMETHING ABOUT HIM, WHEN YO COULD GET THE GLIMPSE OF THI GUY AT THE CORE, THERE WAS SOMETHING IN THERE IT WAS THIS AFFECTION HE HAD FOR THE DOG.

IT WAS ONE OF THE EARLIEST WAY WE COULD HUMANIZE HIM IN THE FIRST BOOK

I'VE HEARD HOLLYWOOD IS I THE PROCESS OF MAKING YOUR FIRST DEAL NOVEL A FILM.

IS THAT RIGHT?

YEAH.

IT WAS OPTIONED BY AMBER ENTERTAINMENT WHO HAS THE RIGHTS WITH MY PUBLISHER IN TERMS O THEIR CATALOG.

YEAH AT FIRST THEY WERE TALKING ABOUT A BASIS FOR A TV SERIES.

THEY REWORKED IT INTO -- THE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A FEATURED FILM UP UNTIL THIS SUMMER, THEY SPENT THE LAST YEAR.

GREAT WRITERS DID THE ADAPTATION TO THE SCREEN PLAY I HELPED THEM ALONG WITH

THAT'S YOUR ROLE, CONSULTANT?

EXACTLY RIGHT NOW THEY WRITE A FANTASTIC SCRIPT DIFFERENT DIRECTORS ARE LOOKIN HOW IT WILL FALL

ANYTHING YOU'D LIKE POTENTIAL READERS TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR BOO SERIES

YEAH.

I THINK IT'S GREAT OBVIOUSLY I WROTE IT SO I' GOING TO SAY THAT IT'S A GREAT STORY FO SOMEONE THAT LIKES THE FINANCIAL STUFF, LEGAL STUFF, BIG INDUSTRY TYPES OF STORIES LIKE THE OTHER CRAZINESS I THROWN IN.

EGO, FAMILY, MONEY, REVENGE, LUST EVERYTHING THAT PUTS PEOPLE IN THE DREAM.

THEY LIKE THAT KIND OF A BOOK.

I THINK THIS IS RIGHT UP THEIR ALLEY.

OKAY.

ADAM, WELL THE BOOK, MOS RECENT, THE DEAL ABOUT FAITH THANKS

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

> IN A PLACE AS DIVERSE AS NEW YORK, GOOD FOOD OFTEN BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER AND CROSSE DIVIDES.

IN THIS CASE, WE'RE GOING TO CROSS THE OCEAN AND HUDSON RIVER TO FIND OUT HOW THE THIR GENERATION NOODLE MAKER IS TURNING RAYMON INTO A BEST SELLER

THERE'S A NEW BREED O RESTAURANT WORKING ITS WAY T THE HEARTS AND BELLIES OF NE YORK FOODIES IF RAMON RINGS A BELL, MANY WERE SOLD HERE WORLDWIDE IN 2012.

THESE AREN'T RAMEN NOODLES THESE INCLUDE STEAMING BOWLS O BROTH, FRESH TOPPING AND PERFECTLY CHEWY NOODLES.

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO CHANG APPETITES AND REBRAND A DORM ROOM CLASSIC

IF YOU ASKED ME TWO YEARS AGO WHAT WE'RE DOING IS REALLY AMAZING, I WOULD PROBABLY SA NO IT'S JUST WHAT WE DO

HE'S A THIRD GENERATION O THE RESTAURANT HE CUSTOMIZES NOODLES FOR MANY SHOPS ON THE EAST COAST PLAYIN A BIG PART THIS IS THE BRAIN CHILD OF HIS FATHER WHO BROUGHT HIS FATHER' NOODLE BUSINESS FROM JAPAN T HAWAII IN 1981 AND LOS ANGELES IN 2004.

WHEN HE SAW THE GROWIN POPULARITY IN RAMEN IN NEW YORK, HE OPENED THE STORE BRINGING THE MENTALITY TO THE EAST COAST IN 2012 TOGETHER WITH CHEF, ONCE THE NUMBER ONE RAMEN CHEF IN JAPAN HE INVENTED THIS

PEOPLE JUST EATING.

IT'S GOOD OR BAD THAT'S VERY SAD TO ME BECAUS THIS RAMEN INCLUDES A LOT OF TECHNIQUE AND POSTURING AND SOME KIND OF HOPING LIKE MOTHER MAKES FOR THEIR CHILDREN SO THIS IS KIND OF MY CHILD.

YOU SIT FOR AN HOUR YOU CAN ENJOY FIVE TASTINGS OF DIFFERENT REGION OF RAMEN.

THERE'S A THIN NOODLE, A THICK NOODLE THERE'S A SKEM EN.

THERE'S DIFFERENT TYPES OF RAMEN IN ONE SOOTING

BEHIND THE SCENE, MEASUREMENTS ARE TOP SECRET AN MACHINES ARE CUSTOM MADE YOU MIGHT CALL THIS A WILL WONKA OF NEEDLES WITH A SMAL ARMY

WE MAKE 30,000 SERVINGS O NOODLES.

WE CALL THEM NOODLE ARTISANS THEY'LL HAND BLEND EACH NOODLE

FLOUR IS MIXED WITH WATER ROLLED INTO SPECIALLY SIZE DOUGH BALLS AND GENTLY PRESSED OVER AND OVER AND OVER THEN IT'S CUT, SLUNG AND PACKAGED

IT'S LIKE A IMPORT.

IN JAPAN, IT STARTED WITH RAME THEN IT WAS INVENTED INSTANT RAMEN FOR PEOPLE IN THE U.S. WE STARTED WIT INSTANT RAMEN AND NOW DOING THIS ARTISAN CRAFT RAMEN.

NEW YORK MAY NOT BE THE RAMEN CAPITAL OF THE U.S., THAT TITL GOES TO LA IT'S ONE OF THE TOP GROWIN MARKETS IN THE COUNTRY PATRONS CAN ENJOY A REAL TASTE OF JAPAN VIA NEW JERSEY.

FROM METRO FOCUS, I'M MARISSA.

MAKE SURE TO KEEP AN EYE OU FOR A SUN NOODLE RAMEN NOODL LAB IN NEW YORK CITY THI SPRING THAT'S IT FOR METRO FOCUS.

JOIN US NEXT WEEK FOR NEWS CONVERSATIONS AND IN-DEPTH REPORTING FROM NEW YORK AND NE JERSEY PUBLIC TELEVISION THANKS FOR WATCHING.

WE'LL SEE YOU NEXT TIME.

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