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

April 25, 2014 at 12:48 pm

The next 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.”

MetroFocus airs:

WLIW:  Wednesday, 4/30 at 7:30pm

Thirteen:  Thursday, 5/1 at 8:30pm

NJTV: Thursday, 5/1 at 10:30pm