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> TONIGHT ON 'METROFOCUS,' HOW WILL A TRUMP PRESIDENCY AFFECT THE REAL ESTATE MARKET IN OUR AREA?

ANALYSIS STRAIGHT AHEAD.

> A LOOK AT HOMELESSNESS ON LONG ISLAND.

HOW VULNERABLE IS YOUR HOUSE TO BREAK-INS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON?

AND FROM THE BIG SCREEN TO THE BROADWAY STAGE.

WE'LL TAKE YOU BEHIND THE SCENES OF 'HOLIDAY INN.'

ALL THAT AND MORE AS 'METROFOCUS' STARTS RIGHT NOW.

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THIS IS 'METROFOCUS,' WITH RAFAEL PI ROMAN, JACK FORD, AND JENNA FLANAGAN.

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> THE REAL ESTATE MARKET IN NEW YORK CITY HAS BEEN BOOMING FOR YEARS.

THAT'S BEEN VERY GOOD FOR A PRESIDENT-ELECT WHOSE FORTUNES HAVE DEPENDED ON THAT INDUSTRY.

FROM THE TRUMP TOWER ON 5th AVENUE TO TRUMP WORLD TOWER NEXT TO THE UNITED NATIONS, HIS SIGNATURE IS STAMPED ALL ACROSS OUR SKYLINE.

BUT HOW IS A TRUMP PRESIDENCY LIKELY TO AFFECT THE CITY'S PROFITABLE REAL ESTATE MARKET?

THAT'S A QUESTION THAT REPORTER AMY ZIMMER HAS BEEN LOOKING INTO AND SHE JOINS US NOW TO TELL US WHAT SHE'S FOUND.

WELCOME BACK TO THE SHOW.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

YOU'VE BEEN SPEAKING WITH SOME OF THE MOST PROMINENT PLAYERS IN REAL ESTATE HERE IN NEW YORK.

ARE THEY OPTIMISTIC, WORRIED, WAITING TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS?

THE GENERAL RULE, I WOULD SAY THAT REAL ESTATE BROKERS ARE OPTIMISTIC.

SO WHEN IS A GOOD TIME TO BUY?

NOW.

NOW IS THE TIME TO GET IN ON THE ACTION WHEN THE MARKET IS STRONG OR WEAK, NOW IS THE TIME TO GET A GOOD DEAL.

PEOPLE WILL SAY THINGS ARE FINE.

BUT THERE'S AN UNDERLYING CURRENT OF CONCERN, ESPECIALLY BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY.

WHEN THERE'S UNCERTAINTY, THERE'S A PAUSE IN THE MARKET.

AND THERE'S ALSO CONCERN ABOUT WHETHER THIS IS JUST THE NATURAL CYCLE OF BOOM-BUST, AND WE'RE ON THE DOWNWARD TREND.

ARE WE ALREADY?

PEOPLE ARE DEFINITELY CONCERNED ABOUT THAT.

PEOPLE SAY SEVEN TO NINE YEARS IS THE TYPICAL TIMELINE.

AND WE'VE BEEN MOVING FOR SEVEN YEARS.

EXACTLY.

SO THEY'RE WORIED ABOUT THAT, TRUMP ASIDE.

EXACTLY.

THE DAY AFTER TRUMP'S ELECTION, THE STOCK MARKET ROCKETED.

YOU'RE NOT SEEING ANYTHING LIKE THAT IN THE REAL ESTATE WORLD?

THE REAL ESTATE WORLD, APART FROM A TRUMP PRESIDENCY, IT'S WINTERTIME.

AND IN THE WINTERTIME, PEOPLE STAY INDOORS, THEY BUY HOLIDAY GIFTS, THEY DON'T REALLY GO OUT LOOKING FOR APARTMENTS.

SO THAT WOULD HAVE HAPPENED REGARDLESS.

I THINK THERE'S AN EXTRA LAYER OF WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN WITH REAL ESTATE INVESTORS AND, AGAIN, TAX BREAKS.

THAT'S A BIG QUESTION.

WHAT KIND OF LOOPHOLES WILL BE CUT IN TERMS OF TAXES AND, AGAIN, IT GOES BACK TO UNCERTAINTY --

LET'S TALK ABOUT THAT.

JUST RECENTLY, DONALD TRUMP'S DESIGNATED TREASURER SAID THE PLAN IS TO CUT CORPORATE TAX RATES TO 15%. AND SINCE THE REPUBLICANS HAVE CONTROL OF BOTH HOUSES, THAT WILL PROBLEM HAPPEN.

IS THAT GOOD?

WELL, FOR THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMMUNITY, IT IS NOT GOOD.

TRUMP, WHEN HE WAS CAMPAIGNING, REALLY DIDN'T TALK ABOUT PUBLIC HOUSING OR HOUSING AT ALL.

PART OF THE UNCERTAINTY, I GUESS.

EXACTLY.

BUT REDUCING THE CORPORATE TAXES, THAT WILL REDUCE THE LOW INCOME TAX HOUSING CREDIT, AND RIGHT NOW IN TERMS OF FEDERAL SUBSIDIES FOR A NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONSTRUCTION, IT'S DEPENDENT ON THAT.

AND IN RETURN FOR THE LOWER TAXES, THERE MAY BE SOME LOOPHOLES CLOSED?

SURE, AND ALSO DEVELOPERS PERSONALLY I'M SURE ARE NOT UPSET ABOUT TAX CUTS.

YOU KNOW, AS MOST OF US KNOW, INTERNATIONAL PLAYERS HAVE BEEN INVESTING IN NEW YORK CITY'S REAL ESTATE MARKET.

HOW IS A TRUMP PRESIDENCY LIKELY TO AFFECT THAT, IF AT ALL?

IT'S A WILD CARD, BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW IN TERMS OF FOREIGN POLICY WHAT TRUMP WILL DO AND IF HE MIGHT ALIENATE CERTAIN COUNTRIES, IT MIGHT GIVE PAUSE TO SOME INVESTORS TO COME AND PARK THEIR MONEY HERE.

GENERALLY, FOREIGN INVESTORS HAVE BEEN SO EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW YORK STATE REAL ESTATE MARKET BECAUSE IT IS CONSIDERED A SAVE HAVEN FOR THEIR MONEY.

GOING BACK TO THE UNCERTAINTY, WHEN THINGS ARE UP IN THE AIR THAT BECOMES MORE QUESTIONABLE.

BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE ALSO THINK NEW YORK STILL IS GOING TO BE RELATIVELY SAFE.

BUT WHAT IF HE CARRIES OUT THE MORE RESTRICTIVE IMMIGRATION POLICIES HE OUTLINED DURING HIS CAMPAIGN, WHAT IS THAT LIKELY TO DO TO THE REAL ESTATE INDUSTRY HERE?

THAT'S A GOOD QUESTION.

THERE COULD BE SEVERAL DIFFERENT RIPPLE EFFECTS.

ON THE ONE HAND, A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE HERE ARE IMMIGRANTS, AND IF YOU HAVE MORE RESTRICTIVE POLICIES, I'M TALKING ABOUT FOREIGN STUDENTS, FAMILIES FROM OTHER COUNTRIES, BUT ALSO ON THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY SIDE OF THINGS, A LOT OF LABOR DEPENDS ON IMMIGRANTS.

IMMIGRANTS ARE OFTEN WILLING TO WORK FOR LESS WAGES THAN UNION WORKERS.

AND A LOT OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING ACTUALLY IS NONUNION LABOR, SO THAT COULD AFFECT THE PRICE OF CONSTRUCTION.

TALKS ABOUT CONSTRUCTION, IN 45 SECONDS, WHAT ABOUT THE $1 TRILLION INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECT THAT HE'S GOT PLANNED, GOOD OR BAD?

IT DEPENDS.

EVERYTHING DEPENDS.

THERE'S SO MUCH INSECURITY.

THERE'S A LOT.

THERE DEFINITELY IS A NEED FOR IMPROVING INFRASTRUCTURE IN NEW YORK CITY AND ELSEWHERE.

BUT WHERE IS THAT MONEY GOING?

IS IT GOING TO NEW YORK CITY OR ELSEWHERE?

HE'S ALSO GOING TO BE WORKING IN CONCERT WITH A REPUBLICAN CONGRESS, AND WE DON'T KNOW WHERE THE PROJECTS ARE GOING TO GO TO.

SO THAT'S A BIG QUESTION.

ALL RIGHT.

A LOT OF BIG QUESTIONS STILL.

AND I'M SURE YOU'LL STILL BE LOOKING INTO THOSE, NEXT TIME YOU FIND OUT SOME ANSWERS, WE'LL HAVE YOU BACK.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US TODAY.

THANK YOU.

> I'M JIM PAYMAR FOR 'METROFOCUS.'

ACROSS AMERICA, POVERTY IS INCREASING RAPIDLY, BUT NOT WHERE YOU MIGHT EXPECT IT.

IN THE LAST DECADE, THE NUMBER OF POOR RESIDENTS IN THE SUBURBS OF THE LARGEST METROPOLITAN AREAS GREW AT TWICE THE RATE OF CITIES, ACCORDING TO THE BROOKINGS INSTITUTION.

HERE IN THE SUBURBS OF THE GREATER NEW YORK REGION, POVERTY INCREASED BY OVER 35% IN THAT VERY SAME PERIOD.

IN 2015, NEARLY 4,000 PEOPLE ACROSS LONG ISLAND ALONE WERE EITHER LIVING IN SHELTERS, EMERGENCY HOUSING, OR ON THE STREETS.

AS PART OF OUR ONGOING REPORTING INITIATIVE, CHASING THE DREAM, POVERTY AND OPPORTUNITY IN AMERICA, WE'RE LOOKING AT THE GROWING PROBLEM OF HOMELESSNESS ON LONG ISLAND AND ITS IMPACT ON OUR COMMUNITIES, OUR RESIDENTS AND OUR ECONOMY.

WE BEGIN WITH AN INSIDE LOOK AT ONE OF THE DOZENS OF HOMELESS SHELTERS ACROSS LONG ISLAND, BETHANY HOUSE IN BALDWIN, WHICH HAS BEEN ASSISTING HOMELESS WOMEN AND CHILDREN FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS.

FROM THE OUTSIDE, THIS ROOSEVELT RESIDENCE LOOKS LIKE AN AVERAGE SUBURBAN HOME.

BUT STEP INSIDE AND YOU'LL FIND A SUPPORTING COMMUNITY HELPING HOMELESS WOMEN FIND A WAY BACK ON THEIR FEET.

EVERY ROOM HAS A DIFFERENT PERSONALITY, SO THE DYNAMICS CHANGE AS THE FAMILY NEEDS PRESENT THEMSELVES.

Reporter: THIS IS BETHANY HOUSE, A NONPROFIT AGENCY FOUNDED IN RESPONSE TO A GROWING NEED FOR ENERGY SHELTER FOR WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN WHO BECOME CAUGHT IN THE TRAP OF HOMELESSNESS.

BEING A SINGLE PARENT, IT'S VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON ONE INCOME, ESPECIALLY IF YOU'RE WORKING PART-TIME AND GOING TO SCHOOL, IT'S HARD TO FIND A COMFORTABLE PLACE TO LIVE WITH THAT SORT OF INCOME.

BETHANY HOUSE PROVIDES BOTH EMERGENCY AND LONG-TERM SHELTER FOR WOMEN AND THEIR FAMILIES FOR AS LONG AS THEY NEED.

ACCORDING TO THE SHELTER, 94% OF RESIDENTS WHO HAVE STAYED LONGER THAN TWO WEEKS HAVE FOUND SAFE, PERMANENT HOUSING.

ONE OF THESE WOMEN IS JUANITA DOYLE WHO LIVED AT BETHANY FOR SIX MONTHS, AND AFTER LEAVING, HAS STAYED INVOLVED TO BE SORT OF A MENTOR TO OTHER WOMEN LIVING HERE.

MY GOALS ARE EVERY CHANCE, EVERY MOMENT THAT I HAVE TO COME AND HELP SOMEBODY, YOU KNOW, JUST GET THROUGH THE SHELTER EXPERIENCE.

LY DO THAT.

Reporter: FOR SISTER AMY KUNMAN, DIRECTOR AND FOUNDER OF BETHANY HOUSE, IT'S ALL ABOUT PROVIDING SUPPORT AND GIVING BACK.

IT'S SO IMPORTANT TO THE OTHER WOMEN TO SEE SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND COMES BACK.

WE ALSO CREATE A REAL INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY IN OUR HOUSES OF A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO ARE THROWN TOGETHER BY CIRCUMSTANCES, BUT BECOME A COMMUNITY OF PEOPLE WHO CARE ABOUT ONE ANOTHER.

Reporter: BETHANY HOUSE CONSISTS OF FIVE RESIDENTS WITH THE CAPACITY TO HOUSE 85 HOMELESS WOMEN AND CHILDREN NIGHTLY.

MANY OF THE RESIDENTS ARE HERE BECAUSE OF FORECLOSURE.

I HAVE BEEN RENTING, AND EVERY HOUSE THAT I'VE BEEN TO SEEMED TO GO INTO FORECLOSURE BY THE TIME I SIGNED THE LEASE.

SO IT BECAME NECESSARY FOR ME TO SEEK SOURCING, OUTSOURCING HELP FROM OTHER RESOURCES, SUCH AS THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES.

I CAME HERE THROUGH FORECLOSURE.

I WAS LIVING WITH MY DAUGHTER AND HER HOUSE WENT INTO FORECLOSURE.

SO MY SONS AND I, WE NEEDED TO COME TO BETHANY.

HOMELESS WOMEN CAN APPLY TO THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES FOR HOUSING ASSISTANCE, BUT THE AID PACKAGE CAN FALL SHORT IN LONG ISLAND.

A MOTHER OF ONE WOULD BE ALLOWED $343 A MONTH.

HERE YOU CAN'T RENT A ROOM FOR UNDER $600 OR $700.

SO THE DEPARTMENT DOUBLES THE AMOUNT TO $668, BUT YOU CAN HARDLY RENT A ROOM FOR THAT.

SO IT'S HARD FOR EVEN A WORKING FAMILY TO GET BACK ON THEIR FEET.

Reporter: THE WOMEN AT BETHANY HOUSEWORK TOGETHER IN THE JOB-SEEKING PROCESS, GIVING EACH OTHER GUIDANCE NEEDED TO ACHIEVE STABILITY.

I DO HOUSING SEARCH, I DO WORK SEARCHES.

WE SOMETIMES GO TO THE LIBRARY TOGETHER AS THE OTHER LADIES HERE ARE TERRIFIC.

IT'S LIKE A NEW FAMILY.

IT'S ALL ABOUT CREATING A HOME FOR LONG ISLAND'S NEEDIEST WHEN THEY HAVE NOWHERE ELSE TO TURN.

I'M VERY BLESSED TO HAVE GONE THROUGH BETHANY.

SOME PEOPLE WILL SAY TO ME, HOW COULD YOU SAY YOU WERE BLESSED TO BE HOMELESS?

BUT I WAS NEVER HOMELESS WHEN I CAME TO BETHANY.

I NEVER HAD A HOME, AND I FOUND A HOME AT BETHANY.

I CAN'T IMAGINE HAVING BEEN BLESSED ANY MORE THAN TO BE ABLE TO LIVE WITH PEOPLE WHO STRUGGLE.

IT KEEPS US VERY CLOSE TO THE REALITIES OF LIFE, AND HOW CLOSE WE ALL ARE TO EXPERIENCING THE SAME KIND OF PAIN.

AND THE STRENGTH OF THE YOUNG WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN IS A BEAUTIFUL THING TO SEE.

AND IT ALWAYS ENERGIZES ME AND KEEPS ME YOUNG.

I'M SPARTACUS.

I'M SPARTACUS.

I AM SPARTACUS.

IS YOUR HOME OR WHERE YOU LIVE MORE AT RISK OF BEING ROBBED THAN YOUR NEIGHBOR'S?

CHANCES ARE IT COULD BE.

THE CONNECTION BETWEEN BURGLARS AND THE BUILDINGS THEY ROB IS THE SUBJECT OF A NEW BOOK CALLED 'A BURGLAR'S GUIDE TO THE CITY.'

IT'S NOT A HOW-TO BOOK BUT A TELL-ALL HOW THEY DO IT, USING BLUEPRINTSES, URBAN DESIGN AND LANDSCAPES, AND THE AUTHOR, JAF MAYNO, JOINS US TO EXPLAIN THIS.

SO JEFF, WELCOME.

IT'S A REALLY INTERESTING BECOME, BUT LET'S CLEAR SOMETHING UP.

THIS IS NOT A GUIDE TO FLEDGLING BURGLARS TO HOW THEY CAN BREAK INTO PLACES.

THAT'S TRUE.

THAT WASN'T MY INTENTION WITH WRITING THE BOOK, BUT WAS INSTEAD TO LOOK AT THE IDEA OF BURGLARY, THE WHOLE IDEA OF THE HEIST FROM AN ARCHITECTURAL POINT OF VIEW.

IF SOMEONE SAYS TO YOU, WHAT ROLE WOULD THE NOTION OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, OR LAYOUTS, OR EVEN INFRASTRUCTURE, PLAY IN THESE TYPES OF CRIMES?

HOW DO YOU ANSWER THAT?

MANY WAYS ACTUALLY.

ON ONE LEVEL, IT CAN BE AS INTERESTING AND UNEXPECTED AS AN ARCHITECT CAN DELIBERATELY MAKE HALLWAYS NARROW TO A CERTAIN EXTENT SO CERTAIN BURGLARY TOOLS CAN'T BE USED TO CUT THROUGH THE WALL AND GET INTO A BANK VAULT.

BUT IT CAN ALSO BE LITTLE THINGS THAT HOMEOWNERKS DO TO CHANGE A BUILDING SO THEY NO LONGER HAVE VULNERABILITIES.

A PRIVACY FENCE IN FRONT OF A LARGE GLASS WINDOW WHERE THE BURGLAR --

YOU WANT TO GIVE THAT TO THEM.

EXACTLY.

I THOUGHT THE RESEARCH YOU DID WAS VERY INTERESTING.

LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT A COUPLE OF THE PLACES YOU WENT, WHAT YOU WERE LOOKING FOR AND WHAT YOU FOUND.

YOU DID SOME RESEARCH IN TORONTO.

WHAT DID YOU FIND?

THE TORONTO CONVERSATION WAS ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING PARTS OF THE BOOK.

IT WAS A GENTLEMAN WHO NOW WORKS IN THE SECURITY INDUSTRY.

SO HE SPOKE TO ME UNDER A PSEUDONYM.

HIS CURRENT EMPLOYER DIDN'T REALIZE HE WAS A REFORMED BURGLAR.

BUT SPEAKING WITH HIM --

THE 'TO CATCH A THIEF.'

EXACTLY.

KNOWING HOW TO BREAK INTO BUILDINGS MAKES HIM AN IDEAL SECURITY CONSULTANT.

BUT JUST A COUPLE OF KEY DETAILS THAT SURPRISED ME IS HE HAD A REALLY INTENSE LEVEL OF -- PAID A LOT OF ATTENTION TO THE CITY.

CITY'S FIRE CODE, WHICH HE HAD MEMORIZED, AS A TARGETING MECHANISM.

IN WHAT SENSE?

HE COULD TELL FROM THE OUTSIDE BASED ON THE PLACEMENT OF EMERGENCY EXITS A LOT OF THINGS ABOUT THE INTERIOR.

YOU CAN TELL HOW MANY APARTMENTS THERE MIGHT BE ON EACH FLOOR BASED ON WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT THE REGULATED PERMISSIONS FOR HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN LIVE IN A BUILDING.

EVEN THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE FRONT DOOR AND THE EMERGENCY STAIRS IS REGULATED.

SO YOU CAN GUESS HOW FAR THE APARTMENT DOORS WILL BE THAT YOU WILL BE USING.

AND NOT EVERY FLOOR IS AN ALARMED FIRE ESCAPE.

SO SOME OF THOSE ARE LEFT UNALARMED.

IF YOU KNOW THAT, YOU ONLY HIT THE APARTMENTS ON THOSE FLOORS.

IT WAS ALMOST AS IF HE HAD SEEN THE MATRIX OF THE CITY AND HE WAS USING THAT TO CHOOSE HIS BUILDING.

YOU ALSO DID SOME RESEARCH IN LOS ANGELES, BUT THIS TIME FROM THE AIR.

YEAH, THAT WAS ONE OF MY -- ANOTHER ONE OF MY FAVORITE PARTS OF WRITING THE BOOK, I WAS ABLE TO FLY WITH THE LAPD AIR SUPPORT DIVISION, WHICH IS THE LARGEST MUNICIPAL HELICOPTER FORCE IN THE WORLD.

IT HAS 19 HELICOPTERS AND ONE FIXED AIRPLANE.

SEEING THE CITY FROM THEIR PECK SPECKTIVE, MOST CIVILIANS DON'T GET TO GO OVER THEIR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY TRACKING PEOPLE DOWN.

SO SEEING THE CITY AND HOW NEIGHBORHOODS ARE CONNECTED TOGETHER IN WAYS THAT YOU MIGHT NOT ANTICIPATE, LEARNING WHAT POLICE LOOK FOR.

EVEN DETAILS HIKE THE FACT THAT THE STREETS AROUND LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT HAVE BECOME A POPULAR GET AWAY ROUTE FOR DRIVERS FOR CRIMES, BECAUSE THE LAPD CAN'T ALWAYS GET PERMISSION TO FLY NEAR THE AIRPORT DUE TO FLIGHTS COMING IN.

SO CRIMINALS HAVE PICKED UP ON THIS TO AVOID AERIAL SURVEILLANCE.

WHAT YOU REALIZE, THERE ARE A LOT OF SMART CRIMINALS OUT THERE OBVIOUSLY.

THERE'S ALSO A LOT OF VERY DUMB CRIMINALS.

SO THAT'S THE FLIP SIDE OF THE BOOK, GOING BACK AND FORTH BETWEEN THESE GEORGE-CLOONEY LIKE CAT BURGLARS THAT WOULD TUNNEL INTO A BANK IN LOS ANGELES, BUT THEN THERE ARE THE ONES WHO -- ONE EXAMPLE IS A GUY WHO BROKE INTO A KITCHEN IN THE RESTAURANT AND TRACKED -- HE GOT FLOUR OVER HIS SHOES AND WALKED HOME AND HE LED POLICE RIGHT TO HIS DOOR.

THEY'RE NOT ALWAYS THE BRIGHTEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD.

I SPENT A NUMBER OF YEARS AS A PROSECUTOR.

SO BOTTOM LINE HERE, AGAIN, IT'S JUST A READY INTERESTING READ.

IF YOU'RE AN ARCHITECT, A DESIGNER, A HOMEOWNER, WHAT IS THE MESSAGE YOU WANT THEM TO GET?

SECURITY IS -- SOUNDS DAUNTING, BUT IT'S RELATIVELY EASY TO ACHIEVE.

LITTLE THINGS YOU CAN DO HERE AND THERE TO PREVENT TEAM FROM CHOOSING YOUR HOUSE AND NOT YOUR NEIGHBOR'S.

IT CAN BE AS EASY AS EVEN A SPLIT SECOND OF HESITATION WILL MAKE A BURGLAR AVOID YOUR HOUSE BECAUSE IT DOESN'T FEEL RIGHT.

YOU CAN EVEN GO TO -- A BEWARE OF DOG SIGNS CAN BE EFFECTIVE.

IT'S AN INTERESTING AND VERY HELPFUL READ.

'A BURGLAR'S GUIDE TO THE CITY.'

JEFF, THANKS FOR JOINING US.

THANK YOU.

♪ I'M DREAMING OF A WHITE CHRISTMAS ♪ ♪ JUST LIKE THE ONES I USED TO KNOW ♪

BING CROSBY'S CROONING 'WHITE CHRISTMAS' WHICH IS THE BEST SELLING SINGLE OF ALL TIME.

THE MOVIE TELLS THE STORY OF A FORMER SONG AND DANCE MAN WHO TURNS A FARMHOUSE INTO AN INN WITH PERFORMANCES TO CELEBRATE EACH HOLIDAY.

NOW BROADWAY AUDIENCES GET TO SEE THIS BELOVED HOLIDAY CLASSIC IN A PRODUCTION OF 'HOLIDAY INN.'

TAKE A LOOK.

♪ ♪ ♪ SHE STARTED A HEAT WAVE ♪ BY LETTING HER SEAT WAVE ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ [ APPLAUSE ]

I FEEL LIKE I SHOULD STAND UP AND APPLAUD AFTER THAT.

JOINING ME NOW IS ONE OF THE LEAD ACTORS WHO PLAYS THE INN KEEPER.

BRICE BEST KNOWN FOR HIS ROLE IN THE PBS CIVIL WAR DRAMA 'MERCY STREET.'

WE'RE DELIGHTED TO HAVE HIM HERE WITH US.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

I AM AN UNABASHED FAN OF THE SHOW.

I WOULD SUSPECT OTHER SHOWS WOULD BE MORE ENJOYABLE TO DO.

IT LOOKED LIKE YOU ALL WERE HAVING A GOOD TIME DOING THIS.

LOOKS ARE NOT DECEIVING IN THIS CASE.

WE ARE HAVING A GOOD TIME.

I THINK THE DIFFERENCE COMES IN THE AMOUNT OF EFFORT OR EXERTION OR EMOTIONAL, YOU KNOW, REQUIREMENT OF A GIVEN ROLE.

THE THING ABOUT JIM, HE'S SUCH AN OPTIMIST, AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S A SHOW ABOUT A GUY WHO WANTS TO LEAVE SHOW BUSINESS, YOU KNOW, WHICH ON SOME NIGHTS CAN BE REALLY FUN TO PLAY.

AND THE MUSIC ITSELF IS SUCH A JOY TO SING.

I WOULDN'T SAY IT'S EASY, BUT IT'S CERTAINLY -- IT'S CERTAINLY SOMETHING THAT'S AVAILABLE TO YOU EVERY NIGHT, YOU KNOW.

I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT CERTAIN NOTES OR CERTAIN SECTIONS THAT HAVE GIVEN ME TROUBLE, BECAUSE IRVIN BERLIN WRITES SONGS THAT ARE JUST SO HUMMABLE THAT ALMOST ANYBODY CAN THING.

AND YOU CERTAINLY WALK OUT OF THE THEATER SINGING.

HEY, I WALK OUT OF THE THEATER SINGING THE SONGS THAT I HEAR OTHER PEOPLE SING IN THE SHOW, WHICH IS A TESTAMENT TO HIM AND HIS MUSICIANSHIP.

YOU'RE ALSO DOING SOME STUFF ON TELEVISION.

I MENTIONED 'MERCY STREET.'

WE'VE SEEN THE FIRST SEASON LAST YEAR.

I WAS A HISTORY MAJOR IN COLLEGE, WROTE ABOUT THE CIVIL WAR, AND FOUND A REALLY INTERESTING LOOK INTO BEYOND WHAT YOU USUALLY SEE IN TERMS OF WAR SET DRAMA.

WHAT DREW YOU TO BE PART OF THE CAST FOR THIS?

I THINK WHAT DREW ME TO THE PROJECT OTHER THAN THE CAST AND THE CREATIVE TEAM WAS THE FACT THAT IT IS A LITTLE OFF CENTER.

IT'S NOT ABOUT THE BATTLEFIELD ACTUALLY.

IT'S ABOUT THE REPERCUSSIONS OF THE BATTLEFIELD, AND IT'S THE HOSPITAL WHERE BOTH SIDES ARE TENDED TO.

THAT'S WHAT IS FASCINATING ABOUT IT.

IF YOU HAVE THE CONFEDERATE AND UNION SOLDIERS NEXT TO EACH OTHER.

PRECISELY.

I WOULD ALSO ARGUE THAT ITS MAIN CHARACTERS ARE PREDOMINANTLY GIVING THE AUDIENCE A FEMALE PERSPECTIVE ON THE WAR.

THERE'S ONE THING I WANTED TO ASK YOU ABOUT, SOMETHING YOU'VE BECOME INVOLVED WITH AND IT'S SET IN MADAGASCAR AND IT'S DEALING WITH CHILDREN AND HELPING CHILDREN.

TELL ME ABOUT THAT.

A FRIEND AND I STARTED THIS CHARITY TO EMPOWER AT-RISK YOUTH IN MADAGASCAR.

WE TOOK A TRIP THERE AND HAD A LIFE-ALTERING EXPERIENCE AND DECIDED WE WANTED TO BRING MORE OF THE THEATER FROM NEW YORK TO MADAGASCAR.

SO WE STARTED THIS ORGANIZATION AND THE NAME MEANS 'TO SHARE LIFE.'

AND YEAH, IT'S THIS INCREDIBLE THING THAT GREW OUT OF A CRAZY IDEA, AND NOW WE HAVE A CENTER WITH OUR PARTNERS, VISION MADAGASCAR, AND WE RUN AN AFTER SCHOOL CENTER FOR KIDS WHERE THEY GET A MEAL, MENTORSHIP AND SOME THEATER MAKING CLASSES.

IT'S INCREDIBLE.

I BELIEVE THAT WITH GREAT PRIVILEGE COMES GREAT RESPONSIBILITY.

I LIKE TO SHOW THE WORLD.

BROADWAY HAS A SERVICE ELEMENT TO IT, AS WELL.

IT JUST LOOKS LIKE A WONDERFUL PROJECT.

GLAD TO SEE IT DOING SO WELL AND IT SHOWS YOU'RE A GREAT PERFORMER AND A GOOD GUY.

I HAVE TO MENTION WE HAVE A BENEFIT DECEMBER 12th.

WE'RE GOING TO BE AT THE SHEEN CENTER.

I'LL BE SINGING.

BRICE, A PLEASURE.

THANKS FOR HAVING ME.

LOVED SEEING 'HOLIDAY INN.'

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE NEXT SEASON OF 'MERCY STREET.'

YOU BE WELL.

THANKS.

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