TONIGHT ON METROFOCUS

First son Eric Trump caused a firestorm after being accused of making an anti-Semitic comment while discussing investigative journalist Bob Woodward. This, as the administration adopted a new policy on anti-Semitism in schools. Public outcry and demands for justice for victims of sexual abuse grow louder, as Pope Francis gathered American Catholic Church leaders today for an unprecedented meeting on the clergy sex abuse scandal. A new ferry will get you from the Lower East Side to Long Island City in about a half hour, and it comes with spectacular views at the right price. As PBS’ The Great American Read continues, the Brooklyn Book Festival hits its stride. We have the details on the largest literary event in our area.

Aired on September 13, 2018.

TRANSCRIPT

> TONIGHT ON METRO FOCUS.

ANTI-SEMITISM DURING THE TRUMP PRESIDENCY.

ERIC IS ACCUSED OF A FIRESTORM.

ANTI-SEMITISM FOR SCHOOLS.

WE'LL HAVE THE LATEST.

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH UNDER FIRE AND UNDER THE MICRO SCOPE AS PUBLIC OUTCRIES AND DEMANDS FOR JUSTICE FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ABUSE GROW LOUDER.

THE POPE GATHERED CHURCH LEADERS FROM THE U.S. TODAY AHEAD OF A LARGER MEETING IN FEBRUARY.

THE FIRST OF ITS KIND.

THE PONTIFF ADMITS HIS OWN GRAVE ERRORS IN JUDGMENT.

TAKE ME TO THE EAST RIVER AND TAKE ME TO LONG ISLAND.

A NEW FERRY CAN GET YOU THERE IN ABOUT A HALF HOUR.

GET ON BOARD, WE'RE GOING FOR A RIDE.

AS TBS'S GREAT AMERICAN READ CONTINUES, THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL HITS ITS STRIDE.

WE HAVE THE LARGEST DETAILS ON THE LITERARY EVENT IN OUR AREA.

WHICH IS ALMOST ONE OF THE MOST RESPECTED IN OUR COUNTRY.

THOSE STORIES AND MORE AS METRO FOCUS STARTS RIGHT NOW.

> THIS IS METRO FOCUS, WITH RAPHEAL P. RAMON, JACK FORD AND JENNA FLANNIGAN.

METRO FOCUS IS MADE POSSIBLE BY JAMES AND MERRILL TISH, BERNARD AND IRENE SCHWARTZ.

ROSALIND P. WALTERS.

AND BY --

> GOOD EVENING, AND WELCOME TO METRO FOCUS.

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ONCE UNDER THE MICRO SCOPE FOR COVERING UP PAST SEXUAL ABUSE BY PRIEST HAS NOW FOUND ITSELF UNDER FIRE.

THE POPE HELD MEETINGS WITH THE U.S. DELEGATION OF BISHOPS AND CARDINALS TO DISCUSS RECENT GRAND JURY FINDINGS.

MORE THAN 1,000 CHILDREN WERE SEXUALLY ABUSED BY PRIESTS DATING BACK DECADES IN PENNSYLVANIA.

BISHOPS AROUND THE WORLD WERE CALLED TO A MEETING TO DISCUSS HOW TO STOP ABUSE.

POPE FRANCIS HIMSELF IS UNDER FIRE FOR WHAT HE MIGHT HAVE KNOWN ABOUT THE COVER-UPS AND WHEN.

NEW YORK STATE IS HOME TO ABOUT 7 MILLION CATHOLICS AND IT COULD ALSO BE THE NEXT FLASHPOINT IN THE SEX SCANDAL.

LAST WEEK, NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL BARBARA UNDERWOOD ISSUED SUBPOENAS TO EVERY CATHOLIC DIOCESE IN THE STATE, EIGHT IN TOTAL.

AS PART OF A SWEEPING INVESTIGATION AS TO HOW THE CHURCH WE VIEWED POSSIBLY COVERED UP ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE OF MINORS BY CLERGY.

METRO FOCUS' JENNA FLANNIGAN SPOKE WITH A MEMBER OF THE SPOTLIGHT INVESTIGATIVE UNIT THAT REPORTED ON WIDESPREAD SEXUAL ABUSE AND SUSPECTED COVER-UP.

SHE BEGAN BY ASKING HIM ABOUT WHAT THE NEW YORK INVESTIGATORS ARE LOOKING TO UNCOVER.

WELL, I THINK IT'S A VERY WELCOME DEVELOPMENT AND ALSO I'D HAVE TO SAY LONG OVERDUE.

I MEAN, AFTER ALL, IT IS 16 YEARS SINCE THE BOSTON GLOBE'S SPOTLIGHT TEAM YOU DISCOVERED THAT FOR DECADES THEY COVERED UP RAMPANT SEXUAL ABUSE.

THE SAME THING HAPPENED IN PENNSYLVANIA, TUCSON, LOS ANGELES, IRELAND, AUSTRALIA, IT HAPPENED IN CHILE, IN FACT, EVERYWHERE SOMEONE HAS BOTHERED TO TAKE A LOOK, USUALLY LAW ENFORCEMENT, SOMETIMES JOURNALISTS, WE HAVE FOUND THE SAME THING, THIS IS SYSTEMIC ALL OVER THE WORLD, IT'S A PATTERN, AS I SAY, THE OTHER ATTORNEYS GENERAL GETTING INVOLVED, VERY WELCOME DEVELOPMENT, A LOT OF PEOPLE STILL NEED JUSTICE, BUT LONG OVERDUE.

INTERESTING THAT YOU WERE SAYING THAT THIS HAS BEEN SYSTEMIC IN ALL THESE OTHER CITIES, AFTER THE ATTORNEY GENERAL REPORT IN PENNSYLVANIA WAS RELEASED.

THE BISHOP OF PITTSBURGH CAME OUT AND SAID, THIS ACTUALLY ISN'T FAIR, AND NECESSARILY CORRECT BECAUSE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS BEEN VERY TRANSPARENT IN REPORTING ABUSE AND NOT COVERING IT UP, AND HANDLING THINGS THROUGH THE PROPER CHANNELS FOR AT LEAST THE PAST 30 YEARS.

ARE YOU SAYING THE BISHOP OF PITTSBURGH IS INCORRECT?

HIS STATEMENT IS PATENTLY FALSE.

IF HE'S CORRECT, WHY ARE WE LEARNING ABOUT ALL OF THESE ATROCITIES IN PENNSYLVANIA FOR THE FIRST TIME?

IF THE DIOCESE WERE BEING TRANSPARENT THIS WOULD BE NOTHING NEW.

BUT IT'S BRAND NEW.

THE OTHER THING THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS DONE WAS ISSUE THE DALLAS REPORT.

IT WAS A SYSTEM THAT WAS PUT IN PLACE FOR HOW ABUSE WAS MEANT TO BE HANDLED.

DID IT GO FAR ENOUGH?

OR WAS THAT SOMETHING THAT WAS PUT IN PLACE FOR PR REASONS BUT NEVER REALLY FOLLOWED THROUGH?

WELL, DOI GIVE THE AMERICAN BISHOPS CREDIT FOR GETTING TOGETHER IN 2002 AND PROMULGATING THE CHARTER FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE.

IT WAS A VERY GOOD FIRST STEP.

THERE ARE A LOT OF IMPORTANT PROVISIONS IN THAT CHARTER.

I CREDIT THE BISHOPS FOR PUBLISHING THAT DOCUMENT.

I DON'T THINK IT'S A PERFECT DOCUMENT, AND I DON'T THINK ALL THE BISHOPS IN AMERICA ARE ADHERING TO ITS PROVISIONS.

THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO NOTE IS THAT THE BISHOPS ARE NOT RELEASING ALL THEIR DOCUMENTS ON CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE, THERE IS NO TRANSPARENCY, THERE'S NO TRANSPARENCY UNTIL A DISTRICT ATTORNEY OR AN ATTORNEY GENERAL OR A LAWSUIT IS FILED.

THERE'S NO TRANSPARENCY UNTIL THERE'S A SIFRN ILINVESTIGATION OR A LAWSUIT.

OR AN INVESTIGATION BY SOMEBODY LIKE THE BOSTON GLOBE'S HIGHLIGHT TEAM.

WHAT IS THE NEXT PROPER STEP TO HAPPEN.

BECAUSE SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE VERY PASSIONATE AND VERY DEEP WITHIN THEIR FAITH WITH THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ARE SORT OF FEELING LIKE THEIR FAITH AND THEIR INSTITUTION THEY'VE BELIEVED IN FOR SO LONG IS SOMEHOW UNDER ATTACK SECULARLY.

IS THAT FAIR TO SAY?

OR HOW WOULD YOU FRAME THIS?

I THINK IN BOSTON, FOR EXAMPLE, THE MOST CONSERVATIVE DEVOUT CATHOLICS DID NOT HAVE ANY ILL WILL TOWARD THE GLOBE SPOTLIGHT TEAM WHEN WE PUBLISHED OUR SERIES.

I THINK THE MOST CONSERVATIVE DEVOUT CATHOLICS SAW CORRECTLY THAT IT WAS CARDINAL LAW WHO SULLIED AN INSTITUTION THEY LOVED VERY MUCH.

AND CONTINUED TO LOVE UNTIL THIS DAY.

MY EXPERIENCE WITH CATHOLICS IS THAT THEY WANT THIS CLEANED UP.

THEY LOVE THEIR CHURCH.

THEY LOVE THEIR INSTITUTION AND THEY WANT THE WHOLE PHENOMENON OF CLERGY SEXUAL ABUSE TO BE CLEANED UP.

THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE AFTER.

THE BISHOPS HAVE NOT DONE THAT.

THE VATICAN HAS DONE ALMOST NOTHING.

SO IT'S REALLY UP TO CIVIL AUTHORITIES TO COME FORWARD AND DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE.

I THINK MOST CATHOLICS WILL WELCOME THAT.

BRINGING THIS BACK TO THE SUBPOENAS THAT WERE ISSUED BY BARBARA UNDERWOODS OFFICE.

IS THIS SOMETHING WHERE WE CAN EXPECT TO SEE SURVIVORS COMING FORWARD ENMASS, AND NOT ONLY TELLING THEIR STORIES, BUT ASKING FOR SOME SORT OF HELP OR SOMETHING IN DEALING WITH THE TRAUMA THEY'VE BEEN INFLICTED?

I THINK THE VICTIMS ARE GETTING SOME HELP.

BUT I THINK WHAT WE'RE GOING TO FIND IS, AS YOU SUGGESTED.

IS MANY, MANY MORE VICTIMS.

I WOULD SAY IN A STATE LIKE NEW YORK, I THINK NEW YORK HAS THE SECOND LARGEST CATHOLIC POPULATION OF ANY STATE IN AMERICA.

I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO FIND THOUSANDS OF NEW VICTIMS.

I THINK THEY'RE GOING TO WANT JUSTICE, AND IN MANY CASES THEY'RE GOING TO WANT REDRESS, AND THEY'RE GOING TO WANT TO FILE LAWSUITS TO GET SOME COMMENTARY SAYING FOR THE SUFFERING THEY'VE ENDURED.

NEW YORK STATE HAS ONE OF THE MOST RESTRICTIVE STATUTES OF LIMITATIONS WHEN IT COMES TO FIBLING CIVIL LAWSUITS FOR CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE.

YOU KNOW, THERE'S A BIG PUSH IN THE LEGISLATE TOUR TO GET THIS LAW CHANGED.

THERE'S BEEN GREAT RESISTANCE TO CHANGING THIS VERY RESTRICTIVE STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS, AND A LOT OF THAT COMES FROM THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

THE LAST QUESTION, IS THIS ALSO FAIR TO LAY THIS JUST AT THE FEET OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH?

THERE'S BEEN ALLEGATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE ON THE PART OF MORAL AUTHORITIES TOWARD CHILDREN IN VARIOUS OTHER RELIGIOUS SECRETARIES AS WELL?

YES, IT'S TRUE.

I THINK WHEREVER THERE'S AN INSTITUTION THAT'S A SECRET TO SOME EXTENT, WHETHER IT'S A RELIGION, THE PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM, YOU'RE GOING TO FIND CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, THERE'S NO DOUBT ABOUT IT, I THINK IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, IT'S ESPECIALLY PERNICIOUS.

THE CHURCH PRESENTS ITSELF AS A MORAL LEADER.

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH HAS THIS CELIBACY REQUIREMENT.

WHICH ENGENDERS A CULTURE OF SECRECY WITHIN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH.

I THINK THE CATHOLIC CHURCH ALSO, BECAUSE IT IS A WORLDWIDE GLOBAL ORGANIZATION, I THINK THE PROBLEM IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS ESPECIALLY PERNICIOUS AND WIDESPREAD.

LISTEN, MICHAEL.

I WANT TO THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US, THANK YOU FOR THE WORK YOU'RE SPOTLIGHT TEAM DID MOMENTS AGO.

I HOPE THIS STORY DOESN'T CONTINUE TO REPEAT ITSELF, WE SHALL SEE WHAT COMES OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL AND THEIR UPCOMING REPORT.

I'LL TELL YOU THAT THE STORY IS GOING TO REPEAT ITSELF OVER AND OVER, ALL OVER THE WORLD.

THAT'S MY PREDICTION.

THANK YOU.

YOU'RE WELCOME.

> ANTI-SEMITISM IN THE AGE OF A TRUMP PRESIDENCY.

YESTERDAY FIRST SON ERIC TRUMP CAUSED A STIR WITH THIS REMARK REGARDING BOB WOODWARD AND HIS NEW BOOK FEAR THAT MANY HAVE SEEN AS A BLATANT EXAMPLE.

DON'T YOU THINK YOU CAN WRITE SOME SENSATIONAL NONSENSE BOOK, CNN WILL HAVE YOU ON THERE, THEY LOVE TO TRASH THE PRESIDENT.

IT WILL MEAN YOU SELL THREE EXTRA BOOKS.

YOU MAKE THREE EXTRA SCHECK ELS.

SCHECK ELS IS ISRAEL'S STANDARD OF CURRENCY, IMMEDIATELY RAISED RED FLAGS, THE WORD IS OFTEN USED IN A DEROGATORY FASHION.

ONLINE CRITICISM WAS POINT CALLING THE YOUNGER TRUMP INSANE OR OUTRAGEOUS.

AND WHAT HE SAID WAS DONE INTENTIONALLY.

WOODWARD WHO ISN'T JEWISH, RESPONDED WITH THIS.

I JUST HOPE NO ONE WOULD TALK LIKE THAT, FRANKLY.

I THINK THAT DOESN'T FIT.

AND I'M SORRY, ANYONE TALKS LIKE THAT, WHETHER IT'S A DOG WHISTLE OR WHATEVER THE INTENT IS.

IT'S NOT -- I MEAN, PART OF THE POINT OF THIS BOOK IS THAT WE NEED TO HAVE A SERIOUS DEBATE ABOUT SERIOUS ISSUES.

AND TO USE INVEHICLETIVE AND THIS ATTACK RHETORIC OR -- WHATEVER IT MIGHT BE.

IT SETS US BACK.

THIS CONTROVERSY CAME OUT AT THE SAME TIME THAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ADOPTED WHAT MAY WELL BE A NEW DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM IN SCHOOLS MANY ONE WHICH IS BEING RECEIVED BY CHEERS AND JEERS.

HOW THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION INVEST INVESTIGATES DISCRIMINATION AGAINST JEWISH CHILDREN.

JOINING US IS MICHAEL STRATFORD.

WELCOME TO YOU.

GOOD TO BE WITH YOU.

LET'S SET THE STAGE FOR WHAT THE CIVIL RIGHTS OFFICE, THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IS NOW DOING?

AND THEY'RE REFERENCING A CASE THAT AROSE AT RUTGERS IN 2011.

GIVE US JUST A QUICK SENSE OF WHAT THAT WAS ALL ABOUT, IF YOU WOULD?

SURE.

SO IN BRIEF, AMID ON GOING TENSIONS THERE, BETWEEN PRO ISRAEL AND PRO PALESTINIAN STUDENTS.

A PRO PALESTINIAN GROUP HELD AN EVENT AT WHICH IT WAS ALLEGED THAT SOME STUDENTS WERE CHARGED AN ADMISSION FEE THAT WAS DIFFERENT BASED ON A PERCEPTION THAT THEY WERE JEWISH OR PRO ISRAEL.

THAT IS A FACT THAT'S IN DISPUTE IN THE CASE.

SEVERAL ORGANIZATIONS FILED A COMPLAINT WITH THE U.S.

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION'S OFFICE ALLEGING THAT DISCRIMINATION UNDER FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAW.

THE COMPLAINT WAS DISMISSED, BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION IN 2014.

THE ADMINISTRATION CITED A LACK OF EVIDENCE.

SEVERAL GROUPS AT THE TIME APPEALED -- DID NOT APPEAL HAS BEEN PENDING SINCE 2014, WHAT THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION DID LAST WEEK OR SEVERAL WEEKS AGO WAS TO REOPEN THE CASE.

AND THEY DID SO IN SORT OF A CONTROVERSIAL WAY, IN DOING SO, THEY ADOPTED A NEW DEFINITION OF HOW THE OFFICE WOULD DEFINE ANTI-SELL TIGS.

LET'S TALK ABOUT KENNETH MARCUS.

SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE CRITICAL OF THIS ACTION HAVE BEEN CRITICAL OF HIM, WHY?

KENNETH MARCUS FOR A LONG TIME HAS ADVOCATED FOR JEWISH STUDENTS ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES AND HAS SOUGHT TO COMBAT ANTI-SEMITISM ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES.

THE CONCERN EXPRESSED IS SOME OF HIS APPROACHES WOULD EFFECTIVELY STIFLE FREE SPEECH ON CAMPUS AND STIFLE OPPOSITION TO THE POLICIES OF ISRAEL ON COLLEGE CAMPUSES.

AM I CORRECT THAT ESSENTIALLY THAT IT WOULD SEEMS TO BE SAYING NOW, IS THAT THE NOTION OF YOUR ETHNICITY IS SOMETHING THAT THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS WILL LOOK HARD AT AND THAT THEY'RE SAYING WE'RE GOING TO PUT THE NOTION OF A PRO ISRAELI, A JEWISH COMMUNITY INTO THAT CATEGORY, SO -- THEY HAVEN'T DONE A FINDING ON THIS, YET CORRECT?

BUT THAT GIVES US A BASIS TO LOOK INTO IT, RATHER THAN WHAT THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION HAS SAID, IS THAT AN ACCURATE DEPICTION OF THE POSITION?

I THINK THAT'S RIGHT, WHAT THE LETTER THAT WENT TO RUTGERS LAST MONTH SAID WAS, THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS REOPENING ITS INVESTIGATION TO EXAMINE THE EVIDENCE THAT WAS ALREADY THERE IN LIGHT OF THIS NEW DEFINITION OF ANTI-SEMITISM, WHICH INCLUDES IN SOME CASES DELEGITIMIZING ISRAEL AS ANTI-SEMITISM.

MICHAEL, IT'S A BIT COMPLICATED, YOU HELPED US UNDERSTAND IT MUCH BETTER THAN BEFORE?

I THINK THIS IS GOING TO OBVIOUSLY CONTINUE AND OUR HOPE IS, WE GET YOU BACK IN HERE AND TALK A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THIS CASE AS IT MOVES DOWN THE LINE.

THANKS FOR SPENDING TIME WITH US.

THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.

YOU BE WELL.

> THE NEIGHBORHOOD IS WITHOUT A LOT OF TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS.

THE ADDITION OF THE FERRY LINE WILL COMPLETELY TRANSFORM HIS COMMUTE.

WHEN I WENT TO GET TO WORK, IT INVOLVES ME TAKING THE BUS TO THE DE LANNCY ETHICS STOP, HOPPING ON THE F TRAIN, TRANSFERRING TO THE SIX AND TAKING THAT TO MY FINAL DESTINATION AT 23rd STREET.

WE FEEL YOUR PAIN.

THIS BEHIND ME RIGHT HERE.

THAT COMMUTE USUALLY TAKES ME OVER 30 MINUTES.

THIS WILL TAKE ME FROM HERE, GETTING OFF AT STUYVESANT COVE.

I'M AT WORK.

THE WHOLE ROUTE OF THIS NEW LINE FROM LONG ISLAND CITY DOWN TO WALL STREET.

I CAN TRAVEL THAT WHOLE ROUTE IN THE SAME AMOUNT OF TIME IT USED TO TAKE ME TO GET TO WORK BY SUBWAY AND BUS.

MICHAEL IS NOT ALONE.

THE RIDERS WE TALKED TO SAID THIS NEW WATERWAY LINE IS A WELCOMED EDITION.

IT WOULD HAVE BEEN 7 TO THE F AND THEN A FAR WALK.

I HAVE TO GO NEAR THE WATER ANYWAY, SUDDENLY BECAME A DIRECT TRIP.

IF YOU'VE TAKEN A LOOK, IT MAY SEEM THE EAST RIVER IS BUSIER THAN IN THE PAST.

YOUR EYES AREN'T DECEIVING YOU.

WATERWAY TRANSPORTATION HAS BEEN A MAJOR INITIATIVE FROM BILL DE BLAZ YO.

YOUR STORY SPEAKS VOLUMES.

WE KNOW PLENTY ABOUT THE BUSES, THE SUBWAYS, WE KNOW ABOUT HOW CROWDED THE SUBWAYS ARE, AND THE CHALLENGES THE SUBWAY SYSTEM FACED.

WE KNOW THE STREETS ARE CONGESTED.

WE KNOW WE NEED NEW WAYS TO GET AROUND.

WE ARE NOT GOING TO BE THE CITY THAT WE ARE MEANT TO BE IF WE DON'T HAVE BETTER OPTIONS.

AND THAT'S WHAT LED US TO NYC FERRY.

THE LOWER EAST SIDE ROUTE RUNS FROM LONG ISLAND TO EAST 34th STREET, THEN TO STUYVESANT COVE, AND FINALLY WALL STREET.

IT COSTS 275 FOR A RIGHT, THE SAME AS AN MTA FARE.

HOWEVER, THERE'S NO FREE TRANSFER TO BUSES AND TRAINS.

THERE IS A FREE TRANSFER TO OTHER FERRY LINES.

THE OPENING OF THIS ROUTE IS THE LAST LEG TO USE THE TRANSPORTATION WATERWAY.

IT TOOK THREE YEARS, WE LITERALLY HAD TO FIGURE OUT EVERYTHING.

WHAT WOULD THE ROOTS BE, WHERE DO WE GET THE BOATS.

WE HAD TO FIND A WAY TO GET THE BOATS MADE FOR THE NYC FERRY SYSTEMS.

WE FIGURED OUT WE NEEDED BIGGER BOATS.

THE FERRY SYSTEM WAS SO POPULAR.

THREE YEARS IN THE MAKING, BUT WE HAVE GOTTEN THERE NOW.

SIX LINES, FULLY OPERATIONAL AS OF TODAY.

WHAT WE ARE FINDING IS NEW YORKERS LOVE THE FERRY.

THEY LOVE TO BE OUT ON THE WATER.

WE SPENT OUR WHOLE LIFE LOOKING AT IT, TIME TO GET OUT THERE AND BE ON IT, AND TRAVEL AROUND ON IT.

HERE'S A QUICK LOOK AT ALL SIX LINES OF THE NYC FERRY SYSTEM.

ALL THE FERRIES RUN IN THE EAST RIVER.

THE ASTORIA LINE WORKS ITS WAY DOWNTOWN TERMINATING AT WALL STREET.

THE ROCKAWAY LINE GOES FROM WALL STREET, STOPPING IN BROOKLYN BEFORE IT REACHES ROCKAWAY.

YOU HAVE THE EAST RIVER LINE IN TEAL, SERVING HUNTER'S POINT AND SEVERAL STOPS IN BROOKLYN.

STAYING IN BROOKLYN, THERE'S A SOUTH BROOKLYN LINE IN PINK, AND THAT GOES FROM WALL STREET DOWN TO BAY RIDGE.

WE CAN'T FORGET ABOUT THE NEWEST PART OF THE SYSTEM IN YELLOW, THE LOWER EAST SIDELINES THAT 9 STREET, MAKING ITS WAY DOWNTOWN AND FINALLY ENDING AT WALL STREET.

WE'RE REACHING A LOT OF COMMUNITIES THAT WERE CUT OFF IN TOO MANY WAYS.

THE ROCKAWAYS, SO MANY COMMUNITIES THAT HAVE BEEN YEARNING FOR IN FACT DECADES.

THEY FERRY SERVICE IN THE BRONX IS THE FIRST IN THE 1930s, JUST TO GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE OF HOW LONG WE'VE BEEN WAITING.

THE BEST OFFICE YOU CAN HAVE.

CAPTAIN McMANUS IS ABOUT ONE OF 350 WORKERS TO WORK ON THE LINE.

TO YOU AND I, CAPTAINING A BOAT SEEMS STRAIGHTFORWARD.

THERE'S A LOT MORE TO IT THAN THAT.

I CAN TELL YOU THAT MUCH.

THERE'S A LOT OF BOATS AND TRAFFIC.

CONDITIONS, THEY CAN CHANGE ON A DIME.

YOU GO FROM UNLIMITED VISIBILITY TO YOU CAN'T SEE THE BOW OF THE BOAT.

ONE OF THE BUSIEST WATERWAYS IN THE COUNTRY.

YOU HAVE TO STAY ON TOP OF YOUR TOES.

A JOB THAT LOOKS LIKE IT CERTAINLY WILL KEEP HIM BUSY, THE FERRIES HAVE CARRIED MORE THAN 6,000 PASSENGERS SINCE THE SERVICE BEGAN LAST MAY.

FAR EXCEEDING WHAT HE AND THE CITY WERE EXPECTING.

IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S NOT JUST THE CITY THAT'S TAKEN TO WATERWAY TRAVEL.

WE'VE ADDED A LOT OF BOATS AND ON TOP OF THAT, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF THE OTHER FERRY SERVICES ARE EXPANDING AS WELL.

SO EVEN IN THAT ONE YEAR, IT'S GROWN PRETTY --

IF EVERYONE'S COMING --

TO ME NYC FERRY ADDED SEVERAL BOATS TO ITS FLEET AND PLANS TO ADD EVEN MORE NEXT YEAR.

THE MAYOR SAYS THE SIX LINES ARE PART OF HIS FIRST PHASE OF HIS FERRY PROJECT AND SAYS PLANS ARE ALREADY IN THE WORKS TO BRING EVEN MORE FERRY SERVICE TO OTHER PARTS OF THE CITY, WHICH COULD INCLUDE THE HUDSON RIVER.

> ON SEPTEMBER 16th, BROOKLYN BORROW HALL WILL BE COVERED IN BOOKS, PUBLISHERS AND LITTER INS ALIKE.

JENNIFER EGAN AND HARRY KUNSRU ARE JUST A FEW OF THE AUTHORS WHO WILL BE IN THE BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL OFFERING READINGS AND DISCUSSIONS.

HOSTING EVENTS RANGING IN PROGRAMMING AMTED AT LITERARY LOVERS TO THE WELL RED PARENTS OF CHILDREN WHO WANT TO FOLLOW IN THEIR FOOTSTEPS.

IF YOU CAN'T MAKE IT TO BROOKLYN, YOU HAVE OTHER OPTIONS.

> JOINING US TODAY WITH ALL THE DETAILS IS THE CHAIR OF THE BROOKLYN LITERARY COUNCIL.

AND EDITOR IN CHIEF, JOHNNY TEMPLE.

AND CO CHAIR OF THE POETRY COMMITTEE.

WHO RECENTLY AUTHORED INCORRECT MERCIFUL IMPULSES.

WELCOME TO METRO FOCUS.

THANK YOU.

THANKS FOR HAVING US.

LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS BROOKLYN BOOK FESTIVAL.

IT'S CALLED BROOKLYN, BUT THIS ISN'T JUST KINGS COUNTY IN.

THAT'S RIGHT.

IT'S AN INTERNATIONAL BOOK FESTIVAL.

WE HAVE WRITERS COMING HERE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, IN FACT THIS YEAR WE HAVE WRITERS FROM U UGANDA, SOMALIA, KENYA, ARGENTINA, CROATIA, THE FESTIVAL IS BASED IN BROOKLYN AND HAS A BROOKLYN FLAVOR TO IT, BUT IN FACT IT'S -- IT FEATURES WRITERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

PEOPLE TRAVEL FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD TO THE FESTIVAL AS WELL.

YOU ARE GOING TO BE A FEATURED AUTHOR I BELIEVE.

I'M MODERATING A PANEL ON POETRY AND POLITICS.

PEOPLE WHO AREN'T FAMILIAR WITH YOUR WORK, TELL US ABOUT THE WORK YOU DO.

WELL, I'M A POET.

I JUST HAVE THE BOOK OUT, AND MY WRITING REALLY ENGAGES WITH QUESTIONS OF HUMANITY AND HOW PEOPLE FIT INTO THE CULTURE AND THEIR CONTEXT.

SO I'M REALLY INTERESTED IN THE IDEA OF HOW POETRY CAN BE A WAY OF ENGAGING IN THE WORLD, AND A WAY OF ENGAGING IN YOUR POLITICAL MOMENT AS WELL.

THAT'S ONE OF THE REASONS I WANTED TO MODERATE THAT PANEL.

THERE'S A LOT OF OTHER EVENTS THAT WILL BE HAPPENING AS WELL?

IT'S A WEEK LONG SERIES OF EVENTS.

STARTING ON MONDAY AND GOING ALL THE WAY THROUGH SUNDAY.

THERE'S BOOK END EVENTS ALL WEEK FROM MONDAY TO SUNDAY.

BOOK END EVENTS ARE LITERARY EVENT THAT IS MIGHT BE IN A CAFE, A BOOK STORE, A MUSEUM.

SO INCREDIBLY INTIMATE SPACES.

ABSOLUTELY.

AND THEN THE 15th SATURDAY IS CHILDREN'S DAY AT METRO TECH PLAZA IN BROOKLYN, AND THEN THE 16th IS THE MAIN DAY OF THE FESTIVAL AT BOROUGH HALL PLAZA.

THERE'S 300 OFFICERS PARTICIPATING IN THE PROGRAMS ON THE 15th OR 16th.

I SHOULD SAY THE 16th IN PARTICULAR.

THERE WILL BE 15 STAGES RUNNING ALL DAY.

WE HAVE HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF AUTHORS PARTICIPATING.

WE LIKE TO THINK OF IT AS THERE'S SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY AT THIS FESTIVAL.

I KNOW PEOPLE WHO ARE ORGANIZING OR CO CHAIRING THE FESTIVALS -- ARE THERE ANY PARTICULAR AUTHORS OR EVENTS YOU'RE LOOKING FORWARD TO.

ONE IS A PROGRAM ABOUT ATHLETES AND ACTIVISM.

THERE'S A FORMAL --

THAT'S INCREDIBLY TIMELY.

VERY TIMELY.

THERE'S A FORMER NBA PLAYER.

A WASHINGTON WIZARD NAMED ETON THOMAS.

WHO JUST WROTE A BOOK CALLED WE MATTER.

AND HE'S ON A PROGRAM WITH A WOMAN, AN OLYMPIAN AS WELL AS DAVE ZYRAN WHO'S A SPORTSWRITER.

AND THE PROGRAM IS MODERATED BY SEAN KING.

IT SHOULD BE A SPICY AND FUN PROGRAM WITH A LOT OF STRONG OPINIONS BEING EXPRESSED.

DEFINITELY IF SEAN KING IS MODERATING, I WOULD SAY SO.

ON THE LITERARY SIDE.

ONE OF THE PROGRAMS, ONE OF OUR BLOCKBUSTER PROGRAMS FEATURES ONE OF THE GREAT KENYAN WRITERS.

ONE OF THE GREAT WRITERS OF THE 20th AND 21st CENTURY.

HE'S TRULY A LITERARY ICON, SHARING THE STAGE WITH JOYCE CAROL OATES AND SEVERAL OTHERS.

THE POETRY OF JOY IS SOMETHING WE CAN ALL USE RIGHT NOW, AND SO IT WILL BE POETS MEDITATING ON THAT, AND THEIR READINGS.

CHEN CHEN, AMY, AND OSCAR, WHICH I THINK IS GOING TO BE A FUN PROGRAM.

I THINK THE POETRY OF JOY IS REASON ENOUGH TO COME OUT.

LISTEN, THANK YOU BOTH FOR GIVING US SOME INFO ON THIS UPCOMING BOOK FESTIVAL.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

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