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Cityscape

An inside look at the people, places and spirit of New York City and its surroundings, with host George Bodarky, Sundays at 6:30am.
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Hot Time in the Old Town

A discussion of a deadly heat wave that hit New York in 1896

This summer’s heat may have given us something to gripe about, but it pales in comparison to what New Yorkers suffered through in August of 1896. A 10-day heat wave claimed the lives of more than 1,300 people in Manhattan alone. One local newspaper described the city as “an inferno of brick and stone.”

Grandpa Had a Long One

A native Lower East Sider best known for his quirky hit song, "Shaving Cream."

Over the years, Manhattan's Lower East Side has produced a number of famous artists, including Luther Vandross. But, little is heard about those who made it only to the fringe of success. Benny Bell was born and raised on the Lower East Side and dreamed of being the next Irving Berlin. He wrote and sung hundreds of songs, many of them novelty tunes. But, Bell's music career never fully took off.

The Plight of the Jobless

Stories of the unemployed and the efforts to help them.

A couple of years ago, when the economy took a turn for the worse, a lot of people found themselves out of work. Today, the unemployment numbers are a bit rosier. But, while some people are saying the worst of the recession is over, the jobless have an entirely different story to tell.

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