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The Big Apple opens its hidden and little-known doors during a very special weekend
Next weekend, New Yorkers and tourists alike will get the chance to snoop around at sites throughout the city that are typically off limits to the public. It’s all part of Open House New York weekend. The event provides an all access pass to hundreds of New York landmarks, businesses, parks and even private homes.
The health impact of 9/11
Next Saturday marks the 9 year anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. Over the past several years, we’ve heard a lot about the illnesses that have afflicted rescue and recovery workers who toiled at the site. But, on this week's Cityscape, we focus more specifically on the plight of those who lived, worked and studied in the area around ground zero.
An exploration of pests in the city
These days the mere sight of a mattress left on the street is enough to make your skin crawl. But, the fear of bedbugs is justified. The blood sucking insects are a growing problem in New York City. In fact, not even the city’s most iconic building is safe. Bedbugs were recently found at the Empire State Building.
From the traditional to the invented, a variety of street games have been played by kids in the City
Over the years, in New York City's five boroughs, kids found a variety of ways to amuse themselves in the streets. They played, and sometimes even invented games, using whatever was at hand; bottle caps, broomsticks, or a piece of chalk.
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.”