Big Hopes for Bronx’s Little Italy

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

On a recent Saturday afternoon, Gil Teitel stood in his tiny Arthur Ave. grocery store amid bottles of olive oil and hanging cuts of salami, and pointed to the crowd of shoppers. “And where are you from?” he asked them.

“Howard Beach,” said one customer. “Mount Kisco,” another answered. Long Island, Connecticut and Westchester were among the other responses.

This informal survey by the 73-year-old owner of Teitel Brothers grocery echoes the findings of a soon-to-be released economic impact report by the Belmont Business Improvement District.

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Liquor License Flap in Greenpoint

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

The cafeteria at the Polish and Slavic Center in Greenpoint wants a license to sell beer and wine for this first time in its 28-year history – a controversial move generating opposition among some customers and even accusations of fraud.

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AudioFiles: Talking Turkey

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

The latest edition of AudioFiles looks at Thanksgiving. We hear about a holiday spent in jail and a Brit’s quest to find the meaning behind the quintessential American holiday. We also dig into the truth about  turkey – and learn about events and exhibitions at Lower Manhattan’s Museum of the American Indian.

Michael Hearst of One Ring Zero stops by our studio to play songs from the band’s new food-themed album, “The Recipe Project.”



Producer: Rebecca Lee Douglas
Reports by: Sarah Amandolare, Cara Eisenpress, Elizabeth Hagen, Frans Koster and Rasmus Raun Westh

Hosted by: Rachel Dzanashvili

Production help: Michelle Bangert

The Subsidized Housing Search ‘Maze’

Monday, November 21st, 2011

To find subsidized housing for a largely Polish clientele, the North Brooklyn Development Corporation’s office secretary scours her newspaper daily for three-inch advertisements announcing new, “affordable” housing developments.

Another employee clips ads from the free daily distributed at his subway stop. A tenant organizer sometimes consults online listings published by city and state housing agencies, but staffers have found those entries often are outdated and incomplete.

“You have to be constantly looking for available units, but we just don’t have the time or resources,” said Filip Stabrowski, a tenant organizer at the Greenpoint nonprofit. “A lot of the time, it winds up coming down to word of mouth.”

In the 21st Century, word of mouth is not how New Yorkers typically meet basic needs. The city has modernized many of its functions, building online systems for reporting potholes, appealing parking tickets and tracking the performance of police precincts and local schools. But even as the city undertakes a major expansion of its subsidized housing stock, the process of finding and applying for those apartments has become so haphazard and mysterious that many New Yorkers don’t even know where to start. Others are defeated by the complexity of the system.

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Connections Key in Finding Housing

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Tips on Getting Subsized Housing

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Word of Mouth Helps Home Hunt

Monday, November 21st, 2011

What is ‘Affordable’ Housing?

Monday, November 21st, 2011

NYC Affordable Housing: A History

Monday, November 21st, 2011