AudioFiles: Rituals

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
Rituals make up a big part of our lives. From religious services to how we get ready in the morning, we’ll take you through some of the daily practices that make New Yorkers tick. We’ll hear how a record store — in operation since 1968 — opens with its own ritual every morning in Brooklyn. We’ll also visit a Halloween party where bike clubs from all over the country come to show off – and celebrate their love for two-wheeled vehicles. Voodoo priest and musician Neg Mawon joins us to talk about the religious and cultural traditions that have been a part of his family for generations. And Sam Saffery of the band Bird Courage joins us in the studio for a live set.

Hosted by: Jack D’Isidoro
Stories by: Gabriela Sierra Alonso, Emrys Eller, Tinashe Mushakavanhu and Ryan Wallerson

Produced by: Joseph Altobelli and Lilly Knoepp

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The North Pole in Red Hook

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

Brooklyn has been the home of New York City’s own Santa’s workshop.

This month giant, glossed peppermints dried near stray Charlie Brown heads, perfectly round and bald except for a couple line-drawn squiggles of hair — the last preparations for Macy’s famous holiday window displays that were unveiled Friday at the retail giant’s Herald Square store.


Immigration Anniversary Action

Saturday, November 21st, 2015

The first anniversary of President Obama’s court-challenged executive action aimed at sparing millions of immigrants from deportation prompted events around the city – ranging from a demonstration at City Hall to a renewed push for the DREAM Act to the showcasing of new software that strives to simplify the complex citizenship application process. Our team covered a busy day for immigration advocates.

Dozens of New Yorkers who would qualify for immigration relief under Obama’s executive actions flocked to City Hall to call on the U.S. Supreme Court to remove the final legal barrier to the White House plan. Olivia Leach reports.

Immigrants Seek Supreme Relief from NYCity News Service on Vimeo.



Some 200 young undocumented immigrants fighting for state financial aid to better afford an education gathered at John Jay College of Criminal Justice for the second annual conference of the CUNY DREAMers. It marked the latest chapter in a  four-year battle to pass the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Danni Santana reports.

Pursuing a Shared DREAM from NYCity News Service on Vimeo.


More than 700,000 people were sworn in as new citizens between October 2014 and September 2015. But they represented less than 10 percent of the estimated 8.8 million immigrants eligible for citizenship.

Immigration Advocates Network introduced a new beta version of its CitizenshipWorks software this month. It’s a step-by-step online service that helps simplify the complex citizenship application. Developers say the aim is to do for citizenship paperwork what TurboTax has done for tax preparation. Andrew Menezes reports.

From Software to Citizenship from NYCity News Service on Vimeo.

“League of Legends”-Con Booms

Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Born in Korea in the 1990s, eSports are growing increasingly popular in the U.S., Europe and parts of Asia. “League of Legends,” with more than 67 million players each month, is the champion of the genre. The online fantasy game, created in 2009, began with 40 characters and now has more than 125.

Scores of fans, many dressed as some of those characters, flocked to a celebration of “League of Legends,” hosted by its creator, Riot Games, and Tribeca Games. Riot Games executives promised that more characters are on tap.


SPECIAL REPORT: Twenty-Six Point Two

Sunday, November 1st, 2015

A Haunted Walk in the Park

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Chased by Sandy, Caught by Mold

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Nursing Home Oversight Eyed

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

SPECIAL REPORT: The Pope and the People

Thursday, September 24th, 2015