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Just a few steps away from Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden is the home of dozens of marionettes. From Pippi Longstocking to the Big Bad Wolf, these hand-carved characters come to life via the puppeteers and puppet makers who give them a hand – or two – at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.
Before this puppet-filled cottage became a theater, it was a schoolhouse brought to the United States from Sweden for a showcase in Philadelphia. That’s where an architect spotted the structure and decided it would look perfect in Central Park. The cottage arrived in New York, via train, in 1876.
In the late 1940s, a traveling marionette troupe began using the cottage regularly. About 30 years later, it officially became the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre.
The theater mounts favorites like “Alice In Wonderland” and “Sleeping Beauty,” but gives each tale a new twist. Original stories also have proved popular, like the current offer, “The Three Bears Holiday Bash,” where strings can make even a bear fly.
What do gourmet ice cubes, the human microbiome and the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge have in common? Water.
On this edition of AudioFiles, we explore how co-operative businesses helped the Rockaways get back on its feet after Sandy. We look at how plastic bags and other trash from the Bronx River ends up in our food, and how rogue scientists and engineers are designing infrastructure that can protect cities from rising tides. We’ll also hear music from our in-studio guest, Selam.
Producer: Gwynne HoganAssistant Producer: Julia Alsop
Host: Reem Nasr
Stories by: Allegra Abramo, Natalie Abruzzo, Caroline Lewis, Danny Lewis, Roxanne Scott, Minda Smiley and Steve Trader
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It was early morning New Year’s Day in 1999, when Orlando Ferrand, a resident of Manhattan at the time, hopped on a subway train headed toward the Bronx. He was heavily intoxicated after a night of partying and had no reason to be headed there.
When he woke up, he was at the Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx. He had overdosed and nearly died.
“Somebody saved my life here in the Bronx, in Jacobi Hospital. I took that as a sign,” Ferrand said.