Arts & Culture

Foodies Get a Kickstart

Friday, January 30th, 2015

When Elaine Li of Sweet & Shiny Café experienced costly and unexpected repairs for her café and cake decorating business, she turned to Kickstarter for help.

“It saved my butt,” said Li.


Park Puppets Pull Heartstrings

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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.

AudioFiles: Water World

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

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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Bronx Memories, By the Book

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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.


Wax Rockette is a Real Treat

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

AudioFiles: Trending

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Extending Gingerbread Lane

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

Big Ride Through Little New York

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

A Can-Do Take on Art and Hunger

Saturday, November 8th, 2014