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A weekly dive into the big questions about this city of ours, hosted by Christina Greer, Azi Paybarah and Harry Siegel, and produced by Alex Brook Lynn.
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The 2025 campaign just unofficially kicked off with new fundraising numbers, and NYC could be in for a wild game of musical chairs. Hosts Christina Greer and Harry Siegel discuss that and a national political moment that makes it hard for most New Yorkers to think about a primary that's just 11 months away and seems likely to be a rare competitive …
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For two decades, Stan Mack published a weekly cartoon strip in the Village Voice in which he listened to New Yorkers and documented their sayings and subcultures, assuring readers: “all dialogue guaranteed verbatim.” Now Mack and Fantagraphics have compiled hundreds of highlights from his archives into a book called “Stan Mack’s Real Life Funnies: …
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Our Katie Honan and transportation reporter for THE CITY, Jose Martinez, discuss the Governor's recent withdrawal from putting congestion pricing into effect on June 30th, the consequences of that, and the state's ongoing pattern of advancing the plan and then procrastinating indefinitely.بقلم FAQ NYC
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Eric Adams, now facing a second Democratic challenger, said he was praying for the press while ducking their questions and blessing our own Katie Honan on his way to meet the Pope in Vatican City. Meantime, the mayor finally started repping for the Knicks, who promptly stopped winning, as the NYPD is pretty much mocking the oversight efforts of the…
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Gwynne Hogan, senior reporter for THE CITY, joins hosts Chrissy and Harry to discuss what it’s been like reporting on the NYPD from inside the “frozen zone” it established inside and around the Columbia campus, the NYPD’s wild new messaging machine that’s pumping out flashy action videos and angry tweets while reporters are stuck glimpsing the acti…
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Jeff Mays of the New York Times joins hosts Chrissy, Katie and Harry to discuss Mayor Eric Adams ousting the head of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, trying to install Randy Mastro as the city's now corporation counsel, reversing some of his own cuts in a $111.6 billion executive budget proposal, and much more.…
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Citizens Budget Commission President Andrew Rein joins hosts Katie Honan and Harry Siegel to break down what we know about the nearly quarter-trillion_ dollar state budget that just dropped, weeks late, what to expect from the city's ongoing budget negotiations, and much more.بقلم FAQ NYC
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In the latest episode of FAQ NYC Off Cycle, journalist Steve Fishman talks with Harry about his his new podcast, The Burden, where he speaks with and digs into the history of former NYPD super-cop Louis Scarcella, the detective who locked up New York’s baddest guys back in the city’s “bad old days” — and with the convicted murderers turned jailhous…
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Albert Fox Cahn of the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project breaks down the problems with the mayor’s plan to deploy "weapons detectors" — which are really just metal tube detectors — in the train system. Plus hosts Chrissy, Katie and Harry discuss the NYPD's hyper-aggressive new approach to its perceived enemies on social media, and much more…
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In a pre-internet world, the Village Voice was a newspaper like no other: a haven for writers about avant garde arts, Black politics, queer identity and a million things more — and that's after the pages devoted to exposing the seamy side of New York City politics. In this episode of FAQ NYC, Alyssa Katz, the executive editor of THE CITY who worked…
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Hosts Chrissy and Katie discuss the $364 million former President Trump was ordered to pay to New York in a fraud case, as well as his brand-new sneakers and the FBI's investigation into the FDNY. Plus, there's a Vital City interview between physician and epidemiologist Jay Varma and Sociologist Erik Klinenberg, author of the newly published book ‘…
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The Gowanus Canal is a “toxic Wonderland” in the midst of a neighborhood undergoing a complicated transformation. Hear from locals, government officials and developers about the future of the area — and what challenges stand in the way of a cleaner, more resilient community. Samantha Maldonado, senior reporter at THE CITY, and independent journalis…
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A small patch of land and the buildings located on it contain radiological contamination, posing a cancer risk for workers on the site and nearby neighbors. Work is ongoing to get rid of the threat — but it hasn’t been easy to get there. Samantha Maldonado, senior reporter at THE CITY, and independent journalist Jordan Gass-Pooré dig in on episode …
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An underground spill of chemicals in North Brooklyn is the latest focus of community efforts to clean up a neighborhood that’s long dealt with industrial pollution. Hear from locals who live on top of the so-called Meeker Avenue Plume and want people to remember, as one neighbor said, “It’s more than just a toxic site.” THE CITY’s senior reporter S…
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Newtown Creek is one of the country’s most polluted waterways. Flooding from sea level rise and storms threatens to spread the creek’s contamination and bring pollution from outside the water into it. The feds are figuring out how to include climate change into the clean-up plan they’re developing. THE CITY’s senior reporter Samantha Maldonado and …
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Guest host Richard Kim, THE CITY's editor in chief, talks to journalists Kai Wright and Lizzy Ratner about their Blindspot podcast digging into the early years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and focusing on overlooked populations including intravenous drug users, incarcerated people, and the pediatric patients separated from their families "who lived and…
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On the FAQ NYC podcast, Chrissy, Katie and Harry discuss the brouhaha over a police officer pulling over Public Safety Chair Yusef Salaam in the middle of an online City Council hearing, and much more. Plus, Craig Gurian of the Anti-Discrimination Center explains his group's settlement with the city that sharply cuts the share of affordable housing…
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With his approval rating below 30%, Mayor Eric Adams has been trading personal barbs with the public advocate while his administration refuses to implement a law passed by the City Council. Hosts Christina Greer and Harry Siegel discuss whether there’s a method to his madness, and much more.بقلم FAQ NYC
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In his new book, “The Lost Subways of North America,” author and cartographer Jake Berman has compiled nearly two dozen historical portraits of cities from Atlanta to Washington, D.C. to show how the great and not-so-great mass transit systems of the U.S. and Canada came to be and what their history tells us about America’s future. In this episode …
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In the third and final installment of the pod's year-end mini-series of stories about a "New York minute," you'll hear from Michael Gartland and Ellen Moynihan of the Daily News, telling yarns about found beef, cops and lost cats. They’re followed by Justin Miller of New York Magazine on hearing an unsolicited tale of massages and romances. Finally…
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Mayor Eric Adams, who won office talking about making New York feel safer, is cutting spending on core services even as his own poll numbers are plummeting and as critics are talking, however cynically, about “a city in crisis.” Co-hosts Christina Greer and Harry Siegel discuss all that, the last big cases to emerge from the Adult Survivors Act and…
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