New York City’s favorite morning anchor pulls back the curtain on the biggest stories around the five boroughs – the impactful, fascinating, and extraordinary headlines reported each week by Spectrum News NY1. Through intimate conversations with the newsroom’s expert journalists, Pat Kiernan illuminates what matters to resident New Yorkers and New Yorkers at heart.
The reflecting pools of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum are surrounded by the names of the thousands who were killed on Sept. 11, 2001 — but the order of the names is not well known. The architects behind the memorial design came up with a concept they called “meaningful adjacencies.” That concept shows the web of relationships of the victims and personalizes each name. The sorting of the nearly 3,000 names, however, was an arduous, years-long process of research and organization. Pat Kiernan speaks with the architect who took on this task to ensure each victim and their relationships would be recognized — and that their families could gather on visits for years to come.
How the city is helping students with dyslexia
Dyslexia is believed to affect 20% of the population, and for the city's public schools, that could mean hundreds of thousands of students. For years, parents and teachers have struggled to identify dyslexia and implement new ways of learning. But beginning this school year, Mayor Eric Adams is launching a pilot program to better screen students for learning disabilities and teach them new ways of reading. Pat Kiernan sits down with NY1 education reporter Jillian Jorgensen to talk about the new program and the upcoming school year.
Inside the race for the new 12th Congressional District
Rep. Jerry Nadler and Rep. Carolyn Maloney have had a long history of friendship and working together in Congress. But when the new maps were approved for the 12th Congressional District, they were faced with a tough call: sit out the next election or run against a longtime colleague. Now, the politicians from the East Side and the West Side are facing off. Making the race more interesting is a third candidate, Suraj Patel, who hopes that he can pull enough votes away from the septuagenarians to secure a victory. Pat Kiernan speaks with NY1 political reporters to discuss the race.
Will we see self-driving cars on New York’s streets?
Autonomous vehicles might have seemed like a concept from a future age, but engineers and car manufacturers have been inching towards this new technology in recent years. But even if a car can navigate itself on the widest of open roads, New York has a unique traffic terrain unlike anywhere in the world. Pat Kiernan speaks with NY1 transit reporter Dan Rivoli about the traffic, pedestrians and obstacles that might stand in the way of autonomous vehicles driving around New York City.
What's in a (neighborhood) name?
SoHo, TriBeCa, Dumbo, NoLIta. Those are all neighborhoods around the city that any New Yorker should be able to point out on a map. But where did those names come from? When does a nickname pass the point to formal acceptance? And how are the names of our city's neighborhoods continuing to evolve, whether because of new residents, new lingo or new real estate investments? Pat Kiernan speaks with NY1 reporters Anna Sterling and Roger Clark about how some New York names came to be and why others didn't stick.
Have we made progress on our severe weather promises?
One year after Hurricane Ida, we return to a neighborhood devastated by the rain and flooding. At the time, a lot of promises were made at every level of government to ensure we’d be better prepared for the next major storm. But has there been follow through? Pat Kiernan speaks with NY1 reporter Ari Feldman, who spoke with those at the center of the story.
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