5 episodes

Welcome to the Epicenter NYC podcast. Every week we share an in-depth look at one of our top stories. We'll also take a moment to share a story from one our neighbors - someone like you! For more visit us at epicenter-nyc.com and subscribe to our newsletter.

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Welcome to the Epicenter NYC podcast. Every week we share an in-depth look at one of our top stories. We'll also take a moment to share a story from one our neighbors - someone like you! For more visit us at epicenter-nyc.com and subscribe to our newsletter.

Intro music by http://karavikamusic.com/

    NYC open streets advocates on the future of the program; Meet Radha Vatsal of Jackson Heights

    NYC open streets advocates on the future of the program; Meet Radha Vatsal of Jackson Heights

    The Open Streets program in NYC started just over a year ago. The program has since grown to nearly 70 miles of city streets. Even though it began as a direct response to the pandemic restrictions, it seems like it’s here to stay. So, what are advocacy groups saying about the new legislation that passed? And what needs to happen in order to make the program sustainable for every community?

    Also, critically acclaimed author Radha Vatsal tells us her New York story. Her essays and stories have appeared in The Atlantic, The LA Review of Books, The Smithsonian Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, CrimeReads and The Brooklyn Rail.

     

    Our full stories on open streets:

    https://epicenter-nyc.com/rent-relief-the-fight-over-70-miles-of-open-streets-unmasking/

    https://epicenter-nyc.com/open-streets-are-here-to-stay-free-drive-ins-feminist-futures/

    Transportation Alternatives: https://www.transalt.org/

    Loisaida Open Streets Community Coalition: https://www.facebook.com/loisaida.oscc/

    More on Radha Vatsal: https://www.radhavatsal.com/

    Our intro music: http://karavikamusic.com/

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    • 14 min
    The story of an Ecuadorian lawyer selling masks on Roosevelt Avenue; Meet Mazin Sidahmed of Brooklyn

    The story of an Ecuadorian lawyer selling masks on Roosevelt Avenue; Meet Mazin Sidahmed of Brooklyn

    Epicenterreporter Andrea Pineda-Salgado joins us to share the story of an Ecuadorian father, grandfather, lawyer, and business owner who now lives in New York City and sells face masks on the corner of Junction Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue.

    We'll also hear from Mazin Sidahmed, the co-executive director of Documented, a non-profit news site devoted to covering New York City’s immigrants and the policies that affect their lives. He’s previously worked for The Guardian, Politico, and The Daily Star in Beirut. 

    Our full story on Antonio: https://epicenter-nyc.com/a-tale-of-two-lives/

    Documented: https://documentedny.com/

    Run The World | What Women Should Demand in a Post-Pandemic World livestream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j5bjOQH9bg

    Our intro music: http://karavikamusic.com/

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    • 11 min
    St. Johns Director of Public Health on COVID-19 in Queens; Meet Nicole Perrino of The Bronx

    St. Johns Director of Public Health on COVID-19 in Queens; Meet Nicole Perrino of The Bronx

    Epicenter’s Mitra Kalita talks to Dr. Harlem Gunness, the director of public health at St. John’s University. 

    He’s previously held roles as a Senior Officer with the US Public Health Service working at the CDC to investigate diseases like SARS and Ebola.

    Most recently, Dr. Gunness has led research on why certain neighborhoods in New York City were hit harder than others during the COVID-19 pandemic. He’s also asking some important questions. How prepared are we for the next pandemic? And how can we make sure our most vulnerable communities will be more protected in the future.

    We're also joined by Nicole Perrino. Nicole is the founder and editor of Bronxmama, a popular website for families looking to learn about local events, reviews, travel ideas, giveaways, and more. 

    Nicole also works with Windows of Hip Hop, a nonprofit promoting the educational and historical perspective of Hip Hop. 

    Dr. Harlem Gunness: https://www.stjohns.edu/academics/faculty/harlem-gunness

    Bronxmama website: https://www.bronxmama.com/

    TBN24: https://www.tbn24.com/

    Kids and the Covid Vaccine livestream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXR00Kym7ZA&t=207s

    Run the world livestream (Unmuted): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/run-the-world-what-women-should-demand-in-a-post-pandemic-world-registration-154699720027

    Our intro music: http://karavikamusic.com/

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    • 20 min
    Why we scheduled 5,037 vaccine appointments; Meet Kirsten Cunha of Midtown East

    Why we scheduled 5,037 vaccine appointments; Meet Kirsten Cunha of Midtown East

    Back in January, when the second wave of the pandemic hit NYC, the Epicenter team began booking vaccine appointments for the elderly, essential workers, and people in the community with underlying conditions. In the end 8000 people reached out to Epicenter for help or resources and the team scheduled 5037 appointments. Along the way we learned a lot.  

    Later, you'll meet Kirsten Cunha. After losing her father to Covid-19 on Valentine's Day, Kirsten channeled her grief into action. She began volunteering with Epicenter to book vaccine appointments for our neighbors and shares what that experience was like for her. 

    Kirsten Cunha's viral tweet: https://twitter.com/KncunhaCunha/status/1363225646722334721?s=20

    Epicenter NYC Vaccine stories from Grandma: https://epicenter-nyc.com/1858-2/

    Epicenter NYC Real talk on vaccines: https://epicenter-nyc.com/1887-2/

    Epicenter NYC Vaccine secrets: https://epicenter-nyc.com/peanut-butter-in-woodside-vaccine-secrets-head-to-hartford/

    Epicenter NYC Registering thousands of neighbors: https://epicenter-nyc.com/what-we-learned-registering-thousands-of-our-neighbors-for-vaccines/

    District 25 City Council forum livestream (Epicenter-NYC and TBN24): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXzRrDHdVLI

    Run the world upcoming livestream (Unmuted): https://www.eventbrite.com/e/run-the-world-what-women-should-demand-in-a-post-pandemic-world-registration-154699720027

    Our intro music: http://karavikamusic.com/

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    • 20 min
    The joy and wisdom of Sidiki Conde; Meet Mitra Kalita of Jackson Heights

    The joy and wisdom of Sidiki Conde; Meet Mitra Kalita of Jackson Heights

    Sidiki Conde was 14 years old when he lost the use of his legs to polio. In his home country of Guinea in West Africa, a physical disability like that can be thought to bring shame and bad luck to a community. Now at age 59, Conde lives in a fifth-floor walkup in the East Village.Conde’s path to happiness came to him through a dream, during which he saw himself singing and dancing. He took it as a sign, and through much hard work and persistence taught himself to dance on his hands. Doing so allowed him to participate in his culture’s coming-of-age ceremony, which reconnected him to his community.
    He began traveling around Guinea performing before becoming something of an international sensation. He settled in New York City about two decades ago.
    Recently, Conde was among 54 immigrant artists featured in the Center for Traditional Music and Dance’s Beat of the Boroughs initiative. He talked to us about his participation in the event, as well as the Covid-19 situation in his home country.

    Epicenter NYC on Sidiki Conde: https://epicenter-nyc.com/dancing-on-our-hands/

    New York Times on Sidiki Conde: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/05/nyregion/coronavirus-polio-Sidiki-Conde.html

    Center for Traditional Music: https://ctmd.org/programs/touring-artists/sidiki-conde-and-tokounou/

     Epicenter NYC livestream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGtRrf-Gyr4&t=117s

    Our intro music: http://karavikamusic.com/

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 26 min

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