New York City is an epicenter of business, finance, arts, culture, food, and so much more. Throughout its history, it’s also been the epicenter of great challenges and crisis - from 9/11 to the Great Recession to the coronavirus pandemic. Each episode, hosts Jamie Rubin and Cheryl Cohen Effron, two co-founders of the non-profit Greater NY, bring you conversations with leaders in the public, private, and non-profit sectors who are working together to build a better New York.
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Why Community Colleges Matter - and Why LaGuardia Community College Matters to New York
New York's community colleges are an essential part of not just the education sector, but the overall workforce, as they provide low cost education and training to thousands of New Yorkers each year.
As we head into the school year, we spoke with Kenneth Adams, president of LaGuardia Community College, about how the school recovers after Covid, the ways it could benefit from the Biden infrastructure bill, and what he sees for the school and its students going forward.
THE CITY and the Role of Independent Local Journalism
With the demise of the Daily News and the shut down of local coverage by the Wall Street Journal, THE CITY, founded in 2019, is more critical than ever to give New Yorkers independent journalism about New York City. Its service journalism was a first read for many New Yorkers during the pandemic, thanks to its interactive Covid-19 tracking map, and it has a hard hitting diverse group of investigative reporters. We speak to executive director Nic Dawes about how the newspaper will amplify the biggest concerns facing New Yorkers going forward.
On Basketball Courts, Neighborhood Crime and Policing
In the wake of the murder of George Floyd and other incidents of police violence across the country, the last year saw a dramatic increase in calls for public safety reform in New York city. At the same time, violent crime is rising to levels higher than we've seen in some time, making it harder to simply accept demands for "defunding." What is the right role of police in the city going forward? We speak to Chauncey Parker, deputy commissioner for community partnerships at the NYPD, about the ways the police department is changing, and how they can better engage with communities.
Why the High Line Matters Post Covid
Governor Cuomo recently announced a new spur of the High Line to link Moynihan Train Hall to the far West Side and another link to the Javits Center, too. We invited Robert Hammond, co-founder and executive director of Friends of the High Line to share his vision as the city emerges from the crisis. He’s been thinking about the way the High Line can be a connector for the needs of all New Yorkers and continue to be a source of economic development and cultural and social activity on Manhattan’s West Side.
Ritchie Torres: Talking about The Future of NYC with Our Newest Congressman in DC
Vaccinations, ending persistent poverty and the Cross Bronx Expressway... These are some things on the mind of new Congressman Ritchie Torres. He joined Congress in an unusual year, in the midst of Covid-19, and following the January 6th attacks on Washington. He’s advocating for his constituents in the Bronx on everything from housing to pollution to job growth to make sure New York City has the best future possible.
Vice, Investing and the Future of New York
There’s a new “vice” in town. New York State has now legalized marijuana, and it will mean not just booming business but also tax revenue. Catharine Dockery, founding partner of Vice Ventures, has been investing in this space - as well as others categorized as vice - for years and believes they could be a cornerstone of New York’s recovery and future.
Insightful and instructive
Great hosts ask sharp questions. Lots of constructive discussions of challenges facing NYC.
Greater is the new hit podcast
Absolutely LOVE. IT. What New York is all about!