A haiku from the article: How Tracy Mack-Askew, Chevrolet Vehicle Line Manager, Does It
This is the story of my life.
He’s Nightcrawler, he’s a Bond bad guy, he’s Eli Gold on The Good Wife, and now he’s nearly everyone in an almost one-man Macbeth. Ladies and gentlemen, the great, profane shapeshifter, Alan Cumming (on Studio 360 in all its unedited glory).
Until recently, European tourists seeking poverty-porn have been crowding onto buses to ride through “a real New York City ‘GHETTO,’” i.e., the Bronx.
The controversy that erupted over the tour caused the operator, Real Bronx Tours, to drop it today.
But the NY Post tagged along last week as one tour guide, Lynn Battaglia,made snide comments and gazed at impoverished locals.
As the bus idled across from historic St. Ann’s Episcopalian Church, Battaglia launched into a description of the crime, poverty and violence that plagued the South Bronx during the 1970s recession.
As she spoke, a line of two dozen poor people — including one man visibly agitated by the onlookers — waited for handouts from the church pantry.
“I don’t know what that line’s about, but every Wednesday we see it,” Battaglia told the tourists. “We see them go in with empty carts, and we see them come out with carts full.”
Bronx Borough President slammed Real Bronx Tours last week:
“To have foreigners come and gawk at a long line of people who are less fortunate than they are and to make money off of that and to view them as they are some sort of entertainment is pretty disgusting.”
From our friends at Q2 Music.
“Wait I closed it”
Well well well, look what’s in the WNYC building…
More pics here.
Audra McDonald in the studio. (Photo by @mkatzif / WNYC)
They’re shooting the new Spiderman movie in Chinatown. Actor Andrew Garfield took a break from the set to shoot some hoops. In full spidey attire. Must’ve been pretty cool for these kids…
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Former congressman Anthony Weiner in the WNYC studios talking with Brian Lehrer about his newly-launched mayoral bid. He discussed the “apologizing” he’ll have to do to voters after resigning amid a sexting scandal, his vision for single-payer health care in New York City, the “venemous” bike lanes debate, and more. Listen to full audio and read highlights now.
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Is Network TV Dead Yet?
Vulture’s Joe Adalian says networks have lost the war for buzz and pop culture, but they’re still “the biggest game in town.” He cites FX’s The Americans, about Soviet spies undercover in the US. “It was a great show, a lot of strong buzz,” he tells Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen. “And in the overnight ratings it was losing to repeats of Big Bang Theory on TBS.”
stocking up for summer @SerenaandLily Beach Market! (at Wainscott, NY)
Assuming those are tuned to 93.9…
Ice Cubes Made from Tonic Water…
Folks were serious about their g & t’s back in ‘73!
Early running for best tip of the summer.
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WNYC producer Jody Avirgan has been doing a lot of pitching during this pledge drive. Here’s what it’s like to pitch across from: Jad Abumrad of Radiolab; Richard Hake and Soterios Johnson of the WNYC newsroom; and political reporter Anna Sale. (Hint hint…)