Margot Adler http://nhpr.org en Eccentric Heiress's Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block http://nhpr.org/post/eccentric-heiress-untouched-treasures-head-auction-block She had three apartments on New York's Fifth Avenue, all filled with treasures worth millions, not to mention a mansion in Connecticut and a house in California. But the enigmatic heiress Huguette Clark lived her last 20 years in a plainly decorated hospital room — even though she wasn't sick.<p>It's just one of many curiosities about Clark, the late heiress to the fortune of copper magnate Sen. Andrew Williams Clark. For years, even friends and family thought she was living on Fifth Avenue. Her lavish gifts to her nurse prompted a police investigation. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:40:00 +0000 Margot Adler 50340 at http://nhpr.org Eccentric Heiress's Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block New Yorkers Protest Long Shadows Cast By New Skyscrapers http://nhpr.org/post/new-yorkers-protest-long-shadows-cast-new-skyscrapers Skyscrapers are a hallmark of large cities. Modern engineering makes it possible to erect something as tall as the Empire State Building on a very small footprint. Although developers love these buildings, in New York — the city of skyscrapers — residents have been <a href="https://www.facebook.com/CentralParkSupertowers" target="_blank">upset at the shadows they cast</a> over public spaces like Central Park.<p>Journalist Warren St. John first noticed the shadows when he took his daughter to a playground near Central Park's southern border on sunny, blue-skied fall day. Wed, 23 Apr 2014 20:21:00 +0000 Margot Adler 47285 at http://nhpr.org New Yorkers Protest Long Shadows Cast By New Skyscrapers A Beer Backlash To LGBT Exclusion In St. Patrick's Parades http://nhpr.org/post/beer-backlash-lgbt-exclusion-st-patricks-parades Beer makers Guinness and Sam Adams withdrew sponsorship from New York and Boston's St. Patrick Day parades, respectively, over the exclusion of openly gay, lesbian and transgender participants. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Margot Adler 45201 at http://nhpr.org A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition http://nhpr.org/post/plan-eliminate-wild-mute-swans-draws-vocal-opposition A plan in New York state to <a href="http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/muteswanmgmtpln2013.pdf">eliminate all wild mute swans there by 2025</a> has drawn protests and petitions on all sides. While some see elegant white birds gliding across the water, others see a dangerous aggressor destroying the local ecosystem.<p>According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the swans — which don't honk but make hoarse, froglike grunts — are not native, and they destroy and attack native species. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Margot Adler 44889 at http://nhpr.org A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y. http://nhpr.org/post/he-fell-earth-little-prince-was-born-ny One of the world's most beloved books is <em>The Little Prince</em> by Antoine Saint-Exupery. Published in 1943, almost two million copies are sold every year, in about 250 languages.<p>If asked where you think the book was written, you might say Paris. You'd be wrong. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:56:00 +0000 Margot Adler 42428 at http://nhpr.org Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y. Small Museum Shows Off Weird Objects http://nhpr.org/post/small-museum-shows-weird-objects In this encore report, we hear about a small museum in an elevator shaft in lower Manhattan. It's only six feet square, and only about three or four people can enter it at a time. The exhibits document the weird and wonderful of modern life, including prison contraband made from bread. (This piece originally aired on Jan. 2, 2014 on All Things Considered). Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Margot Adler 42356 at http://nhpr.org New York's Medical Marijuana Experiment Begins With Caution http://nhpr.org/post/new-yorks-medical-marijuana-experiment-begins-caution New York is one of the only states in the Northeast without a medical marijuana program.<p>Gov. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:57:00 +0000 Margot Adler 42104 at http://nhpr.org Across The Country, People Have Been Caught In The Cold http://nhpr.org/post/across-country-people-have-been-caught-cold Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Sub-zero temperatures broke records in the Midwest, the East and even the South. In Chicago it was minus 16 degrees, in Atlanta a record low of six degrees. And the temperature at Baltimore-Washington Airport hovered near zero.<p>Many people had to change their routines, even our reporter Margot Adler in New York City, where the low of four degrees broke a-century-old record.<p>MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: I am standing in Bryant Park across the street from our office. Usually on a Tuesday, I walk a mile and a half to the gym. I took a cab. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Margot Adler 41437 at http://nhpr.org Tiny Museum Preserves Proof Of Creators' Crazy Stories http://nhpr.org/post/tiny-museum-preserves-proof-creators-crazy-stories Imagine a museum that's only 6 square feet. It's called, simply, <a href="http://mmuseumm.com/">Museum</a> and it's housed in an old elevator shaft in an alley near New York City's courts. It has some odd exhibits on 18 small shelves, and only about four people can fit into the space at a time.<p>The museum was created by three filmmakers: Alex Kalman and brothers Josh and Benny Safdie. Josh Safdie says the idea grew out of a combination of frustration and storytelling. The filmmakers would tell each other amazing tales of what they had seen and found, and the others would want proof. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:18:00 +0000 Margot Adler 41160 at http://nhpr.org Tiny Museum Preserves Proof Of Creators' Crazy Stories Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task http://nhpr.org/post/assessing-bloombergs-legacy-complex-task At the end of this month, Michael Bloomberg ends his three terms as mayor of New York City. Assessing Bloomberg's legacy, a man who went from Republican to Independent, is not a simple thing to do. His 12 years in office were groundbreaking, locally and even globally.<p>But at the same time, many New Yorkers found him arrogant and insensitive to the poor. It's a vein that was tapped successfully by Democratic Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who described New York as a city of haves and have nots. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:29:00 +0000 Margot Adler 40928 at http://nhpr.org Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task Now You Can Buy Your Occupy Wall Street Poster From Wal-Mart http://nhpr.org/post/now-you-can-buy-your-occupy-wall-street-poster-walmart Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And finally this hour, an unlikely twist in the story of Occupy Wall Street. For the past several years, the movement has critiqued everything from the structure of banking to low wage pay. Well, now, you can own a part of Occupy. It's a large panoramic poster of protesters camped out in New York's Zuccotti Park. And as NPR's Margot Adler reports, you can only buy it online at Wal-Mart.<p>MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: The publisher of the poster is Lieberman's, a wholesale supplier of art posters. Wal-Mart is selling it online in two sizes for about 52 and $42. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:54:00 +0000 Margot Adler 40335 at http://nhpr.org Investigation Of New York Train Derailment Continues http://nhpr.org/post/investigation-new-york-train-derailment-continues Transportation officials are investigating what caused a Metro-North Railroad passenger train to derail along the Hudson River in New York on Sunday morning. The crash left four dead and injured dozens more. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:54:00 +0000 Margot Adler 39439 at http://nhpr.org New York's Next Mayor Tries New Tactic To Get Feedback http://nhpr.org/post/new-yorks-next-mayor-tries-new-tactic-get-feedback Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>New Yorkers have a new way to deliver messages to their newly elected mayor, Bill de Blasio. It's a tent, a huge, translucent one on Canal Street called The Talking Transition Tent. More than 11,000 people have wandered through it so far, and it's become a kind of 21st-century soapbox, as NPR's Margot Adler reports.<p>MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: In front of the tent is a huge, illuminated arrow that changes colors, and the word talk is spelled out in large, black milk crates with sparkling lights. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:24:00 +0000 Margot Adler 38995 at http://nhpr.org New York City Raises Smoking Age From 18 To 21 http://nhpr.org/post/new-york-city-raises-smoking-age-18-21 New York City raised the smoking age, officially, from 18 to 21 Tuesday, making it the first large U.S. city to do so. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:54:00 +0000 Margot Adler 38818 at http://nhpr.org Cellphones As Radios: Immigrants Dial In To Native Stations http://nhpr.org/post/cellphones-radios-immigrants-dial-native-stations A year and half ago, Baruch Herzfeld, an entrepreneur in New York City, had a novel idea: connect immigrants in the U.S. with radio stations in their home country using nothing more than a cheap cellphone.<p>The result is <a href="http://zenoradio.com/en/">ZenoRadio</a>.<p>ZenoRadio employee Atif Enin, who's from Egypt, points to a list of countries, each with a U.S. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Margot Adler 38625 at http://nhpr.org Cellphones As Radios: Immigrants Dial In To Native Stations