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On Saturday, May 4th, artists, architects, poets, technologists, entrepreneurs, and inventors shared their ideas and invited participants to actively shape their city and involve themselves in its urban improvement. StreetFest served as the grand finale of the New Museum's Ideas City festival, a four-day conference featuring workshops and more than one hundred independent and public events for proposing solutions and accelerating creativity. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker was there.
On this week’s episode of BTR Pulse, new correspondent Sarah Fraser hits the streets of New York to ask people what advice they’d give to their younger selves.
Situated on the Bowery in New York City since 1879, The Bowery Mission has been an important safe haven for homeless men and women. As homelessness numbers in the city this past year reached their highest level since the Great Depression, The Bowery Mission has diligently worked to gather as many donations and volunteers as possible. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke with Matthew Krivich, the Director of Operations, about their preparation for another bustling season of holiday giving.
In 2012, the ING New York City Marathon was canceled in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. However, on Sunday, November 3rd, the annual event returned for 2013 -- one of many major marathons going on this fall. Partly because of the bombings at the Boston Marathon that took place in April of this year, the NYPD were in a state of high security throughout race weekend. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke with runners at the Javitz Center about their experiences last year and expectations for this year’s marathon, as well as with Rachel Johnson -- a spokesperson from Team in Training, one of the oldest sports fundraising campaigns from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society -- about the current state of fundraising-associated running.
Last November, we spoke to residents of the Red Hook community that had been devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Despite the fact that Sandy has left a mark on the Brooklyn neighborhood, the strength of the community, and its organizations, have persevered through many obstacles. Now, one year later, BTR Pulse returns to Red Hook to speak with some of the residents, business owners and community leaders affected.
Join BTR's Matt Latola as he makes his way through the 2013 CMJ Music Marathon, proving that you can see plenty of great artists at the annual NYC music festival even without a badge. Along the way, he checks out showcases at venues such as Silent Barn, Pianos (for Floating Fest), The Grand Victory (for BTR's own official CMJ showcase), and the brand new Baby's All Right (for their very first show ever, no less, put on by BrooklynVegan), featuring artists such as Eagulls, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Omar Souleyman, Heliotropes, The Meaning Of Life, and EULA, among many others.
The graffiti mecca in Long Island City known as 5 Pointz has served as a cultural resource as well as a safe, legal space for graffiti artists from all over the world since 1993. Just recently, New York’s City Council unanimously approved a plan to demolish the site and build two high-rise towers in its place. But the case took a twist last week when 16 artists filed a lawsuit alleging a violation of the unique 1990 Visual Artists Rights Act, which grants limited so-called “moral" rights to certain visual artists. This is the first lawsuit in the nation in which graffiti artists have sought legal protection for their artwork. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke with artists and supporters at the Brooklyn Courthouse this past week who have been granted a temporary restraining order against any demolition at 5 Pointz.
The annual CMJ Music Marathon is once again upon NYC, bringing with it seemingly countless artists playing shows all over the city. BTR Pulse's Lauren Hawker spoke with people about why they enjoy CMJ and which artists they're looking forward to checking out this year. Among those mentioned: and the kids, Wild life, The lonely wild, Sheppard, Ghost wave, Father john misty, Belt, Ukulelien, Suā, Yuck, Facts, Savages, Caged animals and Suā.
Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act began on October 1st. It is expected that 7 million people will register online for coverage under the ACA, commonly known as “Obamacare,” before it takes effect on January 1st, 2014. For the 48 million citizens who do not currently have health insurance, it is mandatory to apply by March 31st, 2014, or they will face a tax penalty. Despite the fact that the White House claims Obamacare will decrease the deficit by $210 billion within a decade, there is a great amount of controversy over how effective the health insurance reform will be. Opposition to the law is even partially responsible for the shutdown of the federal government. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke with people about Obamacare and how they think the health reform might effect them.
On Wednesday, September 25th, hip hop pioneer Big Freedia --known as the Queen of Bounce -- enlisted over 350 booty shakin' dancers to help him set the Guinness World Record for Most People Twerking Simultaneously. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke to Big Freedia about Twerkin' and what he thought of Miley Cyrus' VMA performance.
It’s The End Of September And Chaz Mannenheim, Your Host Of Hosts, Is Finding The News Wherever He Can!! On The Street, Chaz Is Digging Up Tales Of Man/Robot Relationships; The Newest, Most Exciting News In Condoms; and of course, All The Hullabaloo About Syria!! See Chaz Mannenheim Talking To The Man On The Street! Getting The Opinions And Personalities Other News Is Just Not Having!!! It’s Here, It’s Him, It’s Time!!! CHAZ MANNENHEIM: NEWSMAN OF YESTERYEAR - MONTH IN REVIEW: SEPTEMBER 2013!!!!
On August 20th, a pedestrian named Sian Green -- a British tourist -- lost her leg at 49th Street and 6th Avenue in midtown Manhattan as a result of an incident involving a taxi and a cyclist. The event spurred on already ongoing debates about the place of bikes and cyclists in a city where bike use has been on the rise in recent years. Right Of Way, a bike advocacy group organized a DIY extension of the bike lane on 6th avenue past its current boundary, near where the August accident occurred. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke with Right Of Way's Keegan Stephan, as well as Liz Patek, a local bike blogger.
Now in its 87th year, New York City’s annual Feast of San Gennaro runs for eleven days in September on the streets of Little Italy. From sausage and peppers to raw clams and piña coladas, the city’s longest-running street carnival boasts more than 300 street vendors sprinkled among live music and carnival games. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke with people at the festival.
As top designers showcased their spring and summer collections for next year during this fall’s Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City, BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker caught up with bloggers, designers, and celebrities to discuss what they were wearing and chat about their personal styles.
Tennis fans descended upon Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens, New York, on Monday, August 26th, for the opening day of the 2013 U.S. Open. This year's tournament, as usual, will be extremely lucrative for the city, generating more than $720 million. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke to people about their love of the sport and who they look forward to seeing in competition.
New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez, who admitted to steroid use in 2009, is currently fighting an unprecedented 211 game suspension that was given to him by Major League Baseball for his alleged involvement with a biogenesis lab. We asked people whether they think A-Rod is a villain or a scapegoat for the League's ongoing steroid issue.
A federal judge ruled on Monday, August 12th, that the NYPD's "Stop and Frisk" policies are unconstitutional and discriminate on the basis of race, ordering the appointment of a federal monitor to oversee reforms in the program. Later that day, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, alongside Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, slammed the decision calling it "dangerous" and claiming that "Stop and Frisk" saves lives. This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker asks people their thoughts on the policy.
Revelers gathered in Times Square on Monday, August 5th, to celebrate National Underwear Day, an attempt to break a world record for the largest gathering of people in underwear. The event, now in its 11th year, focuses on body confidence awareness and empowers participants to be more comfortable in their own skin. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke with people at the event.
On July 13, 2013, a jury in Sanford, Florida, acquitted George Zimmerman of the murder of Trayvon Martin, the 17 year old African American boy he admittedly shot and killed during an altercation in February 2012. Although the case put the state’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” law in the forefront of national debates, Zimmerman’s defense relied on a self defense argument and the shooting and trial have sparked many other discussions about the state of race relations in America. The day after the verdict, rallies were held across the nation; BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker visited one such rally in NYC’s Union Square, where she heard citizens speak out against the verdict -- among them Bill de Blasio, Public Advocate for the city and mayoral hopeful, and Kevin Powell of BK Nation, a non-profit community organization. Hawker then spoke with others in the city the day after the event
The LA pop-rocker with some words of wisdom for the industry.
Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in 2008 amid a prostitution scandal, launched his bid for New York City Comptroller on Monday July 8th, collecting petition signatures in Union Square to secure his place on the ballot while surrounded by a throng of reporters, onlookers, and some hecklers. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke to people about Sptizer's attempted return to elected office and how it may compare to Anthony Weiner's comeback attempt.
A lifetime music nerd, BTR's Matt Lehtola has never been to a music festival like Bonnaroo before. Join him as he loses his 4-day music festival virginity and learns what it's all about. Shot entirely on a GoPro camera, Lehtola and DJ Wynn took in the sights and sounds of the festival culture to bring to BreakThruTV.
Dane interviews Dominique Ansel, head chef and owner of the bakery responsible for the trademarked Cronut.
Since the recent revelations that the National Security Agency is gathering data on Americans' use of telephones and foreigners' use of the internet, a debate has begun about the proper balance between national security and civil liberties. In the wake of the scandal, protesters held a rally in New York's Union Square to show their support for Edward Snowden, the man who leaked the details. While many expressed their discomfort towards government surveillance of citizens, others offered a more favorable view. This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker speaks with people in New York on both sides of the debate.
Following the example of cities like San Francisco and Seattle, Mayor Bloomberg is hoping to implement a mandatory composting plan during his final term as mayor of New York. The plan, effective by 2016, would require New Yorkers to begin separating food waste and other organic materials out from their trash, or risk being fined. This week on BTR Pulse, guest host Heather Mundinger speaks with people in New York about adding another mandatory step to their trash sorting and recycling process.
It has been fifty years since President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law with the goal of abolishing wage disparity between the sexes. Now, half a century later, women still earn less than men: an average of 77 cents on the dollar. For African-American and Latino women, the pay gap is even greater. Meanwhile, a recent Pew survey showed that a record 40% of women are the primary breadwinners in families with children under 18. This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker speaks with people in New York about pay disparity among men and women and also with Patricia Gatling, Commissioner and Chair of The New York City Commission on Human Rights, who weighed in on what women can do if they are being discriminated against by their employer.
Since the recent revelations that the National Security Agency is gathering data on Americans' use of telephones and foreigners' use of the internet, a debate has begun about the proper balance between national security and civil liberties. In the wake of the scandal, protesters held a rally in New York's Union Square to show their support for Edward Snowden, the man who leaked the details. While many expressed their discomfort towards government surveillance of citizens, others offered a more favorable view. This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker speaks with people in New York on both sides of the debate.
What Happened In May 2013?? Someday, People Will Want To Know!!! Chaz Mannenheim Is Bringing It To You Today!!! That’s Right, Yesterday’s News, Not Tomorrow, Not Years From Now -- TODAY!!! With the aid of the man on the street, Chaz will enlighten you about what’s going on with Angelina Jolie’s Mastectomy, The Obama Administration Scandals, and The Sudden Embrace Of Homosexual Love By The Boy Scouts Of America! Witness, with your own eyes, the pure wonder of news being delivered to you, in review, with the enigmatic Newsman Of Yesteryear, Chaz Mannenheim!
Nearly two years after he resigned from Congress because of a high profile sexting scandal, Anthony Weiner has tossed his hat into the race for New York City Mayor. Weiner, whose campaign focuses on helping the middle class thrive, is quickly gaining steam in the polls. After only a week of officially being in the race, Weiner is trailing frontrunner Christine Quinn by just 5% for the Democratic nomination, according to a Marist survey. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker asks New Yorkers how they feel about Weiner's viability as a candidate, especially in light of his past negative publicity.
Actress Angelina Jolie made headlines recently when she revealed in a New York Times op-ed piece that she recently had a preventative double mastectomy after learning she has a faulty gene, known as BRCA1, which gives her an elevated risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancer. Jolie says she is telling the world her story because she wants to be an example for other women. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker spoke to people in New York about Jolie's decision, including oncologist Dr. Lynn Ratner and breast cancer survivor Lynn Buckner who, herself, underwent a double mastectomy.
CitiBike, New York City's new bike share program, is launching in Manhattan and Brooklyn on Memorial Day. Despite early popularity of the idea, some New Yorkers have expressed unhappiness with the placement of some of the 300 bike share dock stations. This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker asks people in New York their thoughts.
BTR’s Matthew Demello and Jordan Reisman sat down with fitness guru and musician Cherie Lily and her husband, Andrew WK, a well-known musician and partier himself. The couple discussed their philosophies on life, partying, and fitness as well as their own relationship. Andrew WK’s recent selection to be a cultural ambassador for the US State Department –- which the department quashed before the gig even began -– was also explored.
On Saturday, May 4th, artists, architects, poets, technologists, entrepreneurs, and inventors shared their ideas and invited participants to actively shape their city and involve themselves in its urban improvement. StreetFest served as the grand finale of the New Museum's Ideas City festival, a four-day conference featuring workshops and more than one hundred independent and public events for proposing solutions and accelerating creativity. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker was there.
The landscape of professional sports changed on Monday, April 29th, when NBA center Jason Collins revealed in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he is gay. Collins is the first active player in the history of major U.S. team sports to come out as openly gay. As opinions from notable NBA stars, as well as other well-known personalities, began rolling in, BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker asked people about the historical timing of this announcement and what the future may hold for sports and sexual orientation equality.
Chaz Mannenheim is once again seeking out the news and peoples’ opinions about said news. And boy, does he get what he’s looking for! Laugh and try to stop laughing as Chaz talks to people about the seemingly unfunny material associated with the Boston Marathon Bombing, California’s Attractive Attorney General, and the deaths of Margaret Thatcher and Roger Ebert!! All of it’s here with your favorite news reporter, Chaz Mannenheim! It’s Month In Review, APRIL 2013!!!!
On Monday, April 15th, two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Three people were killed and more than two hundred others injured, leading to a massive manhunt, the lockdown of a major city, the death and injury of law enforcement officers, and the eventual death of one suspect and capture of another. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker asks people their thoughts on the media's coverage of the events as well as what rights and considerations they believe the suspect in custody should be allowed.
On Tuesday, April 16th, a committee of New York Assembly lawmakers approved a bill to legalize marijuana for medical needs. If the bill should eventually pass into law, New York State would join several other US states where doctors are certified to authorize marijuana use for patients with serious medical conditions. This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker asks people in New York their thoughts on making medical marijuana available and whether there are benefits in legalizing marijuana for recreational use.
In a society where bullying is an ongoing major cause for concern and, in light of recent news that dodgeball has been banned in certain elementary schools, BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker asks people in New York whether they believe kids today are too coddled.
On Monday, April 1st, thousands of baseball fans flooded Yankee Stadium for a MLB Opening Day game between the arch- rival Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. BTR Pulse’s Lauren Hawker talks to fans about their teams, the rivalry, and what opening day means to them.
Ten years ago this month -- on March 20, 2003 -- U.S. led forces invaded Iraq. One of the original rationales for the war was to find weapons of mass destruction that many leaders believed Saddam Hussein to possess and to disarm him. No weapons were ever found. Over the course of the war, tens of thousands of people were killed, including more than 4,000 US service members -- and some estimates of civilian casualties have been much higher. This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker asks people in New York how they felt about the war at the time and how they feel now.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg was dealt a major setback on Monday, March 11th, when a New York Supreme Court judge struck down his controversial plan to limit large sugary drinks in the city's restaurants and other venues. The ruling came the day before the ban was to take effect. This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker asks people in New York their thoughts on Mayor Bloomberg's many aggressive public health campaigns and whether they think they are living in a "Nanny State."
In celebration of New York Beer Week, BTR Pulse explores the wonderful world of craft beer. Lauren Hawker visits three of the city's notable beer shops and speak to the owners about the week long festivities, and the ever-growing interest in craft beer.
As we leave behind 2012 and begin 2013, we ask people in New York City about any new year’s resolutions they may be considering and whether they think making resolutions actually helps people to make their desired changes.

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