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iPhone fever is at an all time high with the release of the latest smartphone from Apple. Orders for the iPhone 5 topped 2 million in the first 24 hours -- more than double the amount of its predecessor, the 4S. Making up two-thirds of the company's profits, the iPhone is Apple's best selling product and has helped it to become the most valuable company in the world. This week on BTR Pulse, we visit Apple specialty store TekServe to find out more about this latest iPhone and ask people in New York about their use and thoughts on smartphones.
Flappers and gents of all stripes made their way to Governors Island in New York on August 18th to get their Gatsby on for Michael Arenella and the Dreamland Orchestra's 7th Annual Jazz Age Lawn Party. Revellers spent the day dancing, drinking, and participating in several activities including a pie-making competition. Month In Review's Chaz Mannenheim joined in on the festivities and spoke to several people about the era.
With the drama of the London Summer Olympics in full swing and winning performances from superstar athletes such as swimmer Michael Phelps and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, we asked people to share their favorite Olympic moments and other thoughts on the number one sporting event in the world.
On July 12th, BTR Pulse attended the first installment of 106.7 Lite FM’s “Broadway in Bryant Park.” The lunchtime series, now in its twelfth year, showcases performances by the casts of some of Broadway’s hottest shows, such as Stomp, Phantom Of The Opera, Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, War Horse and Porgy And Bess. Performances run every Thursday at 12:30 through August 16th.
Teens interested in having anything other than their ears pierced could soon be banned from doing so in New York State. Many piercing shops already reject kids under 18 without explicit parental consent and state lawmakers could follow their lead if a new bill is signed into law. The bill, which would require written consent from parents to be provided and kept on file at shops for 12 months, has already passed both houses in Albany and next goes to the governor’s desk for approval or veto. This week on BTR Pulse we speak to people in New York, including a mother and a local piercer, about their experiences and the proposed law.
We celebrate Food Week with a few recipes handed down to our staff from generations of great chefs.
Rodney King was found dead at the bottom of his swimming pool on June 17, 2012, at age 47. His beating by LA police in 1991, infamously caught on videotape, sparked a controversial trial and riots which exposed continuing racial tensions at the time. After King’s death, Reverend Al Sharpton said the beating "made America focus on the presence of profiling and police misconduct." This week on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker asks people about their memories of Rodney King and whether they think the issues surrounding those events have changed since then.
According to a 1992 law, women in New York have the right to go topless anywhere a man can, so long as they’re not engaged in commerce. Yet many people still don’t know this is legal twenty years after the ruling. This week, on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker caught up with Moira Johnston, a female rights activist from Philadelphia who has ditched her shirt to raise awareness about a woman's legal right to be topless in NYC.
Through the entire month of May, Madison Square Eats has been indulging the intersection of Broadway and Fifth Avenue with array of specialty foods. With over 25 vendors -- including Asia Dog, Red Hook Lobster Pound and and Hong Kong Street Cart -- this foodie’s dream serves up a number of signature dishes all in one location. This week, on BTR Pulse, Lauren Hawker speaks to vendors and patrons at this outdoor food haven.